Chinese President Xi Jinping said: “Lagging behind on the military front is lethal to the security of the country. I have read a lot on China’s modern history, and it gives me great pain whenever I come across a time when we dropped back (in military building) and fell victim to invasions”.
Both are daughters of former heads of state, and their political pedigrees befitted their status in history. The conspicuous resemblance of South Korea’s Park Geun-hye (2013-2017) and the Philippines’ Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2009) is eerily apparent.
Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad visited Beijing from August 17-21, 2018, with the aim of seeking understanding from his Chinese hosts that his government needs to re-adjust Malaysia’s financial situation.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tweets indicate the possible opportunities in the bilateral India-Pakistan relationship. The relationship has many dimensions, the first of which is the situation in Afghanistan and the likely role of the US.
In the first address after his triumph, Pakistani Prime Minister designate Imran Khan emphasized the need for robust ties between Pakistan and its neighbors, in particular the possible role which Pakistan could play in a reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
On May 20, 2018, Tsai Ing-wen celebrated her two-year anniversary as President of Taiwan. Polls by political organizations and media agencies found greater public dissatisfaction with Tsai since she took office in 2016.
On March 16, 2018, the Philippines began the process of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The decision ultimately discredits the Philippines’ democratic credentials that are supposedly grounded on the ideals of human rights.