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vital to Asia-Pacific
- The Straits Times, 12 July
2000. Rear Admiral Huang Jiang said the role of
China's armed forces would be in line with China's
pursuit of independence and peace in its foreign policy
and national defence policy.
- India emerging key player in Asia-Pacific
- By Amit Baruah, The Hindu,
23 July 2001. Slowly, but surely, India is being counted
in the geo-politics of the region as an emerging
power. The May 1998 nuclear tests focussed on New Delhi as
never before. For some time, the focus of the Association
of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) remained on
criticising India for its actions, but gradually all that
began to change.
- North Korea—and US—under fire
from Asia Pacific lawmakers
- AFP, 13 January 2003. Both North Korea and the United
States came under fire for endangering world peace at a
conference of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF)
representing 24 Asia-Pacific countries. A US-led attack on
Iraq would inflame Muslim anger and increase the number of
recruits to international terrorism.
- State of world not reassuring
- Speech by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad,
The Straits Times, 14 January
2003. It is still a world of might is right, for legal
independence and recognized borders does not necessarily
imply true independence in a globalised world, a world
without borders. In East Asia, a few have progressed but
attacks on their currencies have pushed back their
economies by almost two decades. We are told the way to
develop is to embrace globalisation and a borderless
world, to deregulate, to do away with protectionism, to be
democratic and to be liberal.