As host of the this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting China made a huge effort not only on the diplomatic and hospitality fronts, but in transferring a normally smoggy Beijing to a blue-sky Beijing. This effort to allow some sunshine onto the proceedings may have helped produce one of the main bilateral outcomes – namely the US-China agreement on reducing carbon remissions.
The biggest question on everyone’s lips before the summit was whether President Xi and Prime Minister Abe would shake hands. As is evident from the photo above, the icebreaking handshake between the two most powerful Asian leaders was ice-cold too.
By International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group’s latest report, Myanmar: The Politics of Rakhine State looks at how the legacy of colonial history, decades of authoritarian rule and state-society conflict have laid the foundation for today’s complex mix of intercommunal and inter-religious tensions.
The text of “Decision on Several Important Issues Regarding the All-Around Promotion of Ruling the State According to Law,” passed by the Fourth Plenum on 23 October (the text is available in .pdf below) contemplates some positive legal reforms, although hardly fundamental, since institutionally speaking, the Party remains above the law.
As leaders of South Asian countries gather in Kathmandu for the latest SAARC summit,attention will focus once more on the tensions between the two giants of the regional grouping, Pakistan and India. What role does - and should - Pakistan have within the region as a new government in India settles into office and a new president takes office in an Afghanistan now largely devoid of foreign combat troops?
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