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It's official. Mainland China has put an end to its highly contentious "one-child policy," dating to the late 1970s. As of Jan. 1, all mainland Chinese couples are now allowed to have two children.
China has in recent years sought to depict itself as not a violator but a champion of human rights. Thus, in September, President Xi Jinping co-hosted a United Nations meeting on women's empowerment and said, "All Chinese women have the opportunity to excel in life and make their dreams come true," apparently oblivious of China's imprisonment of five feminists months previously.
As the New Year approaches, there is an unmistakable sense of urgency on Afghanistan. Pakistan Gen. Raheel Sharif's visit to Kabul yesterday is in no way a make-or-break trip, but it is certainly significant in terms of expectations over the weeks and months ahead.
A bolt from the blue has hit Bangladesh as if the nation didn't have a plateful on our hands already: SMS threats to some Christian bishops as Christmas approached, earlier attacks on a couple of them and attempted intimidation of the Shiites with the lethal bombing at Hussaini Dalan.
Evan S. Medeiros, managing director and practice head for Asia at the Eurasia Group in Washington, came to Taipei earlier this month to attend a meeting of the Association of Foreign Relations. In a speech delivered at the meeting, ....
When world leaders were signing the decisive climate agreement in Paris, the world's biggest polluters China and India along with other countries were witnessing signs of global warming and climate change.
Recently, I met Son Sukcharoen, an old farmer in Ratchaburi's Photharam district, and his petite daughter Walisa.
People all over Taiwan heaved a collective sigh of relief with the news this past week that a disturbed man in Taitung had released a college student without apparent harm after holding him captive at gunpoint for nearly 24 hours.
An important meeting has been held to pave the way for re-establishing diplomatic ties between Israel and Turkey. On Dec. 16, senior leaders from both nations met in Zurich to lay the groundwork for this important step forward. Ties between these two important allies of the United States were ruptured more than five years ago.
A year after the outward march of the NATO forces, the scenario is awesome in Afghanistan a week before the new year unfolds. The Taliban have verily pushed the country's military to the wall in the militant stronghold of Helmand -- a major center for opium that U.S. and British troops had fought for years to control.
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