South African President Cyril Ramaphosa cheers during the results announcement ceremony in Pretoria, South Africa.
Why do once mighty political parties sometimes collapse? Two reasons that have driven some into obscurity are corruption and conflicts within the party. The ANC suffers from both.
Hsieh Hsüeh-hung and her partner in life and politics Yang K'o-huang in Beijing, 1949.
At her birth in 1901 she was registered with the name 'girlie', not really a name at all. But from this assigned anonymity, Hsieh Hsüeh-hung became a courageous and tenacious revolutionary.
Presidents Xi and Trump don’t always see eye to eye.
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Despite agreeing to a ceasefire, the two sides offered differing depictions of their trade war truce that show a lasting peace may still be out of reach.
The Tanami desert in central Australia is haunted by beings called the jarnpa, which look like people but possess superhuman powers.
All monsters make their mark on the communities they haunt. Some are cheeky and mischievous, some are mysterious, others are downright evil.
At time of writing, Delta’s website offers flights to ‘Taipei,’ but includes no country name – as this screenshot of its website shows.
China is using new ways to undermine Taiwan's territorial status.
Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin greets former South African President Nelson Mandela in 2000.
Mandela did not make the decision to jettison Taiwan and recognise China. He adhered to a decision by the governing ANC.
Fighter? Taiwan’s first female president, Tsai Ing-wen.
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The measure of women's political advancement isn't the number of female leaders, but the changes they make to everyday women's lives.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire, meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, before dinner at the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China in September 2016. Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal. It's laughable for Canada to believe it can negotiate a "progressive" trade agenda with the Chinese.
Much more must be done to keep teachers in South Africa.
Policy needs to focus on making the teaching profession stable and more appealing. South Africa must ensure its locally trained teachers have more reason to stay in the country.
LGBTQ Pride in Taiwan.
Just as Taiwan legalised same sex marriage, China shut down the country's most iconic lesbian social media platform.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump will meet next month in Florida.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent trip to Asia offers some insights into how the Trump administration might deal with China.
Taiwanese premier Tsai Ing-wen converses with Donald Trump.
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The frenzied response to this year's most examined courtesy call played right into Beijing's hands.
The call with Tsai Ing-wen caused a diplomatic furore.
'Little trick' or 'petty action'? The difference matters when translating what China really said about Trump's call with Tsai Ing-wen.
Some will be hoping that Trump's phone call with Taiwan's leader was a wrong number.
Rewriting the rulebook: the DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen.
If the 2016 presidential candidates are anything to go by, Taiwan's relationship with Beijing could be in for a major defrost.
This is the final contribution to a five-part series of field notes covering the background dynamics and global significance of last Saturday’s fiercely fought ‘nine-in-one’ elections in Taiwan. The great…
Supporters celebrate after Ko Wen-je, an independent candidate, won the Taipiei mayor’s seat in local elections in which the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party suffered heavy losses across the nation.
Taiwan’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has won an unprecedented landslide victory in the country’s local elections. The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) won only one of Taiwan’s six largest “special…
News of Hong Kong’s umbrella uprising is being suppressed in China.
Are political developments in Hong Kong heading for a second Tiananmen massacre? A fortnight ago, partly to provoke discussion, partly to sound an alarm, I suggested in a radio interview that unless the…
The Amis are fighting to safeguard what remains of their own heritage.*
How do we move beyond being a cultural tourist to having some deeper level of understanding of what local festivals mean to the people involved? That question has been on my mind of late. Just before midnight…
Typhoon Soulik on 12th July 2013 as the storm approaches the coast of Taiwan.
Typhoon Soulik struck Taiwan at the beginning of the weekend, killing two people before moving on into Guangdong in southern China, where 300,000 people have already been evacuated. Classed as a category…