An aide to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met a senior North Korean party official in Pyongyang, raising the possibility of an easing in regional tensions after months of threats from the totalitarian state.
Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party for the first time chose a U.S.-educated government official to join its highest decision-making body, tapping a face familiar to Western investors as it seeks to revive the economy.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s election win without the bulk of ethnic Chinese voters is set to pose the biggest test yet for the pro-Malay affirmative action policies instituted by his father more than three decades ago.
To an outside observer, the behavior of the North Korean leadership often appears short- sighted and irrational. There seems to be a tested and easy way out of their predicament -- the path of Chinese-style economic reforms. While such gradual capitalist reforms might be good for the country, however, they would be far too dangerous for the current North Korean elite. As a consequence, they’re unlikely to be implemented anytime soon.
Kim Jong Un called nuclear weapons development one of North Korea’s top priorities as his country ratcheted up tensions by declaring a state of war with South Korea and reiterating threats to attack the U.S.