The image is shocking: 109 Chinese Uighurs that were arrested in Thailand after having fled China have been handed over to Peking authorities and repatriated on a special flight, their faces covered by a black fabric bag, each flanked by two members of the special forces.
This is what happened last weekend in China. [Read more]
With two years left of his presidency, Obama looks like a sitting duck. His weakened stance in American politics has led to an awkward presence at summits in the Far East.
It seems an exercise in hair-splitting, however, that Washington pursues every avenue of correct international relations with Vietnam, save one. Vietnam's foreign policy, while always attentive to China, is clearly aligned with the region, notably Asean. Its military is formidable but nothing like it was before the 1978 invasion of Cambodia and the traumatic losses of that conflict. This is the reasoning already employed by those who favour arms sales to Vietnam. It is the reasoning US President Barack Obama is likely to use in his declaration ending the ban on military sales.