Monday, July 7, 2014
Hong Kong is one of the world's busiest ports, but as a growing number of container ships compete with fishing boats for space in an ever-shrinking harbor, a spate of accidents has raised fears for maritime safety.
The government watchdog Control Yuan issued a report this June that pointed fingers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), saying that it is partially responsible for the cutting of ties with Taiwan's former African ally last November., 1 Comment
Sunday, July 6, 2014
June is the time for Wimbledon tennis, World Cup football and in Basle, hundreds of the world's central bankers gather for the Annual Meeting of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
The Fourth of July weekend in the United States celebrates community, local as well as national. Parades featuring people in uniform — scouts, firefighters and police as well as the military — traditionally are a fixture. Military uniforms remind us of the role of war in our history — and present. The current Veterans Administration scandals remind us of how serious related problems can become.
Before returning home after a two-day state visit on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a business forum in Seoul. President Park Geun-hye was alongside him. Later in the day, Park hosted a private luncheon for Xi and his wife at a traditional Korean house, a rare hospitability she offers to visiting heads of state.
Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar opposition party faced calls to inject new blood into its ageing top ranks as it opened a landmark conference Saturday dedicated to its youth wing.
The digital age has created a host of new etiquette dilemmas. What should you do when your boss sends a Facebook friend request? Is it OK to take and share smartphone pictures at a friend's wedding? When should you take off Google Glass, rather than just turn it off?
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Seoul this week has put North Korea in a difficult spot when it comes to ties with its two neighbors.
Set to the backdrop of continuing violence, growing narcotics production and fear about the future following the pullout of international forces, the recent round of Afghanistan's presidential elections have become all the more crucial to produce a climate of needed stability in a land that knows only chaos.
In a bid to prevent history from repeating, an interim charter will likely incorporate a provision that empowers the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to have control over an interim government, especially when it comes to issues that affect national security.