"We recognize the importance of maintaining dialogue with Russia." This was inserted in a joint communique from the Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting held in Hiroshima at the Japanese government's desire.
We know the world today is turbulent, volatile and violent. It is also interconnected and interdependent. That's why matters to everyone who gets to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations. And that's why Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, should get the world's top job.
A Japanese Maritime Safety cutter was on routine patrol near the Okinotori Islands near Iwo Jima of WWII fame early last Monday. It sighted a fishing trawler and gave chase.
I occasionally lob a ball of sorts here in the direction of local English teachers, hoping that here or there a couple of them (perspicacious colleagues as they are) may grab onto something I say, and bring it to their students for discussion, or contemplation, or both.
A world away from this side of the Pacific in California's largest city, where leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors are convening for the annual Milken Institute Global Conference, concerns continue to grow about the sustainability of mainland China's relatively rapid rise.
U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Britain, including a joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron on April 22, underscores the vital partnership between that nation and the United States. The visit also highlights the complementary roles of two influential international leaders -- Prime Minister Cameron and Queen Elizabeth II.
In thinking about the children caught up in the Syrian refugee crisis, it might be tempting to quote the age-old adage and ignore them as "children of a lesser God." Not quite.
When the Disney movie Frozen was all the rage in South Korea in early 2014, comparisons abounded between the cartoon's ice queen character Elsa and the country's President Park Geun-hye.
The Republic of China (R.O.C.) is party to the conflicts in the Taiwan Strait and the East and South China Seas. Should the military competition between the United States and China lead to war, Taiwan will be part of it. Time to reconsider the strategic importance of a tiny island only 130 kilometers away from the mainland. It is a small but central element of East Asia's security architecture.
In mid-April, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong sponsored a lunch talk on the rule of law in China. What set this talk apart was the speaker: Wang Zhenming, head of the Law Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong.