As part of the so-called 'new type of major-country relations,' there has been a proliferation of official dialogues between the United States and China.
On February 28, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released India’s 2015–2016 Union Budget and delivered the annual Budget Speech, laying out the government’s thinking on economic reforms. The budget’s significance as a tool of economic reform has steadily declined over the last couple of decades.
The Korea Chair team takes a biweekly look back at events of interest in Washington, Seoul, and the region from February 12 - February 25, 2015.
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The complicated question of Taiwan’s sovereignty has led to its exclusion from virtually all international security organizations. This marginalization has left a critical hole not only in the security of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens, but also the world at large.
New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, on February 24 made the long-awaited announcement that his government will join the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). New Zealand will deploy 143 soldiers, alongside hundreds of Australian troops, to Iraq on a noncombat mission to train the Iraqi army. The combined force is expected to head to Iraq in May.
US-Thai relations have been frosty since the May 22, 2014 ousting of the Yingluck Shinawatra government and that chill deepened after the January visit of Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel.
Earlier this month in Istanbul, Turkey hosted the first major event of the G20 year, the annual kick-off meeting of finance ministers.
The Xi Jinping government knows well the dangers of corruption: it considers this “social pollutant” an existential threat to the Chinese Communist Party.
Shortly after Thailand’s military took power in a coup last May and proclaimed the ruling junta the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) its leader, then general, now prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha said he wanted to “reform the political structure, economy, and society.” Gen.