Chinese President Xi Jinping, who already wears many hats, acquired his ninth last month as chair of a reform-oriented military taskforce. He was promptly nicknamed Jiu Ba Dao, or “Nine Knives,” the pen name of a popular Taiwanese author-director.
That water is a precious resource is dramatized every time the dry season hits a blazing peak from March to May.
The recent unveiling of the multibillion won salaries that registered board of directors at Korean companies took home seems to have shaken many, including myself.
A few days after Songkran, the anti-government group will probably start counting down the days until the demise of the caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra government.
On Monday, China welcomed visiting United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with a tour of its sole aircraft carrier Liaoning, but the feel-good vibes dissipated a day later.
There were no tangible winners in Wednesday's election. Ironically, the one that finished at the top should be the most disappointed.
The Philippines' decision to contest China's vast claims over the South China Sea was advanced when it recently submitted a formal plea before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Itlos). A 4,000-page, 10-volume memorial contains Manila's arguments, evidence and maps to support its case against China's nine-dash line, which encloses 90 percent of the South China Sea. Those expansive claims have put Beijing at loggerheads with Manila and others who are determined to defend what they too believe to be legitimately theirs.
Korean voters last week saw the rare scene of a main opposition party leader visiting Cheong Wa Dae without an appointment to ask for talks with the president.
Taiwan's Sunflower student movement will cast a long shadow on cross-strait relations between Beijing and Taipei. It will surely retard, if not reverse, the detente process that has been under way in the last six years under Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou.
Myanmar's ongoing census — the first since 1983 — could lead to dramatic revisions in the way the diverse and multi-ethnic country and its economy are analyzed, and resources allocated.