Economic, demographic issues could dent CPC’s legitimacy

BEIJING – China’s next batch of political elites will need to focus on revving up the country’s flagging economy to maintain the high level of public trust the ruling party currently enjoys. Boosting the country’s plummeting fertility rate is another daunting mission they must accomplish during their term to better ensure social stability, analysts said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remarkable rise to power

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping will, by all indications, assume a third term in power when delegates gather in Beijing later in October for the Communist Party congress. In the 10 years since he became China’s paramount leader, the 69-year-old has consolidated his grip on power, eliminating political rivals through his anti-graft campaign, and […]

Prayut to continue as Thai Prime Minister after court rules on tenure limit

BANGKOK – Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will remain in his post after the country’s top court ruled on Friday that he has not exceeded the eight-year term limit. The Constitutional Court ruled that his term started in 2017, after the current Constitution replaced the post-coup provisional charter.  The former junta chief had been suspended […]

Umno leaders meet on Friday to discuss timing of Malaysia’s general election

KUALA LUMPUR – Umno leaders are meeting on Friday at the party headquarters to discuss the timing of Malaysia’s general election. The party’s top five leaders are meeting at its World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur HQ, just before Umno’s monthly supreme council meeting at 8pm on Friday evening. Although Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has […]

Taiwan says US-led Chip 4 group discussed supply chain resilience

TAIPEI – The United States convened a preliminary meeting of a working group with East Asian countries to discuss semiconductor supply chain resilience and cooperation, a Taiwan official said on Friday. “We exchanged views at a first preliminary meeting, and hope everyone can discuss how to collaborate in the future on supply chain problems like […]