While humankind is generally lulled by its technological mastery and regularization of the forces of nature, natural disasters such as the one which struck Sulawesi reveal the efficacy of such technological apparatuses to be radically contingent on forces that are beyond anybody’s control.
In 2016, the Chinese government provided over RMB 33 million for the Pilot Project for Poverty Reduction Cooperation in East Asia which is based on technical and financial support from China for the specific purpose of poverty alleviation in Laos.
One under-discussed aspect of the Belt and Road Initiative is how ancient Chinese wisdom can help facilitate regional cooperation. It might be interesting to find out how ancient Chinese philosophy can better facilitate the BRI’s implementation in its culturally-diverse setting.
The “Five Principles” will be the main feature of China’s version of the new world order. According to China, they give expression to the democratic spirit in contemporary international relations and the desire of the international community.
The recent announcement that six albinos in Malawi plan to fight the violent prejudice against albinism by contesting in next year’s elections has brought renewed attention to the plight of albinos in Malawi and other African countries.
As the rising number of reported cases of abuse suffered by Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait reveals, these maids are vulnerable to all forms of maltreatment, including physical, sexual or verbal abuse, non-payment of salaries, and long working hours with no rest days.
China has often been condemned for being repressive in Xinjiang. If we look beyond the political rhetoric and propaganda, we can see that the rise of modern religious extremism in Xinjiang was an inevitable outcome of Chinese history.
New technologies can bring military applications to new heights. The X-41 Common Aero Vehicle Falcon program is a glimpse of the future. The X-41 operates like a missile that can fly at high altitude and carry nuclear and non-nuclear warheads.