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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.
 
North Korea, the world's last remaining truly totalitarian dictatorship, held a Communist Party Congress from May 6 to 9. Tight total control of the enormous, closely choreographed show was self-evident. The last such party congress was held in 1980, an occasion for regime founder Kim Il Sung to indicate succession of power to his son Kim Jong Il.
 
Graduates at high schools and universities all over Taiwan are dealing these days with traditional "xie shih yen" questions. As much as I enjoy these celebrations, I believe we are long overdue in our need to change some of their aspects.
 
When the band struck up Taiwan's national anthem, all eyes were on newly sworn-in President Tsai Ing-wen.
 
"Economic activity in the world economy remains lackluster, with little prospect for a turnaround in 2016," is the gloomy prognosis of the World Economic Situation and Prospects Update for 2016. The U.N. survey cautions that weak global growth "continues to linger," posing a serious challenge for governments and economies.
 
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.
 
There is nothing extraordinary in the electoral triumph of Rodrigo Duterte if the percentage of total votes he obtained and the winning margin he garnered are both compared against those achieved by Joseph Estrada in 1998 and by Benigno Aquino III in 2010.
 
Fifty years ago this week, China embarked on what would turn out to be 10 years of turmoil known as the Cultural Revolution. It was not a revolution in the usual sense, in that it was initiated from above, by Chairman Mao Zedong himself, as he set out to destroy the party....
 
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