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Xi Jinping is leaving on Saturday on his first visit to Europe since assuming the presidency a year ago with the aim of enhancing economic ties between China and the European Union.
In recent times, the state of the world economy has been a decisive factor affecting the fortunes of developing countries in general and least developed landlocked countries like Nepal in particular. The world economy has been witnessing a declining trend in growth, from 3.9 percent in 2011 to 3.1 percent in 2012 and 3 percent in 2013.
World attention the past week has focused on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. For Malaysians, it's been a tense and intense experience.
It may be natural that the continuing rise in the number of babies born out of wedlock in Korea has drawn attention from many demographers who are concerned about the country's low birthrate.
Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote “The Charge of the Light Brigade” in memory of the 600 brave cavalrymen who rode into the “Valley of Death” in the battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. A wrong order was given, but “Theirs was not to reply/Theirs not to reason why/Theirs but to do and die.” I am not that brave. Nobody gave me any order, right or wrong. But I have reasoned why I had to write “A New History of Taiwan” in English and Japanese.
Another big hot potato has landed on the lap of Thailand's leaders and they are scratching their heads over what to do.
The disappearance of Flight MH370 is one of the most sophisticated, well-planned and well-orchestrated hostile takeovers of a plane since the 9/11 attacks in the United States 13 years ago, aviation and security experts said.
An article this past week in The China Post about an early graduation ceremony at Taipei Japanese School coincided with thoughts I've had for some time about what students might consider doing in the last weeks of their college careers.
South Korea is dealing with growing controversy concerning efforts by intelligence operatives to influence domestic politics. Agents of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) have admitted to secret work to elect President Park Geun-hye. The Cyberwarfare Command of the South Korea Army has been accused of similar illegal interference.
As the Ukraine crisis deepens, and diplomacy falters, Washington's rhetorical volume has been pumped up against Vladimir Putin's power grab in Crimea. The Europeans have equally criticized the Kremlin, but in more polite tones. Ukraine's fledgling government in the meantime, realizes both its vulnerability to neighboring Russia's political policies as well as its energy supply.
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