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Asia’s houses of the holy

In the 1960s, “The Orient” captured a new interest among the post-World War II Beat Generation as the lures of Zen Buddhism, Indian music, Thai weed and related mind-altering experiences rippled through the hip communities of the West.  While young American GIs were fighting the Vietnam War, more peaceable folks were donning backpacks and heading […]

Posted inNorth-South Korea

Moon’s right-hand man former friend to the North

This article was originally published May 14, 2017. Im Jong-seok has now been mentioned as President’s Moon’s possible nominee for the post of unification minister. As US investigators hunkered down last week to investigate whether US President Donald Trump’s election campaign colluded with a hostile government, South Korea’s new president was appointing a right-hand man […]

Posted inAT Financial

Asia Times Financial launches news service, China domestic bond index

Asia Times Financial (ATF) today launched news and index services – notably the Asia Times Financial China Bond 50 Index – to provide expert, fast and accurate narratives about key Asian credit markets. The ATF China Bond 50 Index is a product created by the collaborative strength of Capital Link International and its partners: media platform ATF and […]

Posted inAnalysis

Israel’s new leader needs to deliver change – and fast

Israel’s 36th government was approved on Monday with a slim majority of 60-59 in the Knesset, or parliament. The new prime minister is the leader of the national-religious party Yamina, Naftali Bennett. A religious person, a former commander in an elite army combat unit and successful high-tech entrepreneur, Bennett was forced to form a unity government with centrist Yair […]

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G7 meet underscores fault lines on China

The Group of Seven (G7) has come a long way since its inception in the mid-1970s at the initiative of then-French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt to discuss the world economy and consult on an international economic policy following the first oil shock and the collapse of the Bretton Woods […]

Posted inMyanmar

Myanmar’s UN envoy calls for anti-junta measures

Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, who has refused to leave his post despite being fired after the February coup, has called for “effective collective measures” against the junta, ahead of expected Security Council talks on the situation. “It is most urgent that the international community take effective collective measures to prevent any possible crimes […]

Posted inIndia

India’s Adani group companies’ shares nosedive

Shares of Adani group companies, promoted by India’s second richest man, Gautam Adani, suffered reverses on Monday following media reports of freezing of the accounts of three foreign portfolio investors that had invested heavily in the infrastructure conglomerate. The National Securities Depository has frozen the accounts of Albula Investment Fund, Crest Fund and APMS Investment […]

Posted inUS-China

The enduring triumph of Chimerica

NEW YORK – Hating China may be the only thing that American politicians agree about, but China remains the prop and support of the American economy. Americans can’t spend the trillions of dollars that their federal government has poured out in “stimulus” payments without Chinese imports. And the American Treasury can’t finance its projected US$2.3 […]

Posted inAfghanistan

Al-Qaeda stirs as US withdraws from Afghanistan

PESHAWAR – Hundreds of al-Qaeda operatives including the terror group’s elusive leader Ayman al-Zawahiri are sheltering in the Pakistan-Afghan border region, a hidden presence that could come above ground as Afghanistan tilts towards a new era of civil war. A United Nations report released last week claims Taliban operatives consisting of Afghan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh […]

Posted inCovid-19

Novavax vaccine more than 90% effective

Novavax’s Covid-19 jab is more than 90% effective, including against coronavirus variants, the vaccine maker said Monday after a large-scale US study. The jab “demonstrated 100% protection against moderate and severe disease, 90.4% efficacy overall,” the company said in a statement, adding “the study enrolled 29,960 participants across 119 sites in the US and Mexico […]

Posted inOpinion

India must bolster efforts to secure Andaman Sea

On June 9, the Indian and Thai navies began a three-day coordinated patrol in the strategically located Andaman Sea. The Indian Navy’s offshore patrol vessel INS Saryu and the Thai ship Krabi, along with Dornier maritime patrol aircraft from both navies, participated in the 31st edition of the India-Thailand coordinated patrol (CORPAT). The navies of both countries […]

Posted inEssay

Is America back or not under Biden?

Looking at the global situation from China, Beijing still has a strong hand, but things could turn around very swiftly. Timing is very important and present posturing could be misleading. US President Joe Biden went to the G7 last Friday ready to strike and impress the allies against China. He rolled out a massive plan […]