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22 Dec 2013 : The first really good news concerning diplomatic relations in East Asia in some time came out on Friday with the announcement that Japan's foreign minister and the Chinese envoy had met and had what was termed a "friendly" discussion. There were no details of the topics discussed but Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said afterwards that he and the Chinese ambassador, Cheng Yonghua, had "meaningful exchanges" based on their "mutually beneficial relationship". It may be a small thing, but anything to get the ball rolling toward greater diplomacy and peaceful negotiations between the two Asian powers is highly welcome, and hopefully a meeting between their leaders, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, will also soon be in the offing.
22 Dec 2013 : In his letter to PostBag on Thursday (''Pheu Thai must win trust''), Burin Kantabutra asks readers how Pheu Thai can earn the trust of anti-government protesters prior to the election.
27 Nov 2013 : Farmers on the Philippine island of Samar are used to typhoons. In East Asia, the archipelago receives the bulk of these powerful Pacific storms, and Samar, in the country's mid-section, lies on a straight line west of their typical birthplace. But as people emerged after Typhoon Haiyan to vast fields of felled coconut trees, drowned rice paddies, and destroyed banana crops, they knew this time was different.
27 Nov 2013 : The total number of protesters at the Ratchadamnoen rally on Sunday varied throughout the day as new people came in and tired ones left.
27 Nov 2013 : Thailand's unfurling political crisis that began with a protest against a blanket amnesty to absolve former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has reached a breaking point.
27 Nov 2013 : All parties must come to an end. So must all political protests. The country's biggest anxiety right now is how the anti-government rally will end.
27 Nov 2013 : The number of protesters who attended the anti-government rally on Ratchadamnoen Avenue on Sunday is being hotly debated.
27 Nov 2013 : Can we stop talking about democracy for a moment? It's not just since the unrolling of the Thaksin regime that I've been getting so fed up with the rampant misuse of "democracy" _ often by people who have no clue what this noble term really means _ that I've almost puked on occasion. But it's also because what I'm going to say right now has very little to do with political values, just plain morality.
27 Nov 2013 : The console wars are heating up again with the PS4 up against the Xbox One. As you might expect, both units have come with hardware upgrades and Microsoft has dropped the silly requirement to be always connected to the internet after it received a huge amount of negative feedback guaranteeing poor sales.
26 Nov 2013 : The government’s expansion of the enforcement of the Internal Security Act to cover all of Bangkok and Nonthaburi and Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani’s Lat Lum Kaew district is meaningless, as it has already been defied by thousands and thousands of protesters
26 Nov 2013 : Is this the end of Thaksin Inc in Thailand? The more than 100,000 people who joined rallies Sunday to oust the nation's prime minister certainly hope so. So do the thousands who took to the streets again today, some of whom broke barricades and police lines to get inside the grounds of the Finance Ministry in Bangkok.
26 Nov 2013 : The reaction by Myanmar to a UN request to grant citizenship to its Rohingya minority is as shocking as it is wrong. The official government spokesman, the president's office and the official representative of Aung San Suu Kyi's political party were quick to denounce the world body. Government officials dismissed the UN request as misinformed. Mrs Suu Kyi's spokesman went further, calling it interference in the country's internal affairs.