The Indo-Pacific concept is a useful way of understanding changing regional dynamics, but it also reflects a key strategic challenge – the relationship between China and India, two world giants with growing geopolitical ambitions
Since Myanmar’s landmark election in November 2015, the National League for Democracy government has publicly condemned the use of so-called hate speech on several occasions and indicated that a new law may be drafted to tackle the problem.
It is vital for the international community to increase pressure in unison on North Korea to prevent it from making military provocations. China should not break this encirclement because of self-serving reasons.
In his 2011 study, British Comics, James Chapman wrote that comic books were “a valuable but neglected source of social history that provided insights into the societies and cultures in which they were produced and consumed”. Like other forms of popular visual culture, such as movies, comics are not only a reflection of the tastes and social values of consumers but also play an important role in influencing their attitudes and behaviours.
Smart politicians know it pays to keep the masses and the media engaged and entralled by regular headline-grabbing actions. So it proved once again when Indonesia’s oft-underestimated President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo abruptly dumped nine ministers and juggled the jobs of four others on July 27.
Contrary to widespread speculation, tensions in the South China Sea did not peak after the July 12 ruling by the arbitral tribunal: So far, China has not announced the creation of a South China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone, nor has it started the land reclamation of the Scarborough Shoal.
A man walks into a bookstore and asks for a copy of the constitution. “We don’t sell periodical literature,” replies the manager. This joke dates to 1958, when France passed the Fifth Republic constitution. So spare a thought for Thai voters, who on August 7 approved the country’s 20th constitution since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932.
In September, China will host the G20 meeting of world leaders for the first time. It could not have chosen a more opportune moment to assume a leadership role. Chinese President Xi Jinping should seize the occasion to push China’s ambitious development agenda globally.