Last year, after participating in a Beijing conference on the crisis of capitalism and the future of world socialism, I took the bullet train to Nanjing, 620 miles away.
Austerity is the key issue facing Cypriot voters as they head to the polls for the second round of the presidential elections.
At least 51 percent of candidates of Correa's Alianza Pais political party gained National Assembly seats. Never before in Ecuadorian history has a single party held a legislative majority.
Things are a little rocky in Europe these days.
As is widely known, the present financial crisis, a crisis of the system itself, has hit parts of Europe particularly hard.