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Taiwan and Korea were colonised by Imperial Japan for much of the first half of the 20th century. While North and South Korea still have a deep resentment towards Japan, Taiwan does not. Why the difference?
While non-violence may be central to Buddhism, there are growing accounts of human rights abuses in nations such as Myanmar and Sri Lanka, often carried out in the name of Buddhism.
Over the last 40+ years hundreds of millions of people have left the countryside to seek opportunities in China’s cities. Housing this immense influx continues to be a challenge.
The recent change of government in Australia and a less strident tone from China could be a promising turn for fractured bilateral ties. But Australia remains caught in the great power rivalry between the US and China.
Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government has sought to quell pro-democracy protests by restricting and monitoring internet use, and by ramping up enforcement of lèse-majesté laws.