The foreign ministerial talks between Japan and Russia were held in Moscow. It has marked the first meeting since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Russian President Vladimir Putin named his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to be in charge of peace treaty negotiations.
Is it still relevant to our security? Maybe not,â Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said at a press conference last month, revealing his plans to review the 1951 Philippine-US Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT).
It is a measure of the renewed tension over the status of Taiwan that President Tsai Ing-wen, has sought âinternational supportâ in response to the blunt message of President Xi Jinping â either to unite with China or âface the forceâ of Beijing to prevent Taiwan from seeking formal independence.
It comes with the territory: That was how President Rodrigo Duterte described the heinous crime of rape against overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in a speech last week. Itâs a given for those âworking as slaves [overseas],â he said. âRape comes with the territory.â
The past weekend saw another wave of fine dust blanket South Korea. Over the past 10 years, the frequency of waves of fine dust has increased steadily, causing people to worry about their negative effects on public health.
During a visit to London, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in which they agreed the two nations would closely cooperate in working to maintain the free trade system.
Indonesiaâs National Police chief General Tito Karnavian announced recently that police officersâ allowances would be increased by up to 70 per cent and that raised the question of whether a higher pay may help fix Indonesiaâs graft problem.
Even before Thaksin Shinawatra entered politics, his family was involved in dubious, if not totally illegal, business documentation. In fact, it was something in his pre-Thai Rak Thai past â the massive transfers of shares from his inner circles to people who were not supposed to have them â that kick-started Thailandâs ongoing and detrimental national divide.Â