The Hot Zone
China's newly announced air defense identification zone over the East China Sea aims to shore up national security
Current Issue
· Table of Contents
· Editor's Desk
· Previous Issues
· Subscribe to Mag
Subscribe Now >>
Expert's View
Market Watch
North American Report
Government Documents
Expat's Eye
Photo Gallery
Reader's Service
Learning with
'Beijing Review'
E-mail us
RSS Feeds
PDF Edition
Reader's Letters
Make Beijing Review your homepage
Hot Links

cheap eyeglasses
Market Avenue

Top Story
Top Story
UPDATED: December 27, 2011 NO. 52 DECEMBER 29, 2011
Top 10 World Events

Egyptian protesters pack Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on November 22 (XINHUA/AFP)


Turmoil in the Middle East

The Middle East experienced drastic turbulence in 2011. Demonstrations started in January in Tunisia. During the year power shifts happened in several countries in this region. Tunisia's then President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted from the country. Hosni Mubarak, former Egyptian President, is on trial. Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to hand over power. And Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by Western-backed rebel forces. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has also been facing pressures from both home and abroad.

U.S. President Barack Obama attends the Sixth East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia on November 19 (LI XUEREN)

U.S. Shifts Focus to the Asia Pacific

The United States took part in the East Asia Summit, a regional forum held annually by East Asian leaders, for the first time this year. It also hosted the APEC Summit in Hawaii in November, during which it promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement.

Meanwhile, it officially ended the war in Iraq by withdrawing almost all U.S. troops by the end of 2011, a move that could give the United States more resources to devote to the Asia-Pacific region.

Kim Jong Un (third left, front row) mourns his father Kim Jong Il's death along with other North Korean officials in Pyongyang (XINHUA/KCNA)

Leadership Transition in North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died at the age of 69 from "great mental and physical strain" on December 17 on a train during a field tour, according to North Korea's official news agency. Following Kim Jong Il's death, the North Korean authorities called on the nation to remain loyal to his son Kim Jong Un.

Flags of EU nations fly outside the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium (XINHUA/REUTERS)

European Sovereign Debt Crisis

The sovereign debt crisis that started in Greece has spread to more euro-zone countries. Leaders of four EU nations, Italy's Silvio Berlusconi, Ireland's Brian Cowen, Greece's George Papandreou and Portugal's Jose Socrates resigned during the crisis, while Spain's Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his party lost their ruling position in an election.

1   2   3   Next  

Top Story
-Protecting Ocean Rights
-Partners in Defense
-Fighting HIV+'s Stigma
-HIV: Privacy VS. Protection
-Setting the Tone
Related Stories
-All Aboard
-Uncommon Ground
-Reconnecting China With Southeast Asia
-Troubled Times
-After You
-Libya After the Tempest
Most Popular
About BEIJINGREVIEW | About beijingreview.com | Rss Feeds | Contact us | Advertising | Subscribe & Service | Make Beijing Review your homepage
Copyright Beijing Review All right reserved