The American economy slipped yet again to a lower ranking in 2016 as a result of a combination of regulatory burdens, large public debt and business taxes according to a watchdog survey of global economic freedoms.
At his inauguration on Jan. 20, Donald Trump delivered an inward-looking speech in which he promised to "make America great again," without any reference to its friends and allies overseas.
Taiwan has a defense minister who doesn't know what he is doing and what he has to do to defend the country. He is General Feng Shih-kuan, President Tsai Ing-wen's minister of national defense.
"These sorts of totalitarian regimes never feel secure." That was Professor Victor Cha of Georgetown University, and an experienced government official, in a National Public Radio interview broadcast on Feb. 25.
U.S. President Donald Trump finally sounded presidential at his address to the U.S. Congress this week, after a tumultuous first month of sound and fury in tweets, executive orders and policy switches that left friends and foes around the world in total confusion.
In a powerful and optimistic address to the nation, President Donald Trump made his case for the road forward in his new presidency.
There is widespread confusion in the U.S. allies about the random utterances of President Trump and his team. For instance, leaders in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere in the world were surprised at the speed with which Trump has backed down on the "one China" policy. From what we know of Trump, he would not like the exchange to be characterized in this way. It may be that Tillerson and Mattis managed to persuade him to climb down on a standoff with Beijing and taking instead a more realist approach.
Both Taiwan and China deliberately celebrated the Feb. 28 Incident of 1947.
"Fog in channel, continent cut off," is a very old British joke about an alleged newspaper headline regarding weather over the waterway separating them from Europe. Even a brief visit to the British Isles can confirm this sense of distance.
"More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria are going hungry, and facing devastating levels of food insecurity," warned U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres.