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  • Former Fed official Fisher: China could be the key to solving the North Korea crisis

    CHINA, 2017/09/16 Richard Fisher, the former Federal Reserve official and current top advisor at Barclays, said Friday he is looking for China to play a pivotal role in resolving problems on the Korean Peninsula. Following North Korea's new missile launch before in the day, Fisher said the current U.S. government's strategy in getting nations to acknowledge on sanctions against North Korea was a "step in the right direction." He acknowledged, however, that recent steps taken by the international community were likely less severe than the White Home would've like.
  • Taro Kono starts well as Japan's foreign minister

    JAPAN, 2017/08/15 Foreign Minister Taro Kono made his presence felt on his initial overseas trip since taking the position last week. In fluent English, Kono exchanged opinions with other foreign ministers and distinguished himself on several occasions, inclunding with an off-the-cuff counterargument to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Although Kono has made a solid start, however, the diplomatic arena contains a lot of pending issues — and producing good results will not be easy.
  • Xi congratulates new president of Vanuatu

    CHINA, 2017/07/20 Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent a congratulatory message to Tallis Obed Moses, Vanuatu's new president. In the message, Xi said China-Vanuatu relations have maintained sound momentum of development since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations.
  • Battulga will receive the seal from outgoing President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.

    MONGOLIA, 2017/07/10 Mongolia's president-elect Khaltmaa Battulga will be inaugurated on July 10, authorities said Sunday. Miyegombyn Enkhbold, Mongolia's parliament speaker, has issued an order to hold an extraordinary parliament conference to prepare for the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected president on Monday morning.
  • Can Koike conquer the capital?

    JAPAN, 2017/06/27 The current assembly is dominated by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its long-time religious ally Komeito. Together, they have maintained a comfortable working majority which has supported, opposed and summarily dismissed the last two Tokyo governors — inclunding pursuing notable pork barrelling. On 2 July the voters of metropolitan Tokyo go to the polls to elect a new prefectural assembly. These elections are usually mild affairs, made duller in recent years by the diminished popularity of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP). Tokyo Governor and chief of Tokyo Citizens Initial party Yuriko Koike waves to voters atop of a campaign van as election campaign officially kicks off for Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, on the street in Tokyo 23 June 2017. 
  • South Korean election breaks all precedents

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/05/07 Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye set a lot of milestones in Korean political history. She was the initial female president, and the daughter of a former president, Park Jung-hee. She was the initial president since South Korea’s democratisation in 1987 to be impeached by the National Assembly and the Constitutional Court. And, without precedent, she was arrested and jailed instantly next the impeachment over corruption charges. On Park’s departure the focus shifted sharply to the upcoming presidential election. In the aftermath of Park’s impeachment, for the initial time in any South Korean presidential election there is no strong conservative candidate.
  • Japan policymakers to meet on markets, Bernanke to talk with Abe

    JAPAN, 2016/07/10 Senior Japanese policymakers will discuss world market developments on Friday and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will have talks in Tokyo next week with officials inclunding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, government sources said. The meetings underscore the concern government officials have about damage that the recent market rout, triggered by the Brexit vote, could inflict on Japan's fragile economic recovery. Officials from the Ministry of Finance, Financial Services Agency and the Bank of Japan will meet Friday at 9:30 a.m. (0030 GMT) to exchange views inclunding on how the government should respond to the yen's appreciation, the sources said.
  • More of the same from Japanese polls next weekend

    JAPAN, 2016/07/05
  • Tens of thousands march in South Korea anti-government protest.

    SOUTH KOREA, 2015/11/15 Police fired tear gas and water cannons Saturday as they clashed with anti-government demonstrators who marched through Seoul in what was believed to be the major turmoil in South Korea's capital in additional than seven years. About 80,000 people were expected to turn up for the downtown rallies that stretched into the evening, according to an official at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, who didn't want to be named, citing office rules. The marches, organized by labor, civic and farmers' groups, brought together protesters with a diverse set of grievances against the government of conservative President Park Geun-hye, inclunding her business-friendly labor policies and a decision to require middle and high schools to use only national-issued history textbooks starting in 2017.
  • What to expect from Cambodia’s 2013 election

    CAMBODIA, 2013/07/27 The uneven playing field in Cambodia’s political landscape favours the CPP in a number of ways. Initial, the National Election Committee (NEC), which is under the control of the ruling party, has been suspected of tampering with the voter inventory. The National Democratic Institute found that one in ten voters have had their names removed from this year’s voter inventory —an irregularity that could potentially disenfranchise over a million voters. Second is the unequal access to the media. The CPP has a monopoly over online media, leaving the opposition parties to rely on the insufficiently short, officially allocated time on national-run television. The opposition parties’ campaigns have therefore been based on face-to-face meetings with their supporters, which can generate only limited exposure.