Beijing declared its maritime ADIZ, or air defense identification zone, over the East China Sea on Nov. 23.
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Local writer Giddens Ko, better known perhaps as Jiubadau, has produced a new documentary film on the fate of dogs turned over to public animal shelters here in Taipei. A recent newspaper report described the film as devoid of spoken words, but eloquent in its message, which focuses from various camera angles on the lives of these often pitiful animals. The film attempts to tell the story from the viewpoint of the dogs themselves. The footage includes scenes that occur in the shelters when staffers are off-duty.
China has made an ominous move in claiming sovereignty over the air, and the Obama administration has appropriately responded with B-52 bombers. The unfolding conflict highlights the dark side of the Beijing regime, and reminds us all that growth of investment and trade has not removed political conflicts and military dangers.
In a world where politicians and potentates clog the media with pre-packaged sound bites, yammer on with a staccato of political chatter, or drone on with endless explanations of subjects even they forgot, it's heartening to see a former British prime minister act the role of statesman and sage. Thus, after the sonorous drone of the recent U.N. General debate, it's a pleasure hearing Tony Blair address key global issues with passion, verve, and dedication.
The battle is about to begin. It could turn ugly. After leading an anti-government rally for almost a month, culminating with a historic “one-million-man” gathering at Rajdamnoen Avenue gathering on Sunday, Suthep Thaugsuban has realized that winning this war won't be easy. He had to escalate the level of civil disobedience. The strategy is to win support from the civil servants. If they agree to walk away from their posts, government machinery will come to a halt.
We need to recognize certain realities even as we heave a sigh of relief at the interim nuclear deal between Iran and the world's six most powerful nations.
After a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III approved in principle a three-stage reconstruction plan for provinces devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). But three weeks after the storm struck land in Eastern Visayas, there was still no one in charge of the colossal rehabilitation job.
For several decades now, thanks to manufacturing industries obsessed with perfection and a work ethic often considered to be without parallel, Japan has become a symbol of quality and reliability.
More than three decades ago, Deng Xiaoping, who later became known as the chief architect of China's reforms, decided to focus on economic development through pragmatic experimentation, with the country moving forward cautiously by “crossing the river by feeling the stones.”
A year has passed since Shinzo Abe staged a spectacular comeback as Japan's prime minister, pledging that his nation's stagnant economy would enjoy a similar revival.