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Taiwan's leader, President Tsai Ing-wen, arrived in Honduras Sunday for a closely watched four-nation Central American visit. But (in China at least) there was much more interest in her stopovers in the United States: Houston on the way out and San Francisco on the way home.
 
Students of the sophomore media and design class of the Kuangfu High School in Hsinchu paraded in a Nazi cosplay event on campus last year on Christmas Eve.
 
"You have heard of the patience of Job," wrote Jesus' disciple James, underscoring the importance of patience as well as faith in handling severe reversals and frustrations (James 5:11).
 
Donald Trump will assume the American presidency during a pivotal time in U.S.-Asian relations.
 
Tuesday's editorial in the China Post this past week saves us the trouble of getting bogged down in every last detail of an intriguing story. "Look around -- we're in post-truth Taiwan" was the title of the editorial, in my view, unusually well done.
 
The page has been turned. And the new U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff, Guterres stated, "I think we should have no illusions. We are facing very challenging times."
 
The most fashionable word after Brexit and Trump's triumph in 2016 as U.S. president-elect was "post-truth," roughly defined as the "cherry-picking of data to support emotive politics." If there is no truth or objective facts, because all media is subject to manipulation, are we then living in "alt-future," an alternative future where there are no truths, only selective lies?
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Twenty years ago, Hong Kong was handed over to China by Britain, its colonial master for 156 years. The decision had been made earlier by China's diminutive but doughty leader Deng Xiaoping, and the reputedly unbending "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher had little choice but to acquiesce.
 
So long, Year of the Monkey - A glance back at the winners and losers of 2016
Enter the Rooster, exit the Monkey. Once again, as the new year begins, we take at look at who's in and who's out in Asia.
 
Japan seems to worried over the prospect of the People's Republic of China supporting Okinawan independence.
 
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