A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. That was how British statesman Winston Churchill described Russia, but it also fits China, which has risen astoundingly in just over three decades to become the world's No. 2 economy.
With the country stuck in the middle-income trap for more than a decade, the government says it is now booting up "Thailand 4.0" to pluck the Kingdom from its "lost decade." How that will come about is perhaps more important than what the ambitious plan is all about.
The United States' decision to lift all restrictions on arms sales to Vietnam slays the ghosts of the Cold War, even as it shows how Washington is squaring up to face new challenges to its global dominance.
It was a challenging conversation. The Moroccan parliamentarian I was talking to wasn't having any of it. Egypt was the largest Muslim country in the world, he insisted. Why on earth was I talking about Indonesia?
Like turkeys praying for a Christmas they would probably never enjoy, large sections of Britons are being lured by a Europhobic popular press and jingoistic politicians into thinking it would be a good thing if their country left the European Union.
A coalition government with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has been proposed by presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with an offer of at least four Cabinet portfolios -- agrarian reform, social welfare, environment and natural resources, and labor.
When the band struck up Taiwan's national anthem, all eyes were on newly sworn-in President Tsai Ing-wen.
Billboards extolling the virtues of Vietnam's ruling communist party now compete for space with international brands such as Heineken, Samsung, and Toshiba in this Southeast Asian nation of 90 million. And here in the capital of Hanoi, bicycles and cyclos have given way to high-end scooters, taxis and personal autos as the preferred mode of transportation.
When Ma Ying-jeou entered office in 2008 with more than 7.65 million votes (the highest ever in the nation's history), the country was in a long standing spat with rival China. Domestically, ideological fatigue had set in from de-Sinification and "name rectification" .................
Last week the Obama administration extended economic sanctions against Myanmar for another year saying the step is necessary despite the progress on democratic reforms.