23 September 2014

Climate Change Protests, Haze And Formula One

Street protests calling for urgent action on climate change attracted hundreds of thousands of people in more than 2,000 locations worldwide on Sunday (21 September 2014).

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, who was present at the protest in Manhattan, said, "This is the planet where our subsequent generations will live. There is no Plan B because we do not have planet B."

18 September 2014

Territorial Disputes — Dignity Or Economics

At the official opening ceremony of the China-ASEAN Expo in China, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reportedly said that disputes and occasional friction between China and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries should not eclipse the benefits that come from having good relations and economic cooperation between the superpower and the regional bloc (PM: Don't Let Rows Overshadow Good ASEAN-China Ties TODAY 17 Sep 2014).

Trade between ASEAN and China has grown. Economic growth created jobs, raised workers’ incomes and improved standards of living in Asia.

Mr Lee said, "I hope we can keep the momentum on regional integration up, even as we manage friction and issues that arise from time to time. We should keep difficult problems in perspective and not let disputes overshadow the positives of ASEAN-China cooperation."

That's easy for Mr Lee to say.