With global powers shifting from the West to the East, China is clearly asserting itself in world affairs in a variety of ways. On territorial disputes, Xiying Lei, a Ph.D. candidate at the Asia Pacific College of Australia National University, states that China's strategy is to “make the outside world know that it is a 'great power.'”
How can Japan untangle the row with China over the Senkaku Islands?
The end of the year is the time to reflect on the past and the beginning of the year is time to reflect on the future.
At the beginning of the 21st Century, the much heralded “Asian Century” was the compass for global policymakers to set their future directions. They know the region will dominate the next 100 years.
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Thai foreign policy in the past year has been dominated by the performance of Surapong Tovichakchaikul. The foreign minister has also doubled as deputy prime minister and, since early December, as chief of the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), dealing with the anti-government protests.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye began the new year reiterating her economic and social targets and calling on the nation to come together, but the outlook for the political arena appears anything but harmonious.
During this past summer, regional fishing territory disputes became a major issue in Taiwan, reaching further than the usual diplomatic circles. On April 10, 2013, Taiwan signed a fishing agreement with Japan after enduring 17 years of on-again, off-again negotiations.
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It was not hunger or a craving for ordinary food that drove Chinese President Xi Jinping to a Beijing eatery for a 21 yuan (US$3.46) meal of pork buns, pig liver and vegetables, which he paid for out of his own pocket.
Japan is rapidly drifting to the right.
The current political violence is a poignant reminder that Thai culture is not as peaceful and gentle as officials like to claim through government textbooks and tourist brochures. In the last two months, eight people have been killed and over 300 injured.