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Two small Philippine fisheries boats ferrying food supplies to a tiny detachment of Filipino troops on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal slipped past a blockade of two Chinese Coast Guard ships on Saturday, breaking into the international news spotlight the escalating territorial disputes between China and the Philippines and five other countries in the South China Sea and East China Sea.
2014/4/1
Grandiosity, according to the definition given in “Roget's II: The New Thesaurus,” is “boastful self-importance or display.” At any rate, it's an exaggerated sense of one's importance, knowledge or identity. Protestors of the Sunflower Student Movement are “grandiosizing” themselves. They seem to think they can do anything with impunity.
2014/3/31
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Two points arise when I consider foreign reaction to the latest twists and turns in democracy, Taiwan style. One is closely linked to media coverage. The other touches on various meanings of “the personal” in our lives.
2014/3/30
In an electoral environment where personality triumphs over policy, it is probably not surprising that the Indonesia media spends an inordinate amount of time dwelling on process instead of platforms.
2014/3/30
The U.S. government is working to restrain intelligence agencies, and Americans should applaud. On March 25, major proposals were announced. The Obama administration seeks to end government bulk collection of phone records by the super-secret National Security Agency (NSA) and require court approval to monitor individual phone numbers.
2014/3/30
In a resounding rebuff to Russia, the U.N. General Assembly has reaffirmed Ukraine's territorial integrity and has called the recent referendum which incorporated the Crimean peninsula into Russia as “invalid.” While President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty joining Crimea with Russia, the Kiev government has committed itself never to accept Crimea's independence nor annexation.
2014/3/29
It is vital that the Japan-U.S. and U.S.-South Korean alliances should be once again enabled to function at multiple levels.
2014/3/29
South Korea's underground economy is estimated to be one quarter of the gross domestic product, much bigger than those of other advanced economies. One component of the shadow economy is the black market in gold, where unreported and illegal trade is rampant.
2014/3/29
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 three weeks ago has sparked discussion among aviation and security experts about the gaps that exist in airline security and what needs to be done about them.
2014/3/29
In 2010, when China-India trade was on a roll, the two countries set a goal of US$100 billion in trade in 2015. Indeed, in 2011, trade rose to US$74 billion, a 23-percent increase over the previous year.
2014/3/26
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