For most of its 56 years, Malaysia's segmented society has managed remarkably to preserve peace, tranquility and development. Lately, however, some intractable religious and racial disputes have besmirched the gentle face of our land. We must maintain a sense of balance.
Despite considerable challenges, the 10th Parliament elections are finally over. These elections remind us of the old saying “the operation is successful, but the patient is dead.”
“Politically cold and economically cool.”
Each year, Thai kids can fully celebrate their childhood on only one day — the second Saturday of the year — which this year falls on Jan. 11.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to the Yasukuni Shrine sent mixed signals to the region. Up in the north, it immediately deepened mistrust and increased the tension in Japan's relations with China and South Korea. The two countries, members of ASEAN-plus-three, have condemned it in the strongest terms — even the U.S., Japan's strongest ally, was not too happy about it. Unavoidably in the months ahead, ASEAN will have to be ready to cope with any possible fallout from these entanglements.
In the beginning, there were Xi and Li. Now, after a year, all that people see and hear about is Xi, leaving many to wonder where Li is.
With global powers shifting from the West to the East, China is clearly asserting itself in world affairs in a variety of ways. On territorial disputes, Xiying Lei, a Ph.D. candidate at the Asia Pacific College of Australia National University, states that China's strategy is to “make the outside world know that it is a 'great power.'”
How can Japan untangle the row with China over the Senkaku Islands?
The end of the year is the time to reflect on the past and the beginning of the year is time to reflect on the future.
At the beginning of the 21st Century, the much heralded “Asian Century” was the compass for global policymakers to set their future directions. They know the region will dominate the next 100 years.
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