Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Trump’s ‘America First’ policy will cost some countries much more than others

Just minutes after Donald Trump took over as president of the US, WhiteHouse.gov was updated with his new priorities. Among them? An “America first” foreign policy.

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Who’s who in Taiwan’s Trump delegation

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen sent an 11-strong cross-party delegation to the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, urging them interact with and thank the incoming US leader.

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Two sides of the same coin

One of the biggest buzzwords in politics and government studies is governance. In almost every developing country in the world, it has become a prominent term. However, the definition of governance and how it should be used has never been settled. This isn’t helped by the fact that several ideas are associated with governance, including transparency, accountability, capacity building and clean government.

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Donations won’t plug the glaring wealth gap

International advocacy group Oxfam released a report this week revealing that eight men are as wealthy as the poorest half of the world’s population.

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Can Hanoi’s balancing act continue?

Singapore's late founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, always had ambivalent feelings about Vietnam.

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China finally gets its ballpoint pen

Last week, China announced that it had mastered the art of making ballpoint pens. Don’t laugh: It was a years-long effort that cost millions of dollars and required the leadership of a state-run corporate colossus. It was front-page news, widely discussed on talk shows and celebrated on social media.

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A lesson in development from Gamcheon, South Korea

On a windy day in Busan, South Korea, I stood before the Gamcheon Culture Village. Streams of tourists tirelessly roam the community where colourful tiny houses pack the entire valley, as well as a nearby hill.

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Global economy looks to Asia

Japan, China and the rest of East Asia enjoyed rapid development and rising living standards by opening up their economies and becoming integral parts of the global trade and economic system. The openness was underpinned by international commitments, like signing up to the WTO, and joining regional agreements that were supported by and reinforced that global system. Globalisation is now under threat.

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Donald Trump through China’s eyes

When Donald Trump won the United States’ presidential election in November, he had a lot of Chinese fans. But Trump’s popularity has since plummeted, owing to his statements – often via Twitter – on contentious issues, such as Taiwan and the South China Sea. This isn’t the first time China’s view of a US leader has deteriorated rapidly.

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More work needs to be done to combat Zika virus

Over the past year, we’ve seen the life-altering effects of the Zika virus on newborns. Images of babies with abnormally small heads and other birth defects have been shown in newspapers and on TV broadcasts around the world. These images often show the hands of their parents feeding, bathing and comforting them, or the hands of doctors or nurses caring for them. These hands represent the intensive, potentially lifelong support that many of these children will need.

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