Oct 06 — The tense situation in Hong Kong is at a critical juncture. The pro-democracy protesters have made plain that they are there to stay; they are demanding that the Beijing-appointed chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, resign. They want China to live up to its promise that elections in 2017 will be freely contested, not constrained by being limited to Beijing-approved candidates. The Chinese ... Read More
Sep 23 — Since Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected in late 2012, he has embarked on an ambitious travel agenda. In 20 months as prime minister, he has visited nearly 50 countries – more than a quarter of the globe. While his travels have been varied, the most concentrated efforts have been in East Asia – where Abe has toured all 10 countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations... Read More
Aug 13 — The recent BRICS Summit July 14-16 in Brazil can be seen as a kind of coming-of-age party for the fledgling organization. The BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have come a long way since Jim O’Neill, an economist with Goldman Sachs, first coined the term “BRIC” in a paper he wrote in 2001 entitled “Building Better Global Economic BRICs” (South Africa was add... Read More
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