China has adopted an exceptionally restrictive framework for the election of Hong Kong's chief executive in 2017 by decreeing that candidates for the top job must be pre-selected by Beijing, a move that effectively shuts out the democrats.
The “Prayuth One” Cabinet faces the same basic tests that most of its military-installed predecessors flunked.
2014/9/7, 1 Comment
We are concerned that China's newly formalized “anti-Japan victory day” may be a source of future trouble in the relationship between Japan and China.
On July 11, the Brazilian federal government decided against selling monopolies on interstate mass transportation to select companies. The government was trying to pick companies to operate along several routes, but the procedure, started in August 2013 and supposed to finish in January 2014, was suspended by several judicial injunctions and predictably marred by bureaucracy.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aim to integrate the SAARC (South Asian Nations for Regional Cooperation) members is most likely his top priority foreign policy goal. If this is achieved it will undoubtedly be a game changer for the whole region.
The crisis in Ukraine is relevant to Asia, both politically and in terms of energy security.
Almost every evening around dusk on Soi 11 in the heart of Bangkok's bar district a couple of technicolor VW Kombi vans would appear and within minutes transform themselves into pop-up bars. Just another slice of color in a noisy, vibrant city but for many locals an added nuisance as they navigated their way through another clump of plastic chairs and thirsty tourists crowding an already crumbling and pot-holed sidewalk.
2014/9/5, 2 Comments
The Japanese government has passed a critical juncture in accelerating decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture and promoting its post-disaster reconstruction. Yet many challenges still remain.
2014/9/5, 1 Comment
As expected, the Chinese government on Sunday adopted a tough stance on Hong Kong, with the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) issuing a decision that designates a Beijing-controlled body as a “broadly representative” committee that will nominate candidates for chief executive in one-person, one-vote elections in 2017.
The Obama administration recently announced a policy of limited intervention in Iraq, using drone strikes to stave off conquest of Kurdish autonomous areas by ISIS. The main U.S. ally on the ground is Massoud Barzani's Kurdistan Regional Government, and U.S. support against ISIS is limited to Kurdish areas inside Iraq.