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History doesn't get much more ironic than this.
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Both Pope Francis and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jingping are visiting the United States at the same time. Two men whose paths will nearly intersect, both not touch, in New York at the United Nations are each leaders of 1.2 billion people; the pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and comrade Xi Jinping, the People's Republic of China. Pope Francis arrived amid White House pomp and circumstance ceremonies rather improbably in a tiny black Fiat. Xi goes around in black limos as one would expect.
While the public outcry and spontaneous acts of solidarity toward refugees in Europe appear very moving, the hard work lies in ensuring that refugees have access to education and vocational skills training, because this is in the best interests of everyone.
The Pakistan military's deepening involvement in state affairs and public expectations could lead to a slippery path.
The way Islam and American Muslims have been treated in the current U.S. presidential race is deeply disturbing. Opinions nurtured and policies formulated in the run-up to the election just over a year from now are bound to have a far-reaching impact both within the United States and across the world.
Gender ministries tend to be underfunded and lack the influence and weight of larger and stronger ministries, such as foreign affairs or treasury functions. This is where we intend to learn from history -- and change it.
Chinese mainland leader Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States will be high powered, high profile and of high intensity -- Internet and big business events in Seattle, a formal summit in Washington and activities honoring the 70th anniversary of the United Nations in New York.
Hong Kong's economy "lags" behind regional rivals Singapore and Macau because Hong Kongers have failed to "de-colonize" after the 1997 British handover, according to a former senior mainland official who oversaw the territory's affairs.
Virtually on the eve of Xi Jinping's visit to the United States, both the Chinese and American governments took steps to ensure a smooth summit with Barack Obama. Xi sent a special envoy, Politburo member Meng Jianzhu, to Washington to defuse the issue of cybersecurity and, the following week, the U.S. for the first time sent one of China's most wanted fugitives back to the country.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had his way by ramming through key legislation that would permit his forces to fight overseas for the first time since World War II.
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