In 2008, after Ma Ying-jeou was elected president, he halted the political war over sovereignty between Taiwan and mainland China and focused on improving cross-strait relations. Dialogue with the mainland since then has resulted in more than a dozen agreements, primarily on economic issues.
In a time, like today, of rapid power shifts, the world's heavyweights are no longer occupying themselves with the usual strategic ambivalence — their mantra over the past three decades. Such a mindset was the right attitude to have in the past, but somehow this non-committal behavior is no longer the norm. Friends and foes alike want to make sure they are on the right side. It's time to speak out.
In a park in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale sits a life-size statue of a Korean woman, next to an empty chair. It has been in place since last July, to commemorate World War II “comfort women,” or sex slaves to Japanese soldiers, many of them Korean.
Newly minted Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe faces not only the gargantuan task of getting the Japanese capital ready to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. But he is also likely to be busy fending off allegations against him, ranging from abuse of public funds to discrimination against women.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rules six of the 22 cities and counties of Taiwan.
- Joe Hung
Less than two months ago, Arvind Kejriwal rode Delhi's Metro to his own swearing-in as the city's Chief Minister after winning one of the most stunning election debuts as a newcomer to Indian politics.
When it comes to mutant influenza strains, H7N9 is the one to watch.
One of my heroes in Taiwan is a priest (“shen-fu”) from the Netherlands, the country we once called Holland. This special fellow would blush and half-seriously scowl at me if I were to drop his name here, so I won't do that.
On Feb. 11, history was made as representatives of China and Taiwan agreed to exchange representative offices. Face-to-face negotiations are led by Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun of China, who heads that government's Taiwan Affairs Office, and Taiwan Mainland Affairs Minister Wang Yu-chi, both notably senior officials.
As Anwar Ibrahim heads to Kajang for a crucial by-election next month, he could hope to be like the satay the Selangor town is famous for — spicy and sought-after.