The Asean Summit in Singapore draws to a close amid the typical fanfare and self-congratulatory atmosphere. As the chairmanship baton passes on to Thailand in 2019, concerns remain over the relevance of Asean as the proverbial elephant in the room.
Deliberations on the bill to revise Japanâs Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law have started at a plenary session of the House of Representatives. The legislation would create new types of residence status to expand the scale of accepting foreign workers.
The headline is deliberately ambiguous. To clarify: US President Donald Trump âand his political opponentsâ are seriously complicating the foreign policies of nations all over the world, let alone those of America. How we engage with North Korea is one example.
For Asean leaders, US President Donald Trumpâs decision to skip their annual summit is a surprising gift. Trump will not attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Port Moresby this weekend either.Â
Sneakers on a popular Chinese e-commerce platform look like Adidas, but are branded âAbabisâ. Underwear resembling Calvin Klein are called âCaiwen Kaniâ. Toys with an uncanny resemblance to a certain blockbuster movie franchise opt for âStar Wnrsâ.
Alibaba Group is taking its stratospheric success to the next level with the launch of a mini-space station and a communication satellite, to coincide with the e-commerce giantâs 10th annual Singlesâ Day shopping extravaganza, held yesterday.