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Panda Diplomacy

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Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE



‘Tiger Trap’: 21st Century Espionage

For decades during the Cold War, the most captivating spy-vs.-spy battle was the one waged between Moscow and Washington. With the rise of China, a new player has entered the game.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ng Han Guan

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Is Sprung From Jail

It took two months and not-so-subtle protests from within and beyond the art world, but on Wednesday the Chinese government freed 54-year-old artist Ai Weiwei from prison, hinting at tax issues and not artistic dissent as the reason behind his stint in lockup.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Department of State

Huntsman Throws In for Campaign 2012

Here are some fun facts about Jon Huntsman Jr.: He’s the former governor of Utah; he’s a Mormon; he last worked as an envoy to China for President Obama; and he’s now challenging his former boss for the White House by running for president on the Republican ticket. Updated

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Revisiting the Horror of Nanking

“City of Life and Death,” by the Chinese writer-director Lu Chuan, is the second film about Nanking, and it is a work that aspires to the definitive and almost achieves that status.

Posted on Jun 18, 2011 READ MORE


China Hacking

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Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Chinese Hackers Bust Into U.S. Gmail Accounts

The Google email accounts of hundreds of American journalists and government and military officials were successfully raided as part of a spear-phishing operation conducted by Chinese hackers who tricked their targets into signing in on a decoy login page.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



Kenny Louie (CC-BY)

Hack Us and We’ll Bomb You

The Pentagon has decided to treat Internet-borne attacks on the United States as acts of war. The change is motivated in part by a brewing leet arms race with China and Russia. Essentially the U.S. is playing catch-up in what someone from the 1990s would call “cyberspace” and the military is buying time by creating, it hopes, a deterrent. (more)

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Chinese Prisoners Forced Into Gaming for Guards

Hard manual labor is one time-honored method of putting prisoners to work, but Chinese jail bosses have caught on to another lucrative way to keep inmates occupied while lining their own pockets: online gaming.

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Gustavo Thomas

China Detains Monks for Brainwashing

While China celebrates the 60-year mark of its “peaceful liberation” of Tibet, about 300 monks have been rounded up in a “patriotic re-education” campaign, which authorities hope will encourage them to renounce their devotion to the Dalai Lama, swear allegiance to China’s ruling Communist Party and stop lighting themselves on fire.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS

Trump Spares Us the Possibility of His Becoming President (Video)

After a few months of fuss, from anointing himself King Birther to calling the Chinese “motherfuckers,” Donald Trump has decided that “Celebrity Apprentice” needs him more than America does, even though “... If I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.”

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Wife Is Allowed to See Jailed Chinese Activist

According to his wife, who was granted a visit with the dissident artist for the first time in the six weeks since he was detained at an airport and accused of tax evasion, Chinese authorities seem to be looking after the physical welfare of Ai Weiwei. The news dispels earlier rumors that he was being physically tortured, though he appeared mentally distressed, his wife said.

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State Department

Dear Hillary Clinton, Our Human Rights Record Is ‘Deplorable’ Too

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells The Atlantic that China’s “deplorable human rights record” is “a fool’s errand” to “stop history.” That’s some tough talk from the global representative of a country that throws its enemies in an island gulag when it isn’t remotely executing them.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ng Han Guan

The New Sputnik

In 1957, a United States shocked by the Soviet launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite bounced into action to compete on the world stage. More than 50 years later, in May of 2011, the U.S. is facing a new challenge.

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Another Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Disappears

Prominent human rights lawyer Li Fangping went missing Friday as Chinese authorities released fellow attorney Teng Biao after a two-month detainment.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Exiled Tibetans Elect a New Leader

Tibetan exiles around the world have elected a new prime minister.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The New Corporate World Order

Of course it will be argued that multinational corporations have the right to arrange their businesses as they see fit in order to maximize profit. But if that is the case, do beleaguered American taxpayers have to foot the bill?

Posted on Apr 20, 2011 READ MORE



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China on U.S. Human Rights Scolding: Look Who’s Talking

The U.S. and China are bickering again over human rights after the U.S. condemned the arrest of Chinese dissidents. Beijing dismissed Washington’s latest criticism and said the U.S. is beset by violence, racism and torture and thus has no authority to condemn the actions of other governments. Above, Ai Weiwei, a jailed activist.

Posted on Apr 10, 2011 READ MORE


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Activist App: ‘Panic Button’ for Cellphones

A new “panic button” cellphone application is being promoted by the U.S. State Department for pro-democracy activists, especially those in the Arab world and China, that wipes out the phone’s contacts and alerts fellow activists.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE


A New Red Dawn

Wielding its increasing market leverage, China is now countering our First Amendment ethos with a push for what L.A. Times reporter Ben Fritz calls pervasive “self-censorship.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS

China Can’t Wait to Get Back to Nuclear Power

While Japan is busy trying to keep babies from drinking irradiated water, officials in nearby China are getting ready to roll out a reactor they say is more advanced and safer than the one currently poisoning Tokyo’s water supply.

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AP / Jerome Delay

Critics Question U.S. Role in Libya as Air Attacks Continue

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wasn’t thrilled with the U.N. Security Council’s go-ahead to let U.S. and European forces fire on Moammar Gadhafi’s troops in Libya, and he said so Monday. He wasn’t alone in his criticism of what began as ...

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE



Yancho Sabev (own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0

Dalai Lama to Give Up Politics

Tibet’s exiled leader announced that after half a century of floating the idea, he is ready to hand over his political power to an elected official. The 14th Dalai Lama has led his government in exile since the Tibetan uprising of 1959 was put down, forcing him to flee the country.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

China Ambassador’s American Tale

President Obama nominated Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American commerce secretary, to be the next U.S. ambassador to arguably the most important country in the world. Locke’s grandfather, who left China to work in Washington state as a servant paid in English lessons, would be proud, but then ... (more)

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Vincent Yu

China Pre-Empts ‘Jasmine’ Protest

Jittery Chinese officials, mindful of the political upheaval in Egypt and elsewhere, moved quickly on Sunday, detaining more than 100 activists after a call went out on an overseas website for a “jasmine revolution” in the world’s most populous country. 

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE



gizmodo.com

China’s Top Gun

The Chinese air force is drawing snickers after part of a video of military maneuvers broadcast on Chinese state television turned out to be not images of the country’s new stealth fighter but scenes from the American movie “Top Gun.”

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Google Denies WikiLeaks Censorship

In a BBC interview with Eric Schmidt, Google’s outgoing chief executive, Schmidt spelled out his ambitions for Google in China as well as declaring that the search giant will deny government attempts to censor WikiLeaks documents.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


Hu Presents Obama With Counterfeit DVD

In a moving White House ceremony today, President Hu Jintao of China presented U.S. President Barack Obama with a counterfeit DVD of the Hollywood blockbuster “Toy Story 3.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s All Business

The first order of business for the 112th Congress was its vote to repeal the health care law—is that good policy? Also, President Obama courts the business community and welcomes his Chinese counterpart—and the “Left, Right & Center” ...

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


Is America Too Corrupt to Keep Up?

As “Buy China” policies now economically supercharge the world’s most populous nation, the White House and congressional Republicans have opposed many of the very “Buy America” proposals that might help us keep up—and that obstruction has come at a steep price.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP via Los Angeles Times

Obama and Hu Play Up the Positive

This week’s challenge for President Obama: diplomacy in the face of possible adversity, on both the domestic and international fronts. As the House of Representatives was considering a repeal of his hard-won health care reform law on Wednesday ...

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE


You’re Welcome

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Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Chinese Workers Are Not the Enemy

American workers need jobs and access to the Chinese market, and Chinese workers need jobs and technology. Volvo provides a model of how we can make both sides happy. (more)

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE


Parenting: To Push or Not to Push

I come from a family where the “joke,” if you came home with a 97 on a math test, was to ask what happened to the other three points.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


China’s Growing Military Might and American Rashness

The U.S. can pursue one of two courses in East Asia: Either negotiate an understanding with regional powers and redeploy American troops, or continue the dangerous drift that provokes China’s insecurities.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / kevindooley (CC-BY)

Banking Regulation Team Pitches New Payment Rules

An international panel of banking regulators from 27 nations is aiming to crack down on outlandish pay packages for industry executives by proposing a new set of rules that call for more transparency and, wonder of wonders, some correlation between ...

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Park Ji-ho, Yonhap

South Korean Drills Spark War Talk From the North

North Korea was at the ready with disquieting talk about a “sacred war of justice” on Thursday after South Korea executed elaborate military exercises to demonstrate its prowess near the feuding nations’ shared border. 

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Greg Baker

Democracy: Made in China

China is experimenting with representative democracy. Cynics say “don’t hold your breath,” but they fail to consider a new generation of Chinese citizens and leaders who are developing different sensibilities than their forebears.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / The Pocket (CC-BY)

It’s Morning in China

In 1982, Richard Nixon told me he thought that by the middle of this century the world would be dominated by Asians, primarily Chinese.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


Made in China

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guardian.co.uk

Liu’s Peace Prize Goes to an Empty Chair

Liu Xiaobo’s empty chair spoke volumes at Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. The Chinese dissident is serving out an 11-year prison term in his homeland, and no family members were permitted to travel to accept his award—the first peace laureate not formally represented in 75 years.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / NikoLang (CC-BY-SA)

U.N. Study: Forecast Is Grim for Climate Change

Last year’s Copenhagen climate summit was a bit of a bust, so much is riding on next week’s global huddle in Mexico in terms of, you know, the future of our planet and other minor considerations. But a new study by UNEP ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, pool

These Tigers Brought to You by Vladimir Putin

The Russian outdoorsman-in-chief is hosting an international summit to save the tiger. In the last century, the world tiger population has dropped from 100,000 to 3,200, and continued demand for illicit tiger products threatens the survival of the species. Not on Putin’s watch.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tim Yang (CC-BY)

The Day China Diverted the Internet

For 18 minutes last April 8, as much as 15 percent of the world’s Internet traffic was rerouted through Chinese servers, according to a U.S. commission, which said the diverted data included communications from Congress and the U.S. military. ...

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


Dollar vs. China

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Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Royal Passage to Asia

Like his royal British forerunners, the president, through his advisers and their policies, brings imperial ambitions to the largest and most populous continent.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Company We Keep

Enter President Karzai. Like Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam, he has held power as a result of corrupt elections, featuring the not-so-invisible hands of his American backers. Once again, we have bet the mortgage on one leader, no matter how inept and corrupt he might be.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Shifting Balance of Power

An epoch of Western world political domination is coming to an end. This is not simply an end to imperialism (new or old), but quite possibly the beginning of a probably long decline in the West’s primacy in industry, technology and scientific innovation.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


Press Freedom in China

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Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Yutaka Tsutano (CC-BY)

More Trouble for iPhone Manufacturer

Hong Kong-based electronics manufacturer Hon Hai is hitting back at new reports that working conditions at its Foxconn plants in China, where iPhones come from and where an employee suicide spree made news in recent months, haven’t gotten better.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


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