Tag: Asia

Taiwan and China to hold historic summit in Singapore

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday – the first ever meeting between leaders of the two sides. Both said the talks would focus on relations across the Taiwan Straits. China claims sovereignty over Taiwan and views the island as a breakaway province which will one day […]

Taiwan defined by conflicted identity, diplomatic isolation

It has no membership in the United Nations. In the Olympics, it competes as “Chinese Taipei.” Most nations don’t recognize it as a country.   The economically dynamic, self-governing island of Taiwan has struggled with diplomatic isolation and a conflicted identity that makes it not quite a sovereign nation — although many Taiwanese insist it […]

American, world’s largest airline, stopping flight to Israel

American made the decision due to the OneWorld global alliance, whose members include Arab carriers like Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian and the carrier of the Muslim-majority Asian country Malaysia, the source told TheMarker.   Oneworld is the third largest global alliance in terms of passengers flown by its member carriers, behind Star Alliance and […]

Netanyahu pivots to Asia

THE outcome of a vote on July 3rd at the United Nations Human Rights Council was never in doubt. In all, 41 nations voted for a report criticising Israel for its conduct in the Gaza conflict. Only America voted against it. The surprise, however, was that among the five nations abstaining was India. “For the […]

Whose splendid isolation?

THE Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual powwow in Singapore for Asia-Pacific defence chiefs, has begun to follow a pattern: America and its friends in Asia line up to criticise China for its alleged transgressions in the seas around its coast; China issues fierce, mendacious and unconvincing rebuttals; everybody goes home. Last year, China’s crimes were its […]

Hundreds of North Korean missiles pose bigger threat to Asia than US, researchers say

North Korea has hundreds of ballistic missiles that can target its neighbors in Northeast Asia, but will need foreign technology to upgrade its arsenal if it plans to pose a direct threat the United States, U.S. researchers said Tuesday.   The latest findings come from a research program investigating what North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability […]

Israel must open Asian markets due to anti-Semitism in Europe

With Europe becoming increasingly hostile toward Israel and Jews, the Jewish state needs to diversify its markets, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the cabinet Sunday, just hours before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe landed for the first visit by a Japanese premier in nine years.   “Western Europe is undergoing a wave of Islamization, anti-Semitism […]

South Korea Says North Korea “Must Disappear Soon”

A rhetorical battle between the rival Koreas intensified Monday with a South Korean official saying North Korea “must disappear soon.”   The comments, which will likely draw a furious response from Pyongyang, followed a series of sexist and racist slurs by North Korea against the leaders of South Korea and the United States. Pyongyang’s state […]