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Year of the Dog: One last look at Asia’s ‘best’ to ‘worst’

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Thu, February 15 2018   /  01:33 am

All eyes might be on the spectacle of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, but what else has happened in the region away from the global spotlight?

With more than a billion people across the Asia-Pacific region welcoming in the Year of the Dog, we take one last look at what made headlines and lit up social media in Asia in the lunar year that was.  

This year’s selection draws from the concept of yin and yang — the Chinese philosophy of seemingly opposite but interdependent forces — as we upend tradition and name joint “winners” of Asia’s bad to good.

In the prior year, we gave “worst year in Asia” to the “United States pivot to Asia” as presidential candidates from Hillary Clinton to an ultimately victorious Donald Trump, made clear that Barack Obama’s’ Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would not stand. Best year went to Ph...