Politics

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China and Iran: New Friends

China's decision to send 1,000 soldiers to South Lebanon with the UNIFIL mission is the latest example of Beijing's increased involvement in the Middle East. The overall importance of the broader Midd... Read More...
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China’s Need for an Eternal Enemy

In what is being called a breakthrough in much of the world’s press, Shinzo Abe was received relatively warmly in Beijing in his first visit outside Japan as the country’s newly installed prime ... Read More...
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Lee Kuan Yew stirs it up again

The octogenarian former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew Monday may have issued a grudging but almost unprecedented personal apology for what have been perceived as intemperate remarks about the treatmen... Read More...
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Thaksin finally bows out

Deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resigned from his Thai Rak Thai party Tuesday, effectively terminating what was the most popular party in Thai history before the military and palace joined forces to o... Read More...
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China and the Pilot Fish to the South

Southern China’s balmy Nanning, a city of pell-mell construction, tower cranes and heavy industry with a dash of pleasant riverside, is busy sprucing up for worldwide fame when leaders and lackeys fro... Read More...
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Singapore’s war on the press continues

Less than a month after Singapore shot itself in the foot with a crackdown on the press in the run up to meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on its soil, the government seems to have ... Read More...
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Ex General to Lead Thailand

General Surayud Chulanont, a former army chief who is currently a member of the king’s inner circle, will likely be appointed interim prime minister by Thailand’s ruling military junta, reports ... Read More...
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Getting to Know You

A week after the Thai military shocked the world by forcibly removing the twice-elected Thaksin Shinawatra from power, the generals and the public are still feeling each other out. For now, the junta a... Read More...
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Malaysia’s Royal Police Defy Their Boss

The Royal Malaysian Police have brought a blue-ribbon police commission  to a standstill over allegations of corruption, custodial death, excessive force against peaceful demonstrators and a generally trigger-h... Read More...