After years of troubled relations with the countries of Southeast Asia, China has launched a campaign to enhance its relationship with ASEAN through a dramatic increase in trade, all the while not retreating on its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.
In early August, The Nation interviewed key members of the Pheu Thai and coalition parties involved in pushing an amnesty bill when its first reading was put on the House agenda as an urgent issue.
It is the positive common ground in our respective faiths that we should be celebrating.
2013/10/29, 4 Comments
Antics of speakers at a recent conference tell more about themselves than the subject itself.
Watchers of Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, including his potential rivals in the 2014 presidential election, must be wondering and perhaps are even worried by his latest move this week: the banning of masked monkey dances in the streets.
When Premier Jiang Yi-huah survived a no-confidence vote without much difficulty on Oct. 15, he said he hoped the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement would be “ratified” before the end of this year. The agreement, signed in Shanghai on June 21 as a follow-up to the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) of 2010, has been stalled in the Legislative Yuan because the Democratic Progressive Party is historically opposed to any accord signed between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
- Joe Hung
Of late, President Ma Ying-jeou has been dogged by flying shoes thrown at him by protesters and hecklers, so frequent and threatening that Taiwan's police spent about US$16,000 to buy 149 “shoe-catching nets” to protect the safety of the president, although none of these projectiles has yet hit the bull's-eye.
I was struck this week by local news coverage in photos and reports that focused attention on young women and their bodies.
The United States may have averted a debt default, and ended the federal government shutdown, but costly political reverberations continue. The experience of Democratic and Republican leaders frozen in unmoving partisan positions has been unnerving, abroad and at home.
Forget about currency wars. The dollar may go up, the yen go down and RMB could be the next big currency. But what determines the value of the currency will be the quality of human talent. Money is man-made and the real value is not gold, not GDP, but sheer human power.