Politics

Thai ex-PM Abhisit re-elected as opposition party chief

By Tue, Dec 17, 2013 6:40PM UTC

Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party has re-elected former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader ahead of a crucial decision over whether to boycott upcoming elections.

Nepal extends deadline on assembly selections

By Tue, Dec 17, 2013 5:18PM UTC

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s Election Commission on Tuesday gave political parties another week to name members who would fill the remaining 335 proportional seats in the body that will be tasked with writing the country’s constitution. That delays the formation of the 601-seat Constituent Assembly. Nepal has only a

Japan new security plan focuses on island dispute

By Tue, Dec 17, 2013 1:45PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Tuesday adopted a national security strategy and revised defense plans that increase defense spending 5 percent over the next five years and call for a larger role in maintaining international stability amid China’s rise. The program for 2014-2019 includes acquisition of surveillance drones, anti-missile

Thailand: The boycott dilemma for the Democrats UPDATE Amended version of Section added

By Tue, Dec 17, 2013 1:30PM UTC

In 2006, the Democrats boycotted the snap election in Thailand. One of the problems was that because of the boycott not all seats were filled. Xinhua in April 2006: The Election Commission (EC) of Thailand announced on Monday that Sunday’s by-elections failed to fill at least 14 parliamentary seats, mostly

The heat rises in Japan

By Tue, Dec 17, 2013 11:15AM UTC

The coming Sino-Japanese War: pick a scenario, writes Asia Sentinel’s Todd Crowell China’s recent declaration creating an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over a large portion of the East China Sea, including the disputed Senkaku/Daioyu islands, has been a feast day in Japan for arm-chair strategists, would-be thriller writers, retired