A few days ago, I met a renowned expert on Chinese, Japanese and Korean relations. He was genuinely concerned about recent radical developments in East Asia: increasing Chinese and American rivalry as the former engages in territorial disputes; the sudden upswing of the right wing in Japan, and her alliance with America; and the conflicts between South Korea and Japan over Dokdo island and the atrocities the latter committed during the colonial period.
Two and a half years after the Philippines first sought international arbitration in its disputes with China over the South China Sea, the first hearings were finally held in The Hague this month by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, despite China's refusal to take part and its contention that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction.
The evidence is everywhere. Boat loads of emaciated people adrift on the Andaman Sea, begging for water; exhausted refugees staggering out of the surf on Greek islands, having survived the smugglers' boats; desperate families breaking down the barbed wire fence separating Turkey and Syria, to escape the battles being fought a few miles away.
The two events that shook the world in June and early July were the Greek crisis and China's stock market gyrations. Both events were about getting prices right -- the Greek negotiations on whether Greece can sustain such high debt without some debt write-offs and the mainland stock markets finding their own price equilibrium.
Hospitals are increasingly turning to robots and assistive technology to ease their manpower crunch. To speed up the process, Changi General Hospital has set up a Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology to hothouse such research.
The Iran nuclear deal is now concluded, but the political battle over its implementation and over broader security prospects in the Middle East is just beginning.
Although it was 14 years ago, it feels like yesterday when I stood before a packed audience in New York to denounce the enforcement of the "Global Gag Rule" by the United States which barred any overseas organization that received U.S. foreign assistance from not only providing safe abortion services, but engaging in any abortion-related activities, including advocacy for law reform.
In the week ahead, hangings are to resume in Pakistan as the federal government's monthlong moratorium on executions has expired with the end of Ramadan.
Please allow me to jot down my personal experience again. I have to thank the two surgeons at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou who have made it possible for me to continue keeping my Monday column.
- Joe Hung
A woman will be the next president of Taiwan, whichever party wins the election next January. On July 19, the governing Kuomintang (KMT) selected Hung Hsiu-chu as its presidential candidate. The presidential election will match her against Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the principal opposition, and their 2012 presidential nominee.
2015/7/26, 2 Comments