Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Kenya, his father's birthplace, for the first time since becoming president in 2009. Also on his itinerary was Ethiopia. It was the first time for a serving American president to visit either country.
Two and a half years after the Philippines first sought international arbitration in its disputes with China over the South China Sea, the first hearings were finally held in The Hague this month by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, despite China's refusal to take part and its contention that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction.
The historic agreement reached by the world's major powers and Iran on that country's nuclear program marked the Obama administration's biggest diplomatic achievement in six years. China was one of the P5+1 countries negotiating with Iran. What was its role?
Since early this year, Beijing has been capitalizing on the fact that 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and has repeatedly sought to embarrass Japan by reminding the world of its aggression against China in the 1930s and 1940s.
China's new national security law, enacted last week by the National People's Congress, the country's parliament, is worrying on several levels, both because of what it says and because of what is left ambiguous.
Chinese sayings are hot these days. The United States Supreme Court, in its ruling on same-sex marriage, cited Confucius. And at the opening of the U.S.-China strategic and economic dialogue last Tuesday, speakers from both sides quoted Chinese proverbs, showing that they at least had something in common.
As expected, the Hong Kong Government's electoral reform package, which had been the focus of heated debate, failed to pass in the Legislative Council, thus blocking Beijing's formula for "one man, one vote" elections for Chief Executive in 2017.
At a time when Chinese capital and Chinese tourists are flooding into every corner of the world, the Chinese government is seeking the return of hundreds, possibly thousands, of former officials who have fled overseas, taking with them vast sums of illicit money to their newly adopted homes.
That old question, what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object, received a new answer on June 4 when tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong poured into Victoria Park for the 26th year in a row to commemorate those who died in Beijing in 1989 when tanks rumbled into the capital and converged on Tiananmen Square.
Over the last two weeks, China and the United States moved dangerously close to the brink of war for the first time in almost two decades, but the annual security forum in Singapore saw the two sides adopt a less hawkish, while still firm, stance on disputes in the South China Sea.1 Comment