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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.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry did not hesitate to warn China over the air defense identification zone it created over the East China Sea, and against establishing a similar zone in the South China Sea, in meetings in China on Feb. 14 with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and others, calling it, “very challenging ... to regional stability.”
If what they wanted was worldwide publicity through the international media, they certainly got it. Some 200 young students, most of them in their early twenties, snuck into the parliament house of the Legislative Yuan last Tuesday night and occupied its assembly hall. They made history as hijackers of parliament.
Moscow's takeover of Crimea begs the question: Where will Putin stop?
Fridays now bring me into contact with two groups of students, one meeting in the morning and the other at night. I've been curious all week how these students feel about their peers “occupying” the legislature. About 48 hours ago, I invited them to respond anonymously to an anecdotal survey for this column. The morning class (studying European literature) included students from their sophomore to senior years. The evening group (American Literature Part II) was composed almost totally of seniors.
Student and activist demonstrators opposed to cooperation with China have occupied the parliament building in Taiwan, an unprecedented event. Angry occupiers fear Beijing. The Cold War is over, but the legacy lingers along with the practical problems of getting a job even in today's rich economy.
The clock is ticking and the calendar counting down for Afghanistan as the embattled South Asian country heads for Presidential elections in April and the pullout of foreign security forces by the end of the year. A credible electoral process would go a long way in paving a peaceful transition for the war-torn country that must soon bear the brunt of its security challenges without the help of American and NATO troops after 2014.
The secession of Crimea from Ukraine and its annexation by Russia is a test of one of the great promises of the 21st century.
Japan, the United States and South Korea are considering holding a meeting among their leaders on the sidelines of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit that starts in the Netherlands on Monday. We urge the three countries to do so, as it could help break the impasse in Japan-South Korea relations.
One abnormal corporate practice in Korea is that many listed companies hold their annual meetings of shareholders on the same day. Here, March is the conventional season for companies that file their annual reports in December. On certain days of the month, especially the second and third Fridays, hundreds of companies convene their general assemblies.
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