Applause interrupted the final session of China’s National People’s
Congress on 14 March as it agreed on the new anti-secession law directed
at Taiwan. This was the climax of the NPC meeting, a rubber-stamp body
of 3,000 functionaries in the ”communist” party apparatus. On this note,
The king of Nepal, Shah Gianandra, fired his hand-picked Prime Minister,
Sher Bahadur Deuba, and government cabinet, on 1 February. In dissolving
the government, the King cited its failure to hold elections and to
maintaining law and order, as the reasons for his repressive actions.
King Gyanendra’s coup in Nepal, on 1 February, is "likely to strengthen
the Maoist insurgents and make Nepal’s civil war even more intensive",
according to the International Crisis Group, a Brussels think-tank.
Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (pronounced "Chin-a-what") and his
Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party are on course for a crushing parliamentary
majority following the elections in Thailand on Sunday 6 February.