All parties therefore should exercise utmost restraint, as any misstep at this stage could lead to irreversible consequences.
The United States and the Republic of Korea began their annual military exercises, codenamed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, on the Korea Peninsula earlier this month. Simultaneously, the US has resorted to war rhetoric, fueling concerns over the already volatile situation on the peninsula.
The unprecedented ruling of the Republic of Korea's constitutional court on Friday made Park Geun-hye the first president to be removed from office after impeachment.
Most of the reactions against the increase in China's military budget this year are nothing but clichés influenced by the "China threat" theory. Although some Western media outlets have mentioned in their reports that the 7 percent increase in China's military budget this year is the lowest in years, they still took a critical stand against China.
Incidents like that at the Chinese garment factory last week will only dampen this enthusiasm and do a disservice to bilateral economic cooperation.
The Republic of Korea's retail giant Lotte Group is now at the center of the political storm raging between the ROK and China over the former's decision to deploy a US missile defense system.
Abe's ambition to enhance US alliance in the Asia-Pacific region will prove to be an uphill struggle.
Overall, there are enough reasons to believe BRICS will embrace an even brighter decade, which will also be a boon to the rest of the world.
As the six non-ASEAN member countries have all signed free trade agreements with the regional bloc, the RCEP fully complies with ASEAN's vision of promoting regional integration and contributes to its blueprint of building an ASEAN Economic Community.
In fact, if history is a mirror, Trump does not need to look back more than two decades to understand the tangible risks of a head-on conflict between the two countries.
The dramatic improvement in the relationship between China and the Philippines has raised a lot of eyebrows in the West, but it is definitely in the best interests of the two neighbors as well as those of other nations in Southeast Asia.
As China and the US both have high stakes in the peaceful development of the Asia-Pacific, they ought to cooperate with, rather than confront, each other to build peace and stability in the region.
Last weekend, I was hanging out downtown with a friend and my sister. We were walking through a public spare when all of a sudden a heated argument between a student and a middle-aged woman arrested our attention.