While national and security interest have raised tensions in East Asia in recent months, the United States is hoping that economic interests can keep tempers in check.
Clouds of doubts surrounding the proposed peace talks between the Pakistan government and the outlawed Pakistan Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) further thickened on Tuesday, with each side accusing the other of not doing enough to make the process sustainable and result-oriented, and raising questions over each other's seriousness toward solving the issues.
The Chinese count the year by combining one of the ten Heavenly Stems (天干) and one of the twelve Earthly Branches (地支). The Chinese Lunar Year which started on Jan. 30 is the Year of Jia (甲) and Wu (午), the former being the first of the Heavenly Stems which identifies with Wood (木) and the latter being the seventh of the Earthy Branches which identifies with the Horse (馬).
- Joe Hung
Last month, China disclosed figures for 2013 confirming that it had replaced the United States as the world's largest trading nation, passing another milestone in its march towards superpower status.
The U.S. President's annual State of the Union address is primarily about domestic policy with foreign flourishes and interludes. Barack Obama, facing lackluster poll ratings, presented a pedantic and populist address with the usual laundry list of political promises.
The 46-percent turnout by voters in the election on Sunday may seem as though Thais turned their backs on the election and want political reform first — when compared to the 75-percent turnout in 2011.
Japanese interest in India has been emphasized by the recent visit of the Japanese Emperor and Empress, followed not long after by that of the Prime Minister as chief guest on Republic Day.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's pick of deputies in China's national security commission and a reform-focused task force he heads is drawing scrutiny from analysts hoping to peek into the black box that is the Communist Party.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's first full-length interview with an Indian television channel since joining politics a decade ago did little to flesh out his public persona, with many saying the Gandhi scion fell short of expectations.
At the beginning of every year, countries around the world issue figures for economic growth, trade, immigration and so forth for the previous year.