It's crunch time for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his economic policies.
In 2007, when social worker Peter Huang, 45, started organizing the delivery of dental and school supplies to children in impoverished villages in central Gansu province, he had grand hopes of seeing their lives transformed by economic growth.
Two small Philippine fisheries boats ferrying food supplies to a tiny detachment of Filipino troops on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal slipped past a blockade of two Chinese Coast Guard ships on Saturday, breaking into the international news spotlight the escalating territorial disputes between China and the Philippines and five other countries in the South China Sea and East China Sea.
In an electoral environment where personality triumphs over policy, it is probably not surprising that the Indonesia media spends an inordinate amount of time dwelling on process instead of platforms.
It is vital that the Japan-U.S. and U.S.-South Korean alliances should be once again enabled to function at multiple levels.
South Korea's underground economy is estimated to be one quarter of the gross domestic product, much bigger than those of other advanced economies. One component of the shadow economy is the black market in gold, where unreported and illegal trade is rampant.
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 three weeks ago has sparked discussion among aviation and security experts about the gaps that exist in airline security and what needs to be done about them.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry did not hesitate to warn China over the air defense identification zone it created over the East China Sea, and against establishing a similar zone in the South China Sea, in meetings in China on Feb. 14 with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and others, calling it, “very challenging ... to regional stability.”
Moscow's takeover of Crimea begs the question: Where will Putin stop?
The secession of Crimea from Ukraine and its annexation by Russia is a test of one of the great promises of the 21st century.