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China's craving for hegemony
As 2016 draws to a close, China's economic, political and military posture is higher than ever.
 
West African island nation Sao Tome and Principe cut off diplomatic relations with Taiwan last Wednesday. The ties were established in 1997 when Sao Tome switched diplomatic recognition from Beijing to Taipei.
 
You may have read last Wednesday in a local newspaper about a special kind of convenience store in the Xinyi district of Taipei that called it quits this past week. This is a place and a story that offers lessons to ponder.
 
Christmas season is also the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle in the history of the United States. On Dec. 16, 1944, Nazi Germany launched an enormous offensive through the quiet, thinly-defended Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Adolf Hitler and planners in Berlin achieved total surprise. German forces rapidly gained ground.
 
The reality and legacy of Thailand's monarchy
For some "truth" is just another one of life's challenges (to surmount) -- another road as it were, not overly difficult to navigate and manipulate or to design and build, especially if you're among the powerful and privileged. In reality, however, truth is tough -- tough to perceive, to comprehend, and not the least, to judge.
 
During the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump didn't disguise his admiration for the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin. And now, as president-elect, Trump has nominated ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson, a recipient of Russia's Order of Friendship, as secretary of state.
 
Last Monday, the People's Republic of China celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Xi'an Incident (西安事变), an important turning point in modern Chinese history. It took place in the city of Xi'an in northwestern China during the civil war between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party before the Second Sino-Japanese War.
 
I cannot recall any particular Christmas in the past when I felt quite the same way I am feeling these days. Here we are, only a week away, and I seem to be struggling to get into the spirit of things.
 
The telephone conversation on Dec. 2 between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan was relatively brief but continues to reverberate prominently in news, diplomatic and political dimensions.
 
While Washington awaits the inauguration of a new president on Jan. 20, the United Nations has quietly passed its baton of leadership to a new secretary-general from Portugal. Addressing the U.N.
 
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