There's a reason Donald Trump’s impetuous conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has left foreign-policy experts tearing their hair out by the roots. The fussy diplomatic protocols Trump flouted, in this case, are not a mere formality.
While eclipsed in number by the large populations displaced by conflict in Kachin State and stranded in camps along the Myanmar-China border, Kachin refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are also facing increasingly untenable living conditions. Given little attention by media and lacking the support of non-governmental organisations and charities, it is not surprising that many characterise their situation as like that of “orphans”, “people who don’t have help from other people”.
Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the US presidential election has shaken the world. From Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s conspicuous silence to French President Francois Hollande’s statement that it opens up a “period of uncertainty” to the Kremlin’s barely concealed giddiness, Trump has not been received internationally like past US presidents. But one country has remained largely unmoved: China.
As US President-elect Donald Trump continues to stir up a hornet’s nest in Washington and elsewhere in America, the outgoing and lame-duck presidency of Barack Obama looks spent, its foreign policy agenda at risk of reversal and dismantlement. This is a pity because Mr Obama had his heart in the right places. He tried to make the world a better place but ultimately fell short.
China’s crackdown on lawyers and human rights defenders is not a single event but a rolling onslaught. Last month, three prominent rights activists were detained by police in separate provinces. What makes these detentions so pernicious is that China’s security apparatus has targeted the backbone of the rights movement: lawyers and defenders who represent the accused.
After taking power in April 2016 some analysts expected that Myanmar’s National League for Democracy-led government would quickly determine the fate of the China-backed and controversial Myitsone hydropower dam.
I have worked in a building along Anawratha Road for several years and have never been inconvenienced by street vendors. Just the opposite: for buying fruit for lunch or small sundries, these small businesses have been useful and add a human element at the side of the congested traffic.
Donald Trump is either a mad genius who has cracked the media code in a way no politician before him was able to do, or he’s a kind of political Mr. Magoo, stumbling randomly about yet achieving one success after another. We may never know which it is. But if we’re going to maintain democracy, we have to figure out how to deal with the way Trump successfully manipulates the media.
China is making some serious strategic mistakes in its dealings with ASEAN. It is sacrificing its long-term interests in favour of short-term objectives and its global interests in favour of regional concerns. And in the process, it is undermining a critical catalyst to its peaceful rise.