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2011: Cooling Temperatures in the South China Sea

A U.S. Coast Guard seaman stands lookout watch in the South China Sea as two Republic of Singapore ships pass by U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon during an exercise as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) on July 14, 2010. (CARAT/Flickr)

After another year of noise and smoke in 2011, temperatures on the issue of South China Sea have cooled down considerably, writes Fudan University's Shen Dingli.

2011: Asia's Year in Photos

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. (The White House /Flickr)

From the killing of Osama bin Laden to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, 2011 was marked by Asian events that shaped the world's news.

Vishakha Desai: Female Politicians in Asia Making it on Merit

Yingluck Sinawatra may be following in the footsteps of her brother, Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but had her own career as a successful businesswoman before she became the country's first female prime minister. (Flickr/Ratchaprasong 2)

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai says that there's something different about the quality of female politicians in Asia today.

2011: Google Zeitgeist, How Asia Searched the World


The internet giant released its annual survey of popular global search terms. Find out what people and events ranked highest in China, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and more.

Photo of the Day: Philippines Flood


Two boys look at a destroyed house in Iligan City, in southern island of Mindanao, Philippines on December 19, 2011. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

2011: A Return to Roots? Lessons From This Year's US Engagement in Asia

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) applauds with Southeast Asian leaders, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (L), Philippines President Benigno Aquino (2nd L) and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (R), during a group photo session for the leaders of the East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 19, 2011 following the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

This is part of a series of year-end posts on Asia Blog written by Asia Society experts and Associate Fellows looking back on noteworthy events in 2011. You can read the entire series here.

Poll: Who is Asia's Person of the Year?

Real-life persons of the year? Rescue workers carry someone believed to be contaminated with radiation to a treatment center in Nihonmatsu city in Japan's Fukushima prefecture on Mar. 13, 2011. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)

America's Time magazine has just named "The Protester" as its 2011 Person of the Year. But who would be the most prominent Asian of 2011?

Former Philippines President Gloria Arroyo Barred from Leaving Country

Former Philippines President and congresswoman Gloria Arroyo (C) arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on Nov. 15, 2011. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

The November 15 photograph of former Philippines president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in a wheelchair and neck brace at the Manila International Airport became something of a media sensation last week as Arroyo is now appealing the government's decision to not let her fly out of the country for medical reasons.

The case, the latest in a long series of Philippines dynastic political battles, pits Arroyo against the government of President Benigno Aquino III.

Video: Philippines President Open-Minded on Gay Marriage, Unsure About Gay Adoption


Philippines President Benigno Aquino III expressed tolerance toward the prospect of legalized gay marriage in his country, saying that normally "adults should be able to do whatever you want so long as it doesn't hurt anybody else." Aquino's comments came in a question and answer session following his speech at the Asia Society in New York on Tuesday.

Video: In New York, Asian Leaders Link Economic and Social Development to Democracy


In the past, when talking about development issues, political leaders have generally referred to socio-economic development and democracy as separate issues. This week at Asia Society, however, leaders from Asian countries with very different historical backgrounds and political, social and economic systems spoke of freedom, justice, accountability and respect for human rights as being essentially linked to democracy.