Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was more political during her year-end news conference on Saturday, addressing the growing tensions with China that were strained further when Trump broke protocol and took her call after his election victory.
Tsai said she doesn't want her small, self-ruled nation, which China considers its territory and fears could be seeking full independence, to be enmeshed in conflict.
"As long as we can be calm, rational and maintain a flexible attitude, I believe we should be able to find a solution that allows both sides to maintain peaceful and stable relations," she said.
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn called for unity in his first New Year address since taking over from his late father, who was widely seen as a unifying force during decades of turbulence. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the world's longest-reigning monarch, died on Oct. 13.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile, defended his recent decision to withdraw large denomination bills, a move that caused disruption and anger throughout India, which has the world's sixth-largest economy. In his New Year's address, Modi also announced incentives to help Indians suffering the most, including the poor, farmers, women and small businesses.