China has devised a set of comprehensive rebalancing strategies to ASEAN focusing on Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. They would strengthen Bejing's new diplomatic strongholds under the fifth generation leader, President Xi Jinping. Given the present regional strategic environment, ASEAN is the top priority of China's foreign policy towards neighboring countries.
Actually, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III can, by his lonesome, abolish the pork barrel — if he wants to.
Some 120 academics and experts on both sides of the Taiwan Strait met for two days in Shanghai on Oct. 11 and 12. They exchanged views on relations between Taiwan and China at the first Cross-Strait Peace Forum, organized by China's National Society of Taiwan Studies and Taiwan's 21st Century Foundation along with 12 other think tanks.
- Joe Hung, 2 Comments
The story of Joseph and his brothers in the Bible has so much to tell us about our psychological selves. In addition, part of Joseph's tale links rather nicely with a certain someone here at home in Taiwan.
The maneuvering by Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior politicians in Germany to form a viable new government is important for Europe, and beyond. Unfortunately, the alarming partisan budget standoff in Washington D.C. has been preoccupying most related media attention.
An arc of political and social instability exists on the soft underbelly of the Sahara Desert, as Islamic militants and ethnic separatists chip away at the fragile political geography of five states on the southern fringe of the Sahara desert. The West African country of Mali, wracked by a military coup, an Islamic power grab and tribal fighting, has only regained a fragile stability in the wake of French military intervention earlier this year and the subsequent U.N. peacekeeping mission. Yet Mali's precarious situation, and that of the many regional states, could be slipping backwards.
As Malaysia's United Malays National Organization (UMNO) prepares to vote in its three vice-presidents on Saturday, the question is whether the incumbents — tacitly backed by Prime Minister Najib Razak — can fend off the three challengers, including a son of former premier Mahathir Mohamad.
Cam Ranh Bay, in southern Vietnam on the South China Sea, is a good natural harbor. Its mouth is about one kilometer wide, meaning the harbor is somewhat protected from waves. The bay was one of the key Soviet strongholds during the Cold War.
2013/10/17, 1 Comment
On the topic of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, I thought it might be good to look back a bit at the history of free trade and the laissez faire system.
Imagine if the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or the Eiffel Tower was closed to visitors because of a government shutdown. If I were a first-time visitor to Bangkok or Paris, that would be a horrendous experience.
2013/10/16, 1 Comment