Asian Editors Circle | The Daily Star
  • Seeking happiness the Bhutanese way

    People and organisation in many countries around the world claim to have adopted Bhutan’s human development vision of Gross National Happiness (GNH).

  • Is the future truly Asian?

    This is a question that is at the heart of the tensions across the Pacific. To Parag Khanna, author of The Future Is Asian, the answer is almost self-evident. However, if you read his book carefully, you will find that he thinks global power will be shared between Asian and Western

  • New chapter emerging as East meets West again

    And so we have come to the end of the End of History.

  • Fragile wings, cloudy skies

    To the uninitiated observer, the recent announcement of India’s civil aviation regulator that domestic airlines had registered growth of 2.62 percent in the first five months of 2019 in comparison to 2018 may suggest cloudless skies.

  • Tea and wine, and the twain shall meet

    During one of his visits to Europe, President Xi Jinping referred to tea and wine as beverages symbolising the difference and compatibilities between Chinese and European cultures. Indeed, a cross-civilisation perspective better reflects the new dimension of China-Europe relations in recent years.

  • Forging community ties, one friendly gesture at a time

    Singapore is well known for its Third to First World economic transformation, its efficient, effective government, as well as for being a fine, clean and green city. The annual Shangri-La Dialogue, when defence chiefs from many countries gather on the island to thrash out the geopolitical issues

  • King Bhumibol sowed the seeds of a new economic doctrine

    If one looks too close, one can miss the big, overall picture. Too far out and important details can go unnoticed.

  • Moderation, a wilting hallmark of Malaysia

    Throughout the months of September and October, the uproar in Malaysian society in the run-up to the 14th general elections that could be called anytime now, has been energised by controversies such as one over a proposed beer...

  • separating North and South Korea

    Thinking about October 1989 in East Germany and North Korea

    Eastern Germany in October is a time to celebrate and remember the 1989 democracy movement that brought an end to the repressive East German regime.

  • The world needs empowered women more than ever

    "Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world,” former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once said. Her words ring particularly true in Asia, where stereotypes and cultural norms continue to prevent millions of women from fulfilling their real potential.

  • Rohingya crisis A concern for the region

    Rohingya crisis: A concern for the region

    Myanmar, on its part must, realise that blaming all the current atrocities on the so-called terrorists and claiming that its security forces had nothing to do with the crimes committed, in spite of unvarying accounts of thousands of refugees to the contrary, is neither credible nor helpful in solving the situation.

  • A very Singaporean dilemma in picking a president

    Singaporeans will head to the polls to pick a new president on September 23. Or maybe not.

  • ASEAN's march into the digital economy

    ASEAN was born literally out of the ashes of colonialism and the Vietnam War. It started as a security pact, but gradually evolved into an economic and financial community that is not yet a cultural common, mainly because of its celebrated diversity.

  • A question of fair play

    Around this time last year, Malaysians were on an emotional roller coaster that ranged from excitement, nervous hope, disappointment to unexpected joy. But it was all good because they were rooting for the same thing: their athletes to win Olympic and Paralympic gold.

  • Make code of conduct negotiations count

    In 1986, the then Philippine President Corazon Aquino met with China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping to discuss the South China Sea issue.

  • Bearing the burden of undefined privileges

    The sentencing of two editors to one-year jail terms in the southern Indian state of Karnataka for alleged breach of legislative privilege draws into focus the role of the press in reporting activities of lawmakers.

  • Trade is key in ASEAN-India ties

    India's Republic Day, celebrated on January 26, is the occasion that New Delhi picks to showcase itself to the world.

  • After 16 years, 9/11 Truth Movement fights on

    The plea has come against a backdrop that a lot of people, including a vast number of Americans themselves, were not aware that it was the third skyscraper which came down on that day, a few hours after the Twin Towers were completely destroyed.

  • Can the world hold Duterte to account?

    Against the illegal drugs trade in his country, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has let slip the dogs of war — and the havoc includes thousands of dead Filipinos, most of them poor.

  • New ways to deliver good journalism

    When Pope Francis met United States President Donald Trump last month at the Vatican, he urged him to be a man of peace.

  • The China Post begins a new journey

    On May 15, The China Post published its 23,621st issue, its final print edition after 65 years.

  • Revolution 4.0: Challenges to inclusive growth

    The pervasive sentiment of Asian financial leaders and economists who gathered for the ADB's 50th annual meeting in Yokohama in

  • The negative impact of fake news

    Fake news spread during the presidential election of the United States caught global attention last year. The fake news went viral and shocked the public.

  • Did the US just say 'pivot'?

    The hand-wringers of the past five months who forlornly expected that wider Asia was poised to be cashed out by an America under President Donald Trump are probably breathing a bit easier lately.

  • Myanmar's policy shifts towards major powers

    Myanmar has made substantial shifts towards its relations with major powers comprising China, Russia and the United States. They are key regional players in Southeast Asia which will impact directly on peace and stability as well as economic development in Myanmar.

  • Preserving Indonesia's diversity

    Irrespective of the result, the Jakarta gubernatorial election on April 19 will leave a bitter aftertaste that could have consequences on

  • Asia's search for cultural-intellectual rejuvenation

    If Asian economies, especially cities, do not begin the search for modernity and moderate values and beliefs in earnest, they will be overwhelmed by the forces of extremism, domestic or imported.

  • PM's crucial India visit

    Sheikh Hasina's upcoming visit to India during April 7-10 is turning out to be perhaps her most important bilateral visit to a country that surrounds Bangladesh from three sides, making it the only neighbour in all but physical sense.

  • Time to sever ties with Pyongyang

    Serves North Korea right. Its Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un wanted his half-brother dead and his lackeys decided to do the dastardly deed in Malaysia.

  • Just an ordinary journalist

    We are inheritors of a glorious legacy and bound by the rigours of a demanding craft. We are not hoodlums who threaten to rape or maim those we don't like or shout out those we disagree with. The best of us err, sometimes grievously, but have learnt that making amends can be uplifting.