The flood of advertisements of men's cosmetics have gradually become a force propelling the spending spree on Singles Day, which falls on Nov. 11, and indicating a silent change in Chinese men's perception about looks.
In response to procedural maneuvers by the DPP to block his report to the legislature on last week's historic meeting between Taiwan and mainland China in Singapore, President Ma Ying-jeou decided to use his own office to brief the Taiwanese public on the trip's objectives, accomplishments and reaction.
By inviting South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation leaders to his swearing-in ceremony one and a half years ago, Indian PM Narendra Modi had sent a message among neighbors that they would be treated with fairness and respect in his foreign policy.
2015/11/11, 1 Comment
Just as Indian Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul haven't understood how the opening up of the economy has changed attitudes towards feudalism, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), too, has been largely ignorant of the social realities of an economically transformed country although it is now slowly shedding its blinkers.
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif's trip to Saudi Arabia and meetings with the very apex of the leadership of that country have yielded a set of official details that emphasized the need for continuing security and counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries.
There is a common complaint that there are more summits between regional leaders in East Asia than in any other part of the world, usually with few outcomes and little reward. Even so, the one that took place on Monday between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye is highly significant.
The ongoing unofficial blockade by India has exposed Nepal's vulnerability, particularly in meeting its "thirst for oil."
2015/11/6, 1 Comment
The free thinkers, mainly of my generation and immediate younger generation, are under the machete. This year we lost secular writer Avijit Roy, bloggers Oyasiqur Rahman, Ananta Bijoy Das, Niladri Chowdhury Niloy and publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.
As you listen to the unfolding discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, do not be surprised if you hear as much about geo-strategic competition as you do about trade or economics.
Taiwan "techpreneurs," take note. During our recent Milken Institute Asia Summit held a few weeks back in Singapore, we shared several lessons from the U.S. state of California that Asia, including Taiwan, can build on if the region is to become a center of global invention and innovation.