There was no awkward handshake and only broad smiles as U.S. President Donald Trump met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, for the first time, Chinese media and analysts noted, with some even predicting that they would develop a good personal relationship as they share similar traits.
Last month, Professor Michael Heng argued in Singapore that in order to achieve the Asian Century, there is a need for Asian cultural-intellectual rejuvenation.
The parallel crises of Syria and North Korea has forced policymakers to simultaneously concentrate on two geopolitical challenges over which big power interests coincide and may collide.
The chairmanship of ASEAN is rotated alphabetically. This has been the norm, in the region's diplomatic template since its inception in 1967.
The U.S. and China account for one-third of global economic output, so there is a lot at stake as President Donald Trump meets with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, not least the fate of the world economy over the next few years.
For Donald Trump, the reality of the world's problems may be starting to sink in.
Thai politics will see some positive signals in the coming months but citizens' civil and political rights will remain leashed as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) continues to have a stranglehold on society.
In January 2015, the police arrested Rajkumar Praja, a 31-year-old Chepang from Korak VDC, Chitwan, for killing over a dozen rhinos and smuggling two rhino horns. He was arrested by Interpol in Malaysia and extradited to Nepal.
The meeting between Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, was announced barely a week before it was to be held, suggesting difficult problems ahead. Almost simultaneously, Trump tweeted, "The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one."
It would appear that even Donald Trump is realizing the difference between being CEO of a private company and sitting in the Oval Office of the White House.