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In the early 1990s, a fierce East-West debate arose concerning whether the economic success of Asia was due to Asian values of hard work, fielty and paternalistic government, largely attributable to Confucianism, Islam, Hinduism and other Asian cultures.
The biggest presence in the council halls of the World Economic Forum's East Asia Summit had not even sent a representative to Manila. Yet none could miss it.
Seizing power when all major political faction leaders were in the same room was the easy part, analysts say. What comes next for Thailand, however, will be more complicated and the consequences could be grave.
We now know Vietnam's immediate reaction to China's steps to begin drilling for oil in an area of the South China Sea that both sides claim. More than 20,000 Vietnamese workers spilled out of control at two Singapore-run industrial parks, attacking factories thought to be Chinese-owned.
The whole world is watching, literally with bated breath and for obvious reasons, as to how India will fare under Narendra Modi's stewardship.
After more than six months of political confrontation and tension, the Thai military has finally taken action — abruptly, as it turned out. Early yesterday Army Commander-in-Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha declared martial law and set up the Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC) in a bid to stem growing violence in the country.
With the ties between Seoul and Beijing getting closer, questions have been raised over where the Sino-North Korea relationship is heading.
As never before seen, the U.S., Russia and China — representing three different world views and practices — are competing head-on in shaping the norms and values of a modern international system that has been operating since the end of World War II.
At a Taiwanese factory in a Singapore-run business park just north of Ho Chi Minh City, security men sitting behind shattered plate glass in a guardhouse said there is no question the Paracel islands in the South China Sea belong to Vietnam.
If Japan is serious about maintaining the dynamism of its economy and society, stemming the nation's rapid population decrease is an absolute necessity. The government must demonstrate its leadership and launch a full-scale operation to tackle this problem now.
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