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.
China's newly created National Security Commission (NSC), a top decision-making body headed by the three most powerful men in the country, will have the dual role of protecting the country's security and safeguarding the ruling status of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Widening attacks on the press, arrests and intimidation of journalists are among the barriers to the free flow of information worldwide. But beyond the usual lists of suspects blocking and censoring news and the internet, there's a definite and deadly spike in violence against reporters, ranging from the Syrian civil war to drug cartel intimidation in Mexico.
Hong Kong is currently consulting the public on its population policy. The policy paper is a very informative and educational document, full of useful statistics and asks what the citizens want for their own people, in terms of quantity and quality.
A Chinese New Year satirical video has sparked the latest political squabble dividing Malaysians, at a time when the government and opposition are moving toward potentially historic reconciliation talks.
Reading the Chinese official press every day, one gets the impression that China is the most powerful nation on the planet (after the United States of course); its leadership can dictate the agenda to its neighbors, friends (very few) and foes alike.
Did anyone really not expect this? Reporters Without Borders docks the United States 14 places versus last year — from 32nd to 46th worldwide — in its 2014 World Press Freedom Index.