China's banging of the nationalist drum over an islands row with Japan is a prelude to a much bigger historical claim.
China's territorial dispute with the Philippines highlights a resource competition and diverging views of history.
Now is the time to cast aside doubts and caution and press for the early removal of almost all sanctions on Burma, a veteran Asia observer says.
The press in the Chinese territory shows that freedom of expression can make for better governance than the authoritarian democracy in some Asian nations.
Gone are the times when the self-governing island's politics was the butt of jokes.