Chinese President Xi Jinping was widely expected to minimise troubles in China’s foreign relations, leave the economy to the prime minister and focus on consolidating power in his first year, following in the footsteps of newly installed Chinese leaders.
Seldom does anyone get a second shot at becoming prime minister, especially after failing miserably the first time.
IN AN ambitious new road map for reforms in the next decade, the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) pledged to implement wide-ranging economic and social reforms, which would see a relaxation of the country's one-child policy and allow market forces to play a bigger role in the economy.
THE worldwide interest in the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee, which will set the guidelines for the country's development, has been intense, and with much speculation about the outcome.
FOREIGN commentators and local bloggers regularly predict that China is heading for an economic and political crisis. But the country's leaders are in a strikingly confident mood.
Japan's Cabinet is set to endorse a Bill today aimed at setting up special zones where red tape will be loosened to promote business activities.
EARLY this month, leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) members gathered in Indonesia's resort island of Bali to talk about integration of their economies.
WITH consumer spending expected to fall after Japan's sales tax goes up next April, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is putting a five trillion yen (S$63.4billion) stimulus package in place and also removing a surcharge on corporate taxes to encourage companies to boost wages.
CHINA'S top leader Xi Jinping, declaring ties with Singapore to be "in excellent shape", proposed three new ways to take bilateral relations to a new high at his meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
ON JULY 21, a sunny Sunday, Japanese citizens went to local schools and municipal offices to elect half of 242 members of the House of Councillors, Japan’s Upper House.
JAPAN'S ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is back in the driver's seat after scoring a convincing victory in Upper House elections that gave it full control of both Houses of Parliament for the first time in six years.
IF THERE is one word that characterises Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's first six months in office, it is Abenomics.
HAVING chalked up 9.9 per cent growth a year for over three decades, China's economy is showing clear signs of slowing down.
ASEAN and Japan are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their partnership this year.
Mr Shinzo Abe, making his second trip to Washington as Japan's Prime Minister, declared not only that he's back and that Japan is back but also that he would not let his country's status slip.
THE "China Dream" is a phrase that has appeared in plays and books, but it recently got an airing at the topmost echelon of power when new Communist Party chief Xi Jinping used it to rally the nation.
BEIJING - China's new leader, Mr Xi Jinping, is said to be planning to send a strong signal of his commitment to reform by making Shenzhen the first stop of a tour to southern Guangdong province that reportedly began yesterday.
TOKYO - Former prime minister Shinzo Abe is now guaranteed a second shot at the premiership, following his upset victory in the presidential election of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).