Fourteen years ago when Aanik Rana Magar revealed her sexual orientation to be that of a female transgender, many raised their eyebrows in cynicism.

Japanese defense firms concluded a three-day arms show this week at which cutting edge, home-grown and overseas military technology was showcased to enhance and promote military ties that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hoping will help broaden access to southeast Asian markets.

Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has stressed the importance of a strong continuation of positive ties between Australia and China in a recent interview with Xinhua, noting that it is "the guarantor of Australia's future prosperity."

The city of Sydney in Australia is home to the largest Chinese New Year Festival outside of Asia, and the event is pivotal to the development of stronger cultural ties between China and Australia.