The strong diplomatic protest against China's water-cannon attack on Filipino fishers on Jan. 27 in Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea was followed by an announcement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines that the disputed islet, which Manila claims as Bajo de Masinloc, would now be under the jurisdiction of the Western Command.
Last December, only three days before the Bureaucracy Reform Bill was scheduled to go before the year's final plenary session of Parliament, reformist watchdog Sofian Effendi was shocked to discover 12 discrepancies in the bill, which civil servants had fought tooth and nail to forestall.
Thailand's anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has apparently retreated from its multiple rally sites in the city of Bangkok, bringing some reprieve to the traffic flow after several weeks of disruptions.
Gary Locke's appointment as U.S. ambassador to China in 2011 triggered huge expectations. His departure last week was marked by an official commentary that used language that demeans a great power and the supposed heirs of an ancient civilization.
In the last 10 days, both Singapore and Hong Kong announced their budgets for 2014/2015. The theme of the Singapore Budget was “Opportunities for the Future, Assurance for our Seniors.”
Kunming, more than 2,000 kilometers south of Beijing and clear across the country from Xinjiang, home of the ethnic minority Uighur group, is an unlikely target for separatist terrorists.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's first-ever government work report when he opens the annual session of China's national Parliament on Wednesday will be scrutinized for fresh details about the top leadership's much-vaunted but vague reform agenda.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye marked her first anniversary in office on Feb. 25 by unveiling her new economic vision and a three-year reform blueprint geared toward it.
William Randolph Hearst, the celebrated editor of the New York Journal who started yellow journalism together with Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World, defined news as something people want to talk about. Well, it's true, particularly in Taiwan, after Chiang Ching-kuo lifted the newspaper ban shortly before his death in 1988. So, pressmen in Taipei began telling a revealing gag: What readers you have, what news you print.
- Joe Hung
Thailand's caretaker Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has asked the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mediate in the escalating political conflict in Thailand.