A major rift has emerged between two nations that are longtime sworn friends regarding suspicions over Iran's nuclear development program. This is an extraordinary situation.
Politicians love political gobbledygook. It's only natural, because they want to say what they don't mean and mean what they don't want to say. One good example is the response Chao Tien-lin, director of the Department of Chinese Affairs at the Democratic Progressive Party, made to what Chinese President Xi Jinping had said at a panel discussion with members of the 12th National Committee of the People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing last Wednesday.
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Readers' responses to my columns are interesting to me, and are always a push for deeper reflection. I am grateful for the words several critics have recently posted under my name in the commentary section of The China Post. I want to share some of those words here today.
Drug-related crimes in Indonesia have entered an emergency phase, threatening the nation's resilience. According to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, everyday the crimes claim the lives of 40 to 50 Indonesian citizens, causing their families to grieve and experience agony. Can, therefore, capital punishment be imposed against drug offenders?
The gangland style murder of Boris Nemtsov starkly demonstrates the considerable distance still separating Russia from stable and reliable rule of law.
Amid a near unquenchable thirst for natural resources, a desire to develop new trading partners and an opportunity to press for political influence in a vast region increasingly ignored by the United States, the People's Republic of China is forging ahead to develop closer ties with Latin America.
Last weekend, Beijing ended its one-month rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council. This was an opportunity for China to present an image of itself as a responsible world power, and the Chinese government grasped it with both hands, organizing an open debate on maintaining international peace and security.
There are two ways to see whether something is going to do well or badly -- a top-down view or a bottom-up view. I spent more than a month traveling through Indochina and visited eight out of the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the last year to get a first-hand view from the ground up.
A recent trend shows a continuous fall in oil prices. Brent Crude Oil hit its lowest at US$45 per barrel in January 2015 after fluctuating around US$50 the previous months.
The Middle East is burning. Jet fighters from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt have attacked numerous Islamic State (IS) movement targets in Syria, Iraq and Libya, mainly in response to the sadistic killing of a captured Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh.