As the first quarter of 2015 comes to a close, ambitions for regional economic integration are running high in Asia. Three major frameworks for economic integration are slated for completion this year.
A recent survey conducted by Ming Chuan University shows that an astounding 83.49 percent of respondents are satisfied with the performance of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), whose rise to one of the most prominent positions in Taiwan politics is nothing short of astonishing. This feat is made even more amazing given that Ko, now riding a wave of political success, isn't even a politician in the strictest sense of the word.
2015/4/4, 7 Comments
North Korea this week downplayed South Korea's recent decision to join a China-led financial institution as a trade-off for the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defence system on its soil. Uriminzokkiri, the North's propaganda website, claimed the U.S. was strengthening its push to send a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence battery to the peninsula in return for letting the South become a founder member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Men constantly seek power and glory. Once you taste that nectar, there is no turning back. It is like an addiction. That is why politicians cannot leave the political arena once they set foot in it, even though it is perilous and dangerous. For example, lawmakers keep running for a National Assembly seat even though it costs them a fortune.
In many respects, South Korea's decision last week to participate in the China-led new regional infrastructure development bank was sensible.
The ruling against the 62-year-old adultery law at a constitutional court hearing in February was not merely the conclusion to a controversial decades-long debate. It also reflected changing norms in a traditionally patriarchal Korean society.
2015/3/31, 4 Comments
War in the Middle East is not exactly Earth-shattering news in a region that always had more than its fair share of bloodshed.
2015/3/31, 1 Comment
Pragmatism was a constant in Lee Kuan Yew's thoughts and actions during his years as prime minister, and later.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went into the recent parliamentary elections with a sharp turn to the right that yielded the results he sought.
A visionary leader who saw Singapore rise from a former colonial outpost to a global economic powerhouse, Lee Kuan Yew passed away Monday, leaving behind a legacy that will be hard to emulate.