The recent relaxation of the one-child policy in China recognizes that demographics play a major role in a country's economic fortunes. Asian fast growth was built on favorable demographics, growing labor supply at relatively cheap rates and open economies. But in many parts of Asia, as the population begins to age rapidly, there is genuine concern that Asians may grow old before they become rich.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, which swept across the central Philippines, left a brutal legacy of death, destruction and dislocation in its wake. The category-five storm which slammed into Leyte and Cebu directly confronted the global community with yet another gripping disaster in which 13 million people were affected, with over 4 million persons displaced and at least 4,000 dead.
The speed of business today is giving rise to a transformation of the datacenter. Traditional IT infrastructure silos create bottlenecks that cripple quality of service and increase operational costs due to slower workload deployment and more room for error. Simply put, it can take too long to design, procure, deploy and integrate new IT infrastructure, and there are too many tools needed to manage it.
Rising tensions between Indonesia and Australia over revelations of electronic surveillance have some observers wondering what all the fuss is about.
China's concern over non-traditional security threats (NTST), as well as the specter of a Soviet-style collapse, might have prompted President Xi Jinping to set up a National Security Commission (NSC) at the recent plenum of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
It may not be as significant as the epochal 1978 event that transformed communist China and put it on a path to becoming the world's No. 2 economy, but the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) recent policy summit might still claim a spot in history.
If there's one lesson we can learn from the Supreme Court's decision against pork barrel spending, it's that we shouldn't take shortcuts with the Constitution, however tempting and convenient. And for that lesson, now is the best “teaching moment,” as we reel from the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda and constitutional checks and balances stand in the way of quick action.
What is interesting with regard to Indonesian democracy is that it paves the way for people to come to power through the use of family relationships, as seen in the clans of a number of governors — Ratu Atut Chosiyah, Syahrul Limpo, Sinyo Sarundajang and Sjachroedin ZP and many more at the regency or municipal levels across the nation.
China is dramatically increasing its imports of crude oil from Russia and the two countries seem to be on the verge of huge deals involving natural gas, of which Russia holds the world's largest reserves.
If there's one steryotype about people from Singapore, it's of a people who are materialistic and kiasu (translated to English as “afraid to lose”), always judging people by the money they have.