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Xi, Abe named Straits Times Asians of 2013

11 December 2013

The Straits Times, one of Southeast Asia’s largest circulated English newspapers, has named the leaders of China and Japan as the most prominent Asians of 2013. The title, instituted last year, aims to recognize a person whose work or actions have had significant impact on the region. Despite being relatively new leaders, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “have already left a mark on Asia,” The Straits Times of Singapore said in an announcement Wednesday. The paper had named Burmese President Thein Sein as Asian of the Year 2012 for leading political reforms.—AP