China’s Communist leader Xi Jinping, already emerging more powerful than his predecessor, has fresh impetus to tighten his hold on domestic security after an outcry over a knife attack on civilians three days ago.
Paintings by Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat boosted a 87.9 million-pound ($146 million) Sotheby’s auction as wealthy collectors from 40 countries competed for established and emerging art trophies.
Indonesia is growing at 6 percent, has rejoined the ranks of investment-grade nations, and after decades under the corrupt and repressive Suharto, has reaffirmed its place as the world’s third-largest democracy. Yet somehow enough Indonesians remember the Suharto years fondly that his Golkar Party has hopes of regaining power in upcoming elections.
China and Taiwan officials set a date for talks next month, the United Daily News reported today, paving the way for the first official government-to-government meetings since a civil war six decades ago.
Less than two decades after China fired missiles into the sea off Taiwan, the first formal meeting between the two sides’ governments may pave the way for discussion of political ties after 65 years of division.