When the White House created a petitioning website in 2011, it surely didn’t count on Barack Obama being asked to invade China, rule on the flavour of tofu and investigate a two-decade old Chinese poisoning case.
But that is exactly what has happened over the past week as Chinese people, motivated variously by a sense of justice, powerlessness or just plain humour, have flooded the White House “We the People” website. Continue reading »
The picture tells the story: US President Barack Obama kisses Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his brief visit to Yangon on Monday.
Of course, he didn’t go on to hug president Thein Sein, the former general who two years ago ended Suu Kyi’s house arrest and is now cautiously liberalising Myanmar. Continue reading »
President Obama’s return to the White House has gone down well among investors in emerging markets.
The incumbent’s clear victory is welcome in a world where there is already more than enough uncertainty. The worst result – an indecisive vote – has been avoided.
But that still leaves the new-old president with formidable economic difficulties, that weight heavily on the rest of the globe. In Asia, equities, currencies and bonds all generally traded higher with the dollar-denominated MSCI Asia-Pacifix ex-Japan index up 0.9 per cent at around 16.00 Hong Kong time. Continue reading »