The task ahead of President-elect Barack Obama is not to meet all of the expectations of his supporters or to solve every problem facing the United States right now, but to simply practice what he has preached.
Much has been written about the favorable impact of Obama's election on foreign perceptions of the United States. But it is worth turning the question around: What will be the impact on U.S. views of Asia, and Asian countries' views of themselves?
President Bush said last year that "it should be a goal of the nation to shut down Guantánamo," the offshore prison for foreigners accused of terrorism. But now it seems this goal will remain unfulfilled when the president leaves office.
Does the government know something that people don't? Was there compelling need for the PM to go to Beijing to attend the Asia-Europe summit? Chinese intrusions into Indian territory have not stopped. And yet our government persists in wooing China. Why?
Although most world attention during the August Russia-Georgia crisis was on the reactions of the United States and Europe, China's response also made headlines. With China and Russia enjoying a strategic partnership, and sharing a distaste for U.S. "hegemony," Chinese support for Russia's action might have been expected.
On Monday, Beijing announced third quarter GDP growth: 9%, down from 10.1% in the second quarter and 10.6% in the first. The double-digit numbers from the earlier periods represent a slowdown from last year, when Beijing racked up an astounding 11.9% increase.
Americans will decide in November whether a Democrat or Republican will become the 44th president of the United States, and the whole world is weighing how the two political parties' platforms and presidential candidates’ persona of “change” will impact the orientation of the world’s superpower and the new world order.
A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), To Strike The Strongest Blow: Questions Remain Over Crackdown On 2009 Unrest In Urumchi, details widespread human rights violations committed by the People’s Republic of China in the wake of unrest in Urumchi on July 5, 2009.