Largely unhindered filibustering results in notably more harm than good being visited on any serious legislative process. Full freedoms to filibuster will lead to regular abuses of process at the expense of making timely progress on significant, legislative proposals.
Through re-examining survey data on political identities in Hong Kong since 1997, we refute the widespread assumption that national and local identities are in a zero-sum relationship and argues for a measurement of identities different from the standard approach.
At the end of 2017 and the start of 2018, public opinion surveys in Taiwan showed a decline in Taiwanese nationalism. The percentage of people who identify as Taiwanese-only went down, while that of dual-identity (of both Taiwanese and Chinese) went up.
On January 27-28, 2018, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited Beijing to improve bilateral relations between the two countries. The Chinese side reciprocated and publicly announced its intention to improve relations with Japan.
On January 5, 2018, at Jiji Press’ New Year Party, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he wants to make this a year that people recognize that the Japan-China relationship improves significantly.
The cross-strait relations trio since Tsai Ing-wen took office shows increasing political confrontation on one hand, and steady economic and improving social relations on the other. The three relations have developed into separate “melodies” following different dynamics.
The January 6, 2018 collision between the Panamanian-flagged Iranian-owned tanker Sanchi and the Hong Kong-registered grain freighter CF Crystal in the East China Sea has created a potential environmental disaster. China and Japan have been slow to respond.
Taiwan’s pro-independence activists undermine the importance of material factors and place an overemphasis on the fact that Taiwan is a democracy when they conclude that Taiwan deserves self-autonomous rights to determine its own fate and it will surely be welcomed by the world.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs the cooperation of Keidanren for persuading Japan’s large MNCs to raise their wages to stimulate consumer spending. These are all necessary ingredients for Abenomics to work and run its full course.
It appears that the US and China are at odds about resolving the North Korean nuclear weapons and missile threat problem. This is especially so since President Trump accused China of breaking UN sanctions by shipping oil to North Korea. China denies the charge.