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South Korean President Park Geun-hye has faced the biggest-ever public protest in the country against her alleged involvement in the Choi Soon-sil scandal. The crisis, now popularly known as “Choigate” is all about the President’s relationship with Choi, a close family friend of 40 years now.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has faced the biggest-ever public protest in the country against her alleged involvement in the Choi Soon-sil scandal. The crisis, now popularly known as “Choigate” is all about the President’s relationship with Choi, a close family friend of 40 years now.

 

India and Indonesia—two major powers in the Indo-Pacific—are now joining hands with a strategic vision to back their bilateral ties. For far too long, these two powers have largely ignored each other even as their strategic interests have been converging rapidly.

India and Indonesia—two major powers in the Indo-Pacific—are now joining hands with a strategic vision to back their bilateral ties. For far too long, these two powers have largely ignored each other even as their strategic interests have been converging rapidly.

 

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is known, began his official two-day visit to Delhi yesterday. Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Jokowi met on the sidelines of the 9th East Asia Summit in Myanmar in 2014, this is the first time in the two years that they have been in power that they will meet substantively. This in itself reflects a lack of priority attached to the India-Indonesia relationship so far.

 

Park Geun-hye’s impeachment Friday formalizes Seoul’s state of political disarray. Next comes the President’s trial before the Constitutional Court on corruption charges, which could take six months. She offered to resign in April to avoid impeachment but now seems determined to fight on for the 14 months left in her term, so this U.S. ally in a dangerous corner of the world faces an extended challenge to its democratic institutions.

 

Diplomacy can be quirky when not decidedly cold. Donald Trump has caused a flutter in the international roost weeks before his inaugural as the President of the United States of America. He himself has been left wondering how the  "US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment, but I should not accept a congratulatory call."

 

US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia, such as it was, is an endangered species in the Trump era. Looking back, was it in essence more rhetoric than a policy to be implemented? Leaders of South-east Asia, East Asia and further afield are asking themselves this question.a

 
Saying it with slogans Protesters call for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in central Seoul, South Korea. The sign reads “Step down Park Geun-hye immediately”.  
 

India is today an important power in Asia, which is not just a great continent but a great power continent now. Asia is home today to some of the world’s leading and fastest-growing economies.

 

The bold action of Mongolia in receiving the Dalai Lama is bound to become a trend-setter in the coming days, with more countries emboldened to encourage visits by the Dalai Lama, contends N.S. Venkataraman writing for South Asia Monitor.

 
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has apparently decided to hold an urgent meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in New York, on his way to the Asia Pacific Economic summit in Peru.   
 


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