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.
The proposal reflects China's continuous efforts to build a new security concept that takes into consideration the changing realities of the world's political, economic and security landscapes.
Now that the war against the world's deadliest terrorist group has come to a critical moment, the different forces in Iraq should concentrate on their anti-terror efforts while at the same time thinking about the future of their country.
Since his inauguration in July, Duterte has made remarks which suggest he is unwilling for the Philippines to continue doing Washington's bidding.
That the Philippines has finally seen through the US' hidden agenda in the South China Sea and is making efforts to mend fences with China is ready proof of this.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former prime minister of Denmark and former secretary-general of NATO, contributed an article in The Wall Street Journal last week saying the United States should play the role of the world's policeman.
In my previous blog entry, Native Teachers Wanted... What do you mean?, I was trying to explain how unclear it is when school administrators, educators, recruiters and so-called teachers' agents use the phrase on thousands of job ads online.
The year 2016 marks my second time saying farewell to full-time motherhood and back to "normal".