Trip helps build mutual trust across Straits

HORMUZ ISLAND, IRAN - MAY 2, 2017: A foreign tourist rests on a passenger boat with the Iranian flag amass in the waters of the Strait of Hormuz on May 2, 2017 near Hormuz Island, Iran. An oil tanker is seen on the move in the background. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)

Following Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan’s mainland trip, James Soong, chairman of the People First Party (PFP), successfully concluded his own visit to the mainland, creating a new wave of enthusiasm for cross-Straits exchanges and perhaps ushering in the spring of cross-Straits relations. Soong’s trip has further boosted the mutual understanding of people on both sides… Continue reading Trip helps build mutual trust across Straits

Davos: Malaysia cannot afford to absent itself again

White snow covered much of Davos, plunging the temperature at this little hilly town in eastern Switzerland drastically from minus 9 degrees Celsius to minus 20. But, even such a severe chill failed to check the enthusiasm of 2,250 politico-economic and cultural elites across the world to discuss various issues affecting our world today.  … Continue reading Davos: Malaysia cannot afford to absent itself again

Malaysia-Japan ties set to grow

MALAYSIA’S outward looking foreign and trade policies have always embraced all countries, regardless of size, power or wealth. With poorer countries, Malaysia practises a “prosper thy neighbour” policy for security and improved trade prospects. With richer countries, the purpose is mutually enriching trade and investment arrangements. In the context of Asian regionalism, this has taken… Continue reading Malaysia-Japan ties set to grow

Political flattery reaches dizzying new heights

Flattery, it seems, has become the order of the day within the highest corridors of power. When in doubt, praise, flatter, curry favour, back-scratch and/or ingratiate. You can’t go wrong. And your success is guaranteed as well, and instantly, too. If any proof is needed, just re-read this news item that appeared over the Songkran… Continue reading Political flattery reaches dizzying new heights

Stop rewinding, it’s time to press forward

Japan’s ambassador to China, Mr Koreshige Anami, said last Wednesday that Beijing opposed Tokyo’s bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, and that even if Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi stopped visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, China would still not reverse its stance and support Japan.   I posed this question to someone… Continue reading Stop rewinding, it’s time to press forward

Nuke trail traced to M’sia, Pakistan, Libya

Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department has found that a 3-D measuring tool, which was illegally exported by Mitutoyo Corp and discovered in Libya, was first sold to a Malaysian firm with close ties to a Pakistani scientist suspected of establishing an international black market for nuclear materials. The Kawasaki-based precision toolmaker is being investigated on suspicion… Continue reading Nuke trail traced to M’sia, Pakistan, Libya