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Gender ministries tend to be underfunded and lack the influence and weight of larger and stronger ministries, such as foreign affairs or treasury functions. This is where we intend to learn from history -- and change it.
Chinese mainland leader Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States will be high powered, high profile and of high intensity -- Internet and big business events in Seattle, a formal summit in Washington and activities honoring the 70th anniversary of the United Nations in New York.
Hong Kong's economy "lags" behind regional rivals Singapore and Macau because Hong Kongers have failed to "de-colonize" after the 1997 British handover, according to a former senior mainland official who oversaw the territory's affairs.
Virtually on the eve of Xi Jinping's visit to the United States, both the Chinese and American governments took steps to ensure a smooth summit with Barack Obama. Xi sent a special envoy, Politburo member Meng Jianzhu, to Washington to defuse the issue of cybersecurity and, the following week, the U.S. for the first time sent one of China's most wanted fugitives back to the country.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had his way by ramming through key legislation that would permit his forces to fight overseas for the first time since World War II.
Unlike the Chinese, the Japanese do not tend to make a big fuss for something unimportant. The Confucian Chinese love to argue for the rectification of names, which, in fact, is much ado about nothing, but the not so equally Confucian Japanese are much more practical.
The month of August was overshadowed by news of economic woes in China. There was a meltdown in the Chinese stock market, the growth figure was a low 7 percent, way below the historical rates of above 10 percent for two decades, and China was forced to devalue its currency to jumpstart exports.
"Corporations can only commit crimes through flesh and blood people," declared Deputy U.S. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates. She made the statement in an interview regarding important new rules which emphasize prosecuting individuals as well as banks as institutions. The regulations were issued on Sept. 9.
Tens of thousands heeded the call to support Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak against demands by electoral reforms group Bersih for him to step down, but Wednesday's "red shirts" rally ended up focusing on affirming Malay rights rather than Najib's leadership.
The recent case involving the rape, assault and starvation of two Nepali women -- a 28-year-old and a 48-year-old -- by a Saudi diplomat and his acquaintances in Delhi speaks volumes of the gap between our words and actions, of our commitment and the honesty with which we deliver it, of our social reality and lofty ideals.
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