The U.S. President's annual State of the Union address is primarily about domestic policy with foreign flourishes and interludes. Barack Obama, facing lackluster poll ratings, presented a pedantic and populist address with the usual laundry list of political promises.
The 46-percent turnout by voters in the election on Sunday may seem as though Thais turned their backs on the election and want political reform first — when compared to the 75-percent turnout in 2011.
Japanese interest in India has been emphasized by the recent visit of the Japanese Emperor and Empress, followed not long after by that of the Prime Minister as chief guest on Republic Day.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's pick of deputies in China's national security commission and a reform-focused task force he heads is drawing scrutiny from analysts hoping to peek into the black box that is the Communist Party.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's first full-length interview with an Indian television channel since joining politics a decade ago did little to flesh out his public persona, with many saying the Gandhi scion fell short of expectations.
At the beginning of every year, countries around the world issue figures for economic growth, trade, immigration and so forth for the previous year.
By any measure, the upcoming election is the weirdest in Thai political history.
Chinese ships patrolling an area contested by Malaysia are likely to cause more anxiety across Southeast Asia and risk the ire of a country that has long sought to downplay strategic concerns generated by China's rising power.
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In the tangled mess of Bangkok street blockades manned by protesters bent on overthrowing the caretaker government of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, lies a sprawling encampment right next to the premier's vacated office.
Myanmar made succinctly clear the Rohingya problem would not be raised in any ASEAN meeting during its chairmanship this year. U Ye Htut, the spokesperson of President Thein Sein, reiterated his country's position during a press conference on the eve of the first ASEAN informal ministerial meeting recently in Bagan.