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Stephen Colbert Fills Us In on All Things China

Tuesday’s Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger segment of “The Colbert Report” was an “All-China” edition, though somehow Kim Jong Un got in to the mix. From China’s pernicious smog levels to its recent landing on the moon, the faux-conservative pundit gives us the rundown on some current events in Asia.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Dec 10, 2013 ENLARGE


Pandas Once Again Crucial in U.S.-China Relations

Proving again that being a first lady of a P5+1 nation is a heady role indeed, with all the outfit-matching and advanced-degree-downplaying and whatnot, two top spouses from a pair of uneasy superpower bedfellow countries just took up a diplomatic tradition inaugurated by Pat Nixon.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


East China Sea Tensions









Posted on Nov 30, 2013 ENLARGE



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Playing Chicken in the East China Sea

Just days after the U.S, Japan and South Korea flew through China’s freshly declared air defense zone over the contested Senkaku Islands and an untapped natural gas field, China deployed fighter jets and an early warning aircraft to the region.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



McDonald’s Heartless Advice to Its Low-Wage Workers

As many of the fast food chain’s employees struggle to feed their families, the company suggests they “break food into pieces” to feel full; Israel and Saudi Arabia join forces against Iran; meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is funding a $2.6 million mesh network surveillance grid that has its eye on us all. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 8: China Is ‘Unsure Progress Is Possible’

Concern over financial promises made by developed countries has prompted the leader of China’s negotiators at the Warsaw climate talks to question whether progress there is possible.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Liberalism in Crisis? China in Transition

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the president’s announcement that he would temporarily allow health insurance companies to renew some plans, China’s decision to relax its one-child policy and end labor camps, and the Republican bill to extend health plans.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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China to End ‘Re-Education’ Camps, Relax One-Child Rule

Wrapped up inside planned economic reforms, the Chinese government said it will change two signature policies that have stood as significant intrusions of the state into people’s private lives and drawn condemnations from world human rights organizations.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The Most Powerful Person in the World Is…

Forbes has ranked a list of political, religious and business leaders in order of their, uh, power, and guess what? Barack Obama, commander in chief of the largest military force in the history of the world, is only in second place.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



Chinese Doctors Violently Attacked Over Medical Costs

China’s government is trying to enhance security in hospitals to protect health care providers from patients’ furious relatives; Obama seems completely indifferent to outrage over the NSA leaks; meanwhile, Wikipedia’s volunteer workforce is dwindling. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE



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China May Own U.K.’s Nuclear Stations

Electricity prices in the United Kingdom are expected to double as a consequence of the British decision to allow Chinese companies to own 100 percent of new British nuclear power stations.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



Tony Blair’s Selfie: An Emblem of the Iraq War

A doctored photo of Britain’s former prime minister posing in front of exploding bombs may play a large role in how the Iraq War is recalled; beginning in January, millions of uninsured Americans will receive health coverage under Medicaid; meanwhile, the climate threat we should all be worried about is water scarcity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



China’s Online Monitors Outnumber Its Soldiers

There are 2 million people surveilling Internet usage in China, half a million more than are safeguarding the country in its army; memory’s fallibility is a good thing, according to some neuroscientists; meanwhile, the Fukushima disaster is enough evidence that all nuclear plants should be shut down. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The End of Chocolate

Industry experts predict we have seven years of affordable, quality chocolate left. And guess what? It’s capitalism’s fault.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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How to Grow a Nose (Video)

Money may not grow on trees, but in China noses can be grown on foreheads.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Hacking of U.S. Exposes China’s Plan to Manufacture Drones

Hackers in Shanghai spent the last two years pursuing plans for the technology behind the United States’ most advanced military drones, targeting at least 20 foreign defense contractors in all.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 12, 2013 ENLARGE



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Apple Announces Two New iPhones

If you want a new iPhone, you have more options than ever, from gold to green, with or without a fingerprint scanner, and from $0 to $400 on contract.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Incredibly, Global Happiness Is on the Rise

Despite the economic crisis, people’s contentment is increasing in more countries than where it’s falling. The United Nations’ 2013 World Happiness Report provides evidence that the past five years have seen a marked improvement in international well-being, but not all nations are as merry as others.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 26, 2013 ENLARGE



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Wikipedia Editor Forbidden From Leaving China for 3 Years

“I will not get out,” Huang Zhisong said in a radio interview last week regarding China’s recent decision to keep him from traveling outside of the country until 2016. The editor of the Chinese version of the free online encyclopedia was given no explanation for his grounding except that he “should know the reason.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE


China’s One-Child Policy and Pension Issues









Posted on Aug 18, 2013 ENLARGE



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The News on China

People are fascinated by China, but there’s something being lost in all the hubbub—what everyday life is like there.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Cargo Ship Sails for Arctic Shortcut

A Chinese cargo ship is attempting one of the first-ever commercial trips through the Northeast Passage above Russia, a route opened up by global warming.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NSA Reform and Bezos Buys the Post

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s suggested changes to the National Security Agency surveillance policy. With four major categories of reform, he attempts to ease skepticism with an “amend it, don’t end it” approach. How did it go over?

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Apple Investigates Fresh Claims of Worker Abuse in China

Outsourcing has allowed Apple to sometimes rank as the most profitable company in the world, but factories in China continue to drive criticism.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



iKnife: The Surgical Tool That Detects Cancer

A new device takes seconds to find tumors during an operation; Attorney General Eric Holder gives a speech that questions vigilantism in the wake of the Zimmerman trial and rebukes U.S. drone policy in the process; meanwhile, most Americans believe political parties are corrupt. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Chinese Dissidents Face Jail for Dinner Party Photo

Three Chinese activists agitating for officials to make public the value of their wealth and assets will be put on trial in a “co-ordinated crackdown” that makes the limitations of an “anti-corruption push by the new government” plain, according to a Reuters report in The Guardian.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Snowden Says He Gave No Secrets to China or Russia

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden tells Glenn Greenwald that he did not reveal classified information to China or Russia, his recent hosts, or that, as was reported by The New York Times based on the speculation of anonymous sources, his laptops were “drained.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Chimerica Dream

With a set of cyber-campaigns—from cyber-enabled economic theft and espionage to the possibility of future state-sanctioned cyber-attacks—evolving in the shadows, it’s hard to spin the sunny “new type of great power relationship” President Xi suggested for the U.S. and China at the recent summit.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Rich Chinese Export Pollution to Poorer Regions

A scheme to reduce emissions from polluting factories in China’s richer provinces has seen mucky plants moved to less prosperous places with fewer rules.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 9, 2013 ENLARGE


China Acquiring Smithfield Foods









Posted on Jun 5, 2013 ENLARGE



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China Benefits From Bush’s Folly

What the Chinese have demonstrated is that in the modern world, to the conquerors do not go the spoils.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Deadly Antiviral Resistant Flu Appears in China

Chinese researchers reported the first ever clinically documented case of resistance to the antiviral medication Tamiflu in patients infected with the H7N9 bird flu.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



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America’s Misguided Pivot to Asia

China certainly is no military threat to the continental United States, or to its security, economy or major national interests.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE


Ai Weiwei’s New Music Video Is Not About Profanity

The dramatic recreation of the rebel artist’s 81 days in detention at the hands of the Chinese government is about how an authoritarian state maintains tenuous control over the thoughts and behavior of its citizens.

Posted on May 25, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



How the 1 Percent Does Disney World

Some wealthy families are renting handicapped scooters to skip lines at the famous theme park; the newest way to stalk someone is apparently to use a drone; meanwhile, the SATs were canceled in all of South Korea due to allegations of widespread cheating. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE


Avian Flu in China









Posted on May 7, 2013 ENLARGE


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Posted on Apr 7, 2013 ENLARGE



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New Bird Flu Jumps to Humans, Kills 6 in China

Chinese officials have closed poultry markets and ordered a mass slaughter of birds in Shanghai amid an outbreak of a type of avian flu that has not been seen in humans.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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North Korea Intends to Bring Nuclear Complex Back Online

The country on Tuesday announced plans to restart its main atomic complex in order to ease electricity problems and strengthen its ability to develop nuclear weapons. The news will no doubt increase tensions in the region.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Asia Cuts Carbon Faster Than Europe

East Asian countries are showing the most progress in reducing the carbon intensity of their economies, leaving their competitors in Europe and the U.S. in their dust.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Mercury Rising in the Pacific

What is the gravest long-term security threat to the part of the world that includes China, North Korea and Japan, according to America’s top military officer there?

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Fast Boat to China?

In less than 50 years from now, the north-west passage through the Arctic should be open to suitable vessels for a short time every other year, scientists have calculated.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 28, 2013 ENLARGE


China Looking Over My Shoulder









Posted on Feb 25, 2013 ENLARGE


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Posted on Feb 22, 2013 ENLARGE


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Posted on Feb 21, 2013 ENLARGE


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