In an April 27 interview, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made plain that a denuclearised Korean Peninsula was the Trump administration’s only goal. Tillerson also clarified that Trump isn’t interested in human rights, nor the anguished yearning of millions of Koreans for a reunified peninsula.
We have entered a time of unprecedented change in the world. Countries and international organisations are looking to the world stage and re-examining the role they want to play in its future. In the face of such a situation, a question arises: If globalisation defined the 20th century, what will define the 21st?
On May 9, the Korean people will elect a new president. His or her most urgent task will be to take the initiative, especially in inter-Korean relations at this eleventh hour. For this initiative, China’s input is vital; it should take drastic measures in dealing with North Korea. It should be in the same boat as South Korea and the United States.
In December last year two UN agencies – UNDP and Unesco – organised a gathering in Bangkok called “Case 4 Space” where young activist communicators from Asia were brought together and largely addressed by westerners on how to demand space for their voices to be heard.
Being in London when UK Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered Article 50 in filing for divorce from the European Union was bitter-sweet. The mood was one of determination – Great Britain has decided to leave, and there is no looking back.