The three population giants in Asia -- China, India and Indonesia -- have now in place three leaders who are deeply committed to reforms -- namely Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi and Jokowi. What is remarkable is that all three leaders share a common background and experience in governing cities or provinces away from the central government. They represent a new generation of leaders that understand the importance of bottom-up and decentralized development.
The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) hasn't opened its doors for business yet, but already it has strained relations between the United States and its closest ally, the United Kingdom, who shocked Washington by announcing that it had applied to become a founding member, the first Western country to do so.
The self-righteous, heavy-handed nature of Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration has become even clearer.
Data released by South Korea's foreign ministry last week showed that the number of Korean emigrants fell to a record low in 2014. Only 249 Koreans emigrated to foreign countries last year, down from 302 in the previous year. The figure marked the lowest since the government began compiling emigration data in 1962 when 386 people left the country to live abroad.
Barring last-minute surprises, it now looks very likely that by the end of this month, the United States and Iran will conclude a deal over the latter's nuclear program.
Leopold von Ranke, a German historian and a founder of modern source-based history, teaches us history has to be written "wie es eigentlich gewesen" or "as it really is." Perhaps Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has never tried to understand von Ranke's dictum.
- Joe Hung
Organ transplants have been in the news this past week after reports that the organs of Irish physiotherapist Lisa Orsi, 22, who died after a trek in Indonesia, will be donated to several people here in Singapore, where she had worked since last year.
The shocking physical attack on U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert in Seoul may appear just the latest negative news from the Korea peninsula. On March 10 he left the hospital, five days after being slashed in a knife attack by a deranged fanatical nationalist.
I once got involved in a "friendly argument" with a friend of my father about the role of history in our lives. The issue was whether younger people (I was a college student at the time) should have to keep listening to old stories about World War II. I was most reluctant to admit to the value of what had occurred yesterday.
As the world's second largest economy -- and by some measures already the largest -- mainland China will always offer up opportunity to those willing to tolerate the risk, the pollution and the corruption.