Two years after the United States, the European Union and Japan filed a complaint in the World Trade Organization against China's export restrictions on rare earths, the WTO issued a Panel report last month which determined that the Chinese actions were inconsistent with the world body's trading rules.
Japanese consumers are nursing their bruised wallets after the country hiked its sales tax from 5 percent to 8 percent on April 1, but they are not the only ones.
In quick succession in one week, the United States sent a series of clear messages to China that it is firmly committed to protect the Philippines and Japan in their territorial disputes with Beijing.
April 8 marked the end of Microsoft's support to Windows XP. After releasing its last two official patches, Microsoft stopped patching security holes in its 12-year-old operating system. This leaves Windows XP users open to cyber attacks, which will neither be investigated nor fixed.
Next Monday the senior officials from ASEAN and China will be meeting in Pattaya, following their meeting last September at Suzhou, China where they kicked off official consultation on the process of formulating codes of conduct (CoC) for the South China Sea. It was a turning point, as China expressed readiness to engage ASEAN on this sensitive issue. Last month, their officials at the working level met in Singapore to review the progress and prepare recommendations for the Pattaya meeting, which will also meet back-to-back to discuss overall ASEAN-China relations.
Singapore marks the 50th anniversary of its independence next year. The past five decades have witnessed the small island city-state rise as a thriving global business hub crowded with multinational corporations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who already wears many hats, acquired his ninth last month as chair of a reform-oriented military taskforce. He was promptly nicknamed Jiu Ba Dao, or “Nine Knives,” the pen name of a popular Taiwanese author-director.
All student protesters from the Sunflower Movement left the Assembly Hall of the Legislative Yuan on Thursday, ending their hijacking of the parliament. Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting,
- Joe Hung
That water is a precious resource is dramatized every time the dry season hits a blazing peak from March to May.
I don't believe I have ever written three times within four weeks in this space on the same topic. I hope that after today I can toss my political hat back into the closet and cover my balding pate with something more fun to wear. For today, however, there seems to be no way to avoid the question: what have we learned from these recent, difficult days?
2014/4/13, 1 Comment