The world’s third largest economy and a stable democracy, Japan remains a significant world power; but its economy has become stagnant, and its responses to the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 and the nuclear crisis that followed have raised international concerns.
The world was watching when footage of the “tank man”—the lone Chinese citizen blocking the passage of a column of tanks during the brutal 1989 crackdown on protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square—first appeared in the media.
China’s rapid socioeconomic transformation of the past twenty years has led to dramatic changes in its judicial system and legal practices.
Westerners seem united in the belief that China has emerged as a major economic power and that this success will most likely continue indefinitely.
As Asian countries emerge as global economic powers, many undergo fundamental political transformations.