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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Week of July 23, 1999

PORT MORESBY Former central banker Sir Mekere Morauta was elected prime minister after the outgoing government defected to join the opposition. Even departing PM Bill Skate, who had quit ahead of a vote of no confidence he was expected to lose, voted for Morauta. Former Speaker of the Parliament John Pundari was expected to have led the new government after striking a deal with Skate. But Pundari nominated Morauta, head of the People's Democratic Party, who won the job with a 99-5 vote. Skate's shaky government had crumbled the week before after concerns mounted about alleged bribes surrounding the country's recent diplomatic recognition of Taiwan at the expense of relations with China.

Week of July 16, 1999

NEW GUINEA FOREIGN MINISTER Roy Yaki toasted his Taipei counterpart Jason Hu after the two countries signed a communique establishing full diplomatic relations. Hu denied any money was involved in the deal, although rumors of a possible $2.5 billion loan soon surfaced. Australia, PNG's big brother and formal colonial ruler, made it clear it thinks the move is an error - the mainland, not Taiwan, is the biggest purchaser of PNG's exports. On July 7, two days after the signing, PM Bill Skate unexpectedly resigned. Facing a possible parliamentary no-confidence vote, he told reporters in Port Moresby that he made the move to restore political stability and that he was under no pressure from his cabinet.

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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