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In a few weeks, Tsai Ing-wen will mark her first anniversary as president of Taiwan.
 
The South China Sea issue continues to be a hotly debated issue at ASEAN meetings and the issue will be one of the points expected to be raised at the 30th ASEAN Summit.
 
Leaders of 10 Asian countries are meeting this weekend to discuss topics including North Korea, territorial disputes in the South China Sea and improved economic integration of the region.
 
For Donald Trump, self-proclaimed master negotiator, making deals with Congress was supposed to be easy. "This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we've had in decades, maybe ever," Trump predicted shortly after taking office.
 
U.S. media coverage of President Donald Trump, who marks his first 100 days in office, has ranged from negative to lukewarm, except for praise from pro-Trump media.
 
The hand-wringers of the past five months who forlornly expected that wider Asia was poised to be cashed out by an America under President Donald Trump are probably breathing a bit easier lately.
 
One thing President Ma Ying-jeou dared not do while Sunflower student protesters occupied the chamber of the Legislative Yuan in 2014, his successor Tsai Ing-wen did last Wednesday.
 
Though the political setting of the upcoming French presidential election bears superficial comparison to the U.S. election of 2016, the contest is anything but an American rerun. While an establishment favorite is opposing a firebrand nationalist, the jarring reality remains that this is the first runoff election in the history of the Fifth Republic since 1958 where neither of the major parties have a candidate.
 
There has been a growing perception that the United States no longer has an appetite to indulge in conflict beyond its shores. Contrary to this, the Trump administration has already used force, or its threat, on two occasions in less than a fortnight.
 
Amid alarm over North Korea's expanding nuclear weapons and missile arsenal, Washington and Seoul are speeding ahead with the installment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea to cope with the growing threats.
 
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