Donald Trump will assume the American presidency during a pivotal time in U.S.-Asian relations.
Tuesday's editorial in the China Post this past week saves us the trouble of getting bogged down in every last detail of an intriguing story. "Look around -- we're in post-truth Taiwan" was the title of the editorial, in my view, unusually well done.
The page has been turned. And the new U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff, Guterres stated, "I think we should have no illusions. We are facing very challenging times."
The most fashionable word after Brexit and Trump's triumph in 2016 as U.S. president-elect was "post-truth," roughly defined as the "cherry-picking of data to support emotive politics." If there is no truth or objective facts, because all media is subject to manipulation, are we then living in "alt-future," an alternative future where there are no truths, only selective lies?, 1 Comment
Twenty years ago, Hong Kong was handed over to China by Britain, its colonial master for 156 years. The decision had been made earlier by China's diminutive but doughty leader Deng Xiaoping, and the reputedly unbending "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher had little choice but to acquiesce.
Enter the Rooster, exit the Monkey. Once again, as the new year begins, we take at look at who's in and who's out in Asia.
Japan seems to worried over the prospect of the People's Republic of China supporting Okinawan independence.
We'll start at the top of the picture. I will cast several of the verbs in the present, not the past (time) tense. One reason for doing so is that readers should sense these scenes as actually occurring in the present, not in the past.
Just before Christmas, a summit in Moscow brought together the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey. President Vladimir Putin of Russia orchestrated this major meeting.
A school event in Taiwan came to the forefront of international media attention last week. A group of students from a private high school wore self-fashioned Nazi uniforms and wielded swastika banners at their school's "Christmas and Thanksgiving Costume Parade" on Dec. 23.