Today marks President Rodrigo Duterte's 180th day in office; by one measure, his famous campaign pledge to crack down hard on crime and illegal drugs in six months has reached its deadline.
It has been clear ever since Lord Chris Patten, the last British governor, left Hong Kong following its handover to China, that the road to the territory's Government House runs through Beijing.
As 2016 draws to a close, China's economic, political and military posture is higher than ever.
There is a lot of curiosity about how President-elect Donald Trump's administration may deal with Pakistan and the broader South Asian region. But there is too much uncertainty still for political analysis to produce anything truly meaningful in response.
The year 2016 will be remembered for many things, not least of which for how the old world order got tossed out and a new world order got established.
It goes without saying that Christmas is my favorite time of year.
Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak., 3 Comments
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.
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Iraqi Christians filled the pews of the fire-scarred Mar Shimoni church in a town east of Mosul on Christmas Eve for the first service since its recapture from jihadists.
No matter how vigilant people are, someone, somewhere will err sometimes.