All around the world, eyes were on Scotland last week. Last Thursday's referendum rejected the proposition that Scotland become an independent state.
Certain rules and traditions are observed each time the top leaders of India and China get together.
South Korea and Japan have recently been moving to build momentum toward repairing their soured relations, with the possibility growing that South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold their first bilateral summit in the months to come.
Muslim societies are gradually opening up, when it comes to women. The older culture of segregation was based on early marriages, which helped prevent sexual frustration. But economic pressure and evolving social attitudes are rapidly changing that tradition.
The people of Scotland have spoken, and they have said No to their independence. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has stepped down as a result, while British Prime Minister David Cameron is credited as the man who saved the Union. The victory of the No camp should not come as a surprise after the huge amount of pressure that was brought to bear on the Yes campaign, with dignitaries high and low coming with promises, threats and dire warnings about an independent Scotland.
Korea's rice market will open fully to foreign imports starting next year, ending 20 years of rice import caps.
The last time Malaysia was elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), it received an overwhelming 174 votes out of 176 cast. That was 16 years ago.
In recent months, Chinese consumers have seen U.S. companies in mainland China come under government criticism, if not outright attack, for food safety, price fixing and other unsavory practices. The not-so subtle message to China's citizens could well be: don't go thinking foreign brands, products or behaviors are better than those of China.
A senior R.O.C. naval officer yesterday expressed hopes of obtaining submarines from the United States to beef up the defensive capabilities of the nation's armed forces.
Why is history important? Let me begin by asking another question: After 50 years of nationhood, how well do Singapore citizens know their country's history?