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Boycott of Myanmar's poll an option: Suu Kyi

Apr 5, 2015

Boycott of Myanmar's poll an option: Suu Kyi

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said boycotting an upcoming historic election is an “option” if a military-drafted constitution that bars her from becoming president remains unchanged. In an interview Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate said that her opposition National League for ...

U.S. leads criticism of Thai junta martial law replacement

Apr 2, 2015

U.S. leads criticism of Thai junta martial law replacement

The Thai junta’s decision to lift martial law was denounced by critics Thursday as cosmetic, with key ally Washington warning that replacement emergency security measures would do little to loosen the military’s grip on power. In an announcement late Wednesday, Thailand’s generals officially lifted ...

Mar 28, 2015

China's Xi preaches peace in keynote address

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Saturday that turmoil at home or abroad were not in the country’s interests as its bitter past has shown, pledging that Beijing will never stray from its proclaimed path of peaceful development. Xi has jangled regional nerves with a ...

Singapore's Lee seen as an inspiration for modern China

Mar 23, 2015

Singapore's Lee seen as an inspiration for modern China

Chinese leaders admired modern Singapore’s founder Lee Kuan Yew for his toughness, economic pragmatism and insistence on respect for authority. In many ways, Lee’s model of “Asian values,” combining authoritarianism and economic planning, became China’s own blueprint for modernity. Most significantly, late Chinese leader ...