MILAN - Italy's rightwing, anti-immigrant League party, on Monday hailed an unprecedented result scored in general elections held on Sunday.
Cao Li, professor of English language and American Literature at Tsinghua University, said establishing unified standards of English proficiency in China will help promote communication and mutual recognition among the creators of various English tests in China and those that are better-known globally, such as IELTS and Toefl tests.
But that's just money matters. Western powers' dominance of global institutions has brought them even greater payoffs. Following the end of World War II, the United States, along with its allies, has been leading the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the pillars of the global financial system. Indeed, the post-war world order is seen by many as an age of "Pax Americana."
Japan's attitude toward its heinous World War II history has long caused tension with its two main neighbors, China and the Republic of Korea. And there has been no sign that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to ease the tension in 2014; instead it looks like he intends to inflame it further.
Fourteen percent of global executives regarded China as leading in innovation, a 4-percentage-point increase than the last survey in 2014.
On the first anniversary of his premiership on Dec 26, Abe chose to visit the Yasukuni Shrine, where 14 notorious Class-A WWII war criminals are enshrined. It was the first such visit by a sitting Japanese prime minister in seven years.
He confirmed the League's political path would remain within the center-right, dismissing any chance of a possible alliance with populist M5S to form a government.