Is this "a bank made by China, for China?" Misgivings that this is the case are only mounting.
South Korean national police arrested this week a low-ranking government official on charges of taking kickbacks from car importers while issuing environmental certificates for foreign automobiles.
Looks like we are not alone," Ellen Chong, my Twitter friend, tweeted to me.
"Terrorism: the Shockwave of Bloody Friday," headlined the French daily Le Monde, after a series of deadly, coordinated, and barbaric attacks by radical Islamists on three continents. The massacre of 28 European (mostly British) tourists in Tunisia at a beach resort, the grisly beheading of a plant manager near Lyon, France, the senseless sectarian slaughter of 26 Muslim worshipers at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait, and the killings of 150 civilians in Kobane, Syria by Islamic State, are the latest sanguinary statistics in a war which many people choose to politely forget.
What are we to make of the recent changes in Nepal's constitution-making efforts and the 16-point agreement among major political parties?
Can the idea of injecting a sum as huge as 252 billion yen into the construction of a stadium ever win public understanding?
Before the recent MERS scare made a dent, Seoul had become a popular destination for foreign students wishing to spend a semester or two on a university exchange.
Chinese sayings are hot these days. The United States Supreme Court, in its ruling on same-sex marriage, cited Confucius. And at the opening of the U.S.-China strategic and economic dialogue last Tuesday, speakers from both sides quoted Chinese proverbs, showing that they at least had something in common.
A study released on June 20 has re-emphasized what has been suspected and feared for quite some time -- that the extinction of various species has escalated rapidly in recent times.
Years from now, the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry will seem inevitable, history itself marching inexorably forward. It is possible, given even just a few days' worth of hindsight, to find a pattern of legal judgments and legislative initiatives, of shifts in culture and of changes in public opinion in the United States, that suggest that the time was ripe. But when the ruling in Obergefell versus Hodges came down on Friday, the historic result was startling.