For the first time since the outbreak of the Occupy Central movement last month, Premier Li Keqiang has offered some clues on how Beijing wants to see the pro-democracy protests brought to an end, signaling Beijing's reluctance to directly get involved in Hong Kong's worst political crisis in decades.
The federal government shutdown debacle finally ended, but its effects live on. In this case, continuing to effect America's Asia-Pacific pivot, our big geopolitical shift from fateful over-engagement with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to heightened engagement with the rising Asia-Pacific.
The top decision-making body in the Chinese Communist Party, the politburo standing committee, is set to see an infusion of new blood. The process is shrouded in mystery, a frustrating state of affairs for investors and other observers because the direction of change in China will be underpinned by the result.