According to the lunar calendar, the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival - and with it the Year of the Wood Dragon - began on February 10. The Chinese dragon symbol represents goodness, courage, consistency and perseverance, while wood represents growth and progress in Eastern astrology.
This is where Yuri Gagarin once set off on his historic journey from the launch pad that now bears his name. Over the decades, Baikonur has grown into a mystical name beyond itself, and although it is an old and underdeveloped spaceport, it is still not abandoned.
China launched the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, and it has become the largest and most significant investment in human history, with the potential to expand flexibly in time and space as a complex network. China's long-term plan is to restore Eurasia to its former historical, cultural, economic and commercial importance by building the New Silk Road, which will consist of railways, development of sea and land ports, highway construction, the creation and development of logistics centres and networks of economic corridors
In Thailand, the monarch, which is rather unusual among constitutional monarchies, also plays an important political role as a mediator between the various factions, especially between the military dictatorship and the pro-democracy forces. The country's citizens experienced this in the 20th century with numerous changes of government, which illustrates the cyclicality, but the trend is likely to continue in the future.
Globalisation entered a new era from 2013. Thanks to a 24/7 global economy based on new technologies, knowledge, capital, talent and technology are going the distance. However, mobility has increased not only for individuals with the advent of the internet, modern public transport and new industries, but also for nations, communities and countries.
German Romanticism has globalised—localising globally as a template of regionalist resistance. Yes, the spirit of Herder still roams the earth. Johann Gottfried von Herder (1744-1803) was the theorist of the regional and the particular; of the love for that which is one’s own, paired with a sense of shared humanity toward the other.
A national symbol is a symbol of any entity considering and manifesting itself to the world as a national community: the sovereign states but also nations and countries in a state of colonial or other dependence, federal integration, or even an ethnocultural community considered a ‘nationality’ despite having no political autonomy.
Ian Morris, the English-born archaeologist and historian and professor at Stanford University, has written fascinating books ("The Measure of Civilization", "War! What is it Good For?” or “Why the West Rules—For Now”) comparing the development of the East and the West over the last 15,000 years.