Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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.
Monday, March 3, 2014
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
Despite blunt warnings about costs and consequences, U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders have limited options for retaliating against Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, the former Soviet republic now at the center of an emerging conflict between East and West.
There was a time when overturning a freely elected government would have earned a sharp U.S. rebuke. But as people power revolts sweep some countries, Washington is increasingly giving its blessing to ousting leaders accused of betraying democracy.
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.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The recent toppling and desecration of a 3-meters-tall statue of Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Republic of China, may have occurred deep in the south, far from bustling, sophisticated Taipei, and in a relatively tiny, tucked-away niche of the country at that, but the crudity and symbolism of the act were enough to provoke concern for thoughtful citizens everywhere.
The phrase “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind when reviewing the waves of public protest and revolt in Ukraine. The competing interests and perspectives of Vladimir Putin's Russia and the European Union (EU) hold the potential for armed confrontation if instability continues. EU nations are also members of NATO.
Recently announced healthcare measures could be targeting senior votes, which are badly needed to offset declining support from young Singaporeans.