Lord George Macartney came to China as King George's envoy to be received in audience by Emperor Qianlong at Rehe or Jehol in 1793. The British lord had to follow the Chinese court protocol and presented gifts to the Son of Heaven. Among the gifts were precious clocks. Qianlong, of course, didn't bother to have a look at the gifts. The British diplomatic mission was a disastrous failure.
- Joe Hung
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's booboos this week in remarks about the gift of a pocket watch from the United Kingdom's Minister of State for Transport will hang in the clouds for a spell of time not yet determined.
“The Greek Way” no longer has quite such splendid implications for many. This is the title of a best-selling book on ancient Greece by German-American author Edith Hamilton, published in 1930 and reprinted regularly since. She was one of the most visible public advocates of the classics of the twentieth century, and her influence continues.
The period between Christmas and Chinese New Year is a period of grave reflection. In East Asia, the holiday season coincides with travel and family time, when we question friends and relatives about what to expect in the coming year. You know the year will be good if after Chinese New Year, either the stock market or the real estate market signals up. If they signal down, look for a weak year for the economy.
Every year, without fail, course books do not reach students of public schools at the start of the academic session.
While America seems transfixed on a spate of six separate Middle East crises, there's been far less attention paid on the brewing storm in Europe. Thus as political/military efforts are focused on trying to sort out Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Iran, Washington policymakers have been blindsided by fast unraveling events in Ukraine. We had better take notice of a very dangerous situation.
Interpellations by ruling and opposition party members on the fiscal policy speech delivered by Finance Minister Taro Aso started at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. This is the first full-fledged debate since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's third Cabinet was inaugurated.
The 18-year-old Korean boy believed to have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria began suffering from school violence when he was in elementary school. He confined himself to his home, seldom talking to his parents, after dropping out of middle school.
China's premier Li Keqiang went hiking in the Swiss Alps around Davos just before addressing delegates at the World Economic Forum (WEF) held here last week.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and many countries are gearing up to commemorate major historical events.