Wednesday, April 16, 2014
In quick succession in one week, the United States sent a series of clear messages to China that it is firmly committed to protect the Philippines and Japan in their territorial disputes with Beijing.
April 8 marked the end of Microsoft's support to Windows XP. After releasing its last two official patches, Microsoft stopped patching security holes in its 12-year-old operating system. This leaves Windows XP users open to cyber attacks, which will neither be investigated nor fixed.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Next Monday the senior officials from ASEAN and China will be meeting in Pattaya, following their meeting last September at Suzhou, China where they kicked off official consultation on the process of formulating codes of conduct (CoC) for the South China Sea. It was a turning point, as China expressed readiness to engage ASEAN on this sensitive issue. Last month, their officials at the working level met in Singapore to review the progress and prepare recommendations for the Pattaya meeting, which will also meet back-to-back to discuss overall ASEAN-China relations.
Singapore marks the 50th anniversary of its independence next year. The past five decades have witnessed the small island city-state rise as a thriving global business hub crowded with multinational corporations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who already wears many hats, acquired his ninth last month as chair of a reform-oriented military taskforce. He was promptly nicknamed Jiu Ba Dao, or “Nine Knives,” the pen name of a popular Taiwanese author-director.
Fed-up with the massive rigging that took place in previous elections, Afghan voters have been using social media to highlight alleged fraud, and officials are starting to take notice.
Monday, April 14, 2014
All student protesters from the Sunflower Movement left the Assembly Hall of the Legislative Yuan on Thursday, ending their hijacking of the parliament. Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting,
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Prospects for much-needed reforms in Southeast Asia's top economy are in doubt after a worse-than-expected election performance by the main opposition left Indonesia staring at an unwieldy coalition government, analysts warn.
Poll after poll over many years has shown that Americans overwhelmingly support legal access to abortion for women impregnated by rape. Yet the issue remains divisive, as demonstrated by two current rifts — one involving U.S. aid policy overseas, the other highlighting strategy differences within the U.S. anti-abortion movement.
That water is a precious resource is dramatized every time the dry season hits a blazing peak from March to May.