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  1. Coming to the party

    Posted Jun 06th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... by analysts as East Asia's best examples of democracy. Japan's Liberal Democratic Party fits Mr Lee's model perfectly- it has ruled uninterrupted since 1955. Nonetheless, Dr Wee did ... and Malaysia. For all this talk of authoritarianism, though, East Asia actually has these three examples of somewhat more democratic societies- although they still have a considerable way to go, South ...

  2. War laws

    Posted Mar 14th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... in Taiwan and elsewhere in east Asia were not taking such a calm view. They saw the pending introduction of the law with either caution or concern, depending on proximity to the Taiwan Strait. ... observers said. The director of the National University of Singapore's East Asia Institute, Wang Gungwu, described Taiwan as being seen by Beijing as trying to 'push the packet'. ...

  3. Asean crucial to supplying region's rising fuel needs

    Posted Sep 26th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... planning nightmare of east Asia's rapidly growing economies. The resultant price rise will have greatest impact on natural resource-poor northeast Asia, heavily dependant on oil from ... the Middle East. 'The relation between northeast Asia and Russia is therefore an important issue,' Dr Fujitomi said. 'The gas and oil pipeline is an important project, if it can ...

  4. Solution to nuclear crisis years away

    Posted Jul 20th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... aid deals are struck in return for the scrapping of nuclear programmes, security in East Asia might still be a decade away, they suggest. South Africa's disarmament in the early 1990s ... that North Korea seemed willing to accept multilateral talks. The North's erratic negotiating record and secretive nature makes putting a time-frame on the eliminating of its threat to East Asia ...

  5. Tuned in, turned off

    Posted Jul 31st 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... as 'brownouts' still occur. These, coupled with the Catholic-majority country's rejection of birth control, give the nation a population growth rate of 1.96 per cent- the fourth-highest in East Asia behind the considerably-smaller Laos, East Timor and Macau, and 61st in the world, according to the CIA World Fact Book. Televisions alone don't make people disinterested in sex. ...

  6. Foreign forays

    Posted Feb 13th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... foreign-policy interests lie. Either Europe or the Middle East has always been the first port of call, but Hillary Rodham Clinton would seem to be breaking the mould on Sunday when she heads to East Asia. With China obviously on the itinerary and seen as crucial to yanking Americans from the financial mess they've put the world in, the focus may not seem surprising. Don't ...

  7. Fear spreads its wings

    Posted Aug 21st 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... in the mainland provinces of Qinghai and Xinjiang in May and June and Siberia last month have prompted authorities in Australia, South Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa to take the warnings ... of guarding against H5N1, a method used with great effectiveness when it re-emerged in Hong Kong in 2000. But since outbreaks began appearing in East Asia in late 2003, the virus has been declared ...

  8. Does North Korea really have a price?

    Posted Jul 27th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... their negotiating leverage,' said Mr Saunders, the director of the East Asia non-proliferation programme at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. 'But if the deal ... is that the peace deal that was meant to follow remains a dream. A violent awakening could come any time with the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons hanging heavily over northeast Asia ...

  9. So near, yet so far

    Posted Apr 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Demonstrators claim that Japanese atonement for the atrocities committed by its troops during the country's invasion, colonisation and occupation of East Asia from 1910 to 1945 is insufficient. ... organisations far outstrip others. A council seat would finally wipe the slate of the past and put the East Asian nation alongside China, France, Russia, Britain and the US as a member of the most elite ...

  10. Classic Clinton

    Posted Aug 16th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... response was to build a co-operative relationship. This would make China feel it did not need to achieve a strategic superiority to the US and prevent the possibility of an arms race in East Asia ... and that further currency revaluation would help correct any imbalances. 'It's in China's interest to have a lot of goodwill and prosperity in Southeast Asia and Africa and elsewhere ...




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