Thursday, March 6, 2014
Thailand's anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has apparently retreated from its multiple rally sites in the city of Bangkok, bringing some reprieve to the traffic flow after several weeks of disruptions.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Gary Locke's appointment as U.S. ambassador to China in 2011 triggered huge expectations. His departure last week was marked by an official commentary that used language that demeans a great power and the supposed heirs of an ancient civilization.
In the last 10 days, both Singapore and Hong Kong announced their budgets for 2014/2015. The theme of the Singapore Budget was “Opportunities for the Future, Assurance for our Seniors.”
A brazen and bloody machete attack at a Chinese railway station could herald an ominous change in the violence Beijing blames on separatists from Xinjiang, analysts say, threatening more incidents far beyond the restive region.
Egypt's military-installed authorities are tightening their grip on mosques by laying down the theme for the weekly Friday sermons, in the latest move to curb Islamist dissent.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ukraine has placed its army on full combat alert, but with ageing equipment and limited personnel, it has remained cautiously defensive in the face of an incursion by Russian forces.
Kunming, more than 2,000 kilometers south of Beijing and clear across the country from Xinjiang, home of the ethnic minority Uighur group, is an unlikely target for separatist terrorists.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's first-ever government work report when he opens the annual session of China's national Parliament on Wednesday will be scrutinized for fresh details about the top leadership's much-vaunted but vague reform agenda.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye marked her first anniversary in office on Feb. 25 by unveiling her new economic vision and a three-year reform blueprint geared toward it.
Monday, March 3, 2014
William Randolph Hearst, the celebrated editor of the New York Journal who started yellow journalism together with Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World, defined news as something people want to talk about. Well, it's true, particularly in Taiwan, after Chiang Ching-kuo lifted the newspaper ban shortly before his death in 1988. So, pressmen in Taipei began telling a revealing gag: What readers you have, what news you print.
> Joe Hung