Wednesday, July 8, 2015
China's new national security law, enacted last week by the National People's Congress, the country's parliament, is worrying on several levels, both because of what it says and because of what is left ambiguous.
It has finally become official. Kaushik Basu, chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank, has declared India to be the fastest growing economy of the world. We Indians are delighted.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's roller-coaster week has seen him go from strengthening his footing to having the rug pulled from under him as multiple enforcement agencies probe allegations of the transfer of US$700 million into his accounts.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Ten years after the ringleader of the London bombings set out from his Dewsbury home to blow up a train, the small English town is again grasping for answers after a local teen-turned-suicide bomber staged a deadly attack in Iraq.
One month after taking office, Nigeria's new president has not yet named a Cabinet to help him cope with this country's firestorm of troubles.
If the assessments of the 2015 U.S. National Military Strategy released last week serves as a weather vane, the Asia-Pacific region in coming years is heading for stronger and colder headwinds. They will cause unpredictable turbulence as the U.S. is determined to promote and sustain its global leadership. Today, the U.S. is not only up against Russia, the all-time adversary, but also the rising China, the all-weather player.
Given the promise and potential of Southeast Asian nations, providing development assistance and boosting mutually beneficial cooperative ties are actions that correspond to Japan's national interests. The Japanese government must adopt a strategic perspective in addressing these tasks.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Shortly after graduation from Taiwan University in 1954, I was drafted as a translator-interpreter at the then General Headquarters of the Chinese Army to discharge my ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) duty.
> Joe Hung
One in every two people in Japan develops cancer. Measures must be bolstered to reduce deaths from the disease and alleviate the anxiety and pain of patients.
The leaders of Malaysia's ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) will likely have to choose sides soon in an escalation of the power struggle that has gripped the party for nearly a year.