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Shanghai Communist Party Boss Met with Protest in Taipei

Shanghai Communist Party Boss Met with Protest in Taipei

Faced with the seemingly impossible task of “winning hearts and minds” in Taiwan, mainland leaders continue to live in a world of make-believe.

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Legacies of General MacArthur’s ‘Peace Constitution’ still Matter in East Asia

Legacies of General MacArthur’s ‘Peace Constitution’ still Matter in East Asia

Post-war Japan’s constitution was an avant-garde collage of high-edge liberal democratic universal norms that revolutionized an outmoded governance system.

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China Tragically Out of Touch with Taiwan and Hong Kong

China Tragically Out of Touch with Taiwan and Hong Kong

China’s relations with Taiwan and Hong Kong seem to grow worse by the day, and for this it is hard to blame anyone but mainland China.

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Tsai Administration Faces New Tensions With Beijing

Tsai Administration Faces New Tensions With Beijing

Tensions between Taipei and Beijing have risen again: China announced the decision to suspend official communications in response to Taiwan’s decision not to embrace the “One-China policy.”

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Beijing Frets Over Hong Kong Independence Movement

Beijing Frets Over Hong Kong Independence Movement

Nearly two decades later, many in Hong Kong are calling for the territory to become an independent city-state along the lines of Singapore, which is probably what should have happened in the first place.

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10 Characteristics of Chinese Diplomacy in the Xi Jinping Era

10 Characteristics of Chinese Diplomacy in the Xi Jinping Era

Since Xi Jinping the became supreme leader of the People’s Republic of China, the country’s foreign policy has shown greater proactivity and confidence, with more emphasis being placed on constructive engagement with international institutions.

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Chinese Nightmare: Education and Thought Control in Xi Jinping’s China

Chinese Nightmare: Education and Thought Control in Xi Jinping’s China

The smallest, most ordinary scrap of information can often speak volumes about the direction in which a nation is going. A case in point from China is a Fuzhou, Fujian Province public schools memo dated Feb. 29, 2016, on the subject of “moral education” and “education for the Chinese Dream.”

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“China Seeks Hegemony in East Asia”

“China Seeks Hegemony in East Asia”

In an appearance on Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command stated: “I believe China seeks hegemony in East Asia.”

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What Can Washington Do About North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions?

What Can Washington Do About North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions?

This week, military tensions and international concerns reached an unprecedented level in the Korean Peninsula after the United States deployed a B-52 bomber in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear test. 

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Beijing Calls for Tighter Control of Media and Education

Beijing Calls for Tighter Control of Media and Education

The Chinese Communist Party has issued guidelines calling for tightened control of media and education in China, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua News Agency on Dec. 24. These guidelines were issued in the name of “bolstering core socialist values …

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The China Hype is now being tested in Asia

The China Hype is now being tested in Asia

Criticizing the conventional wisdom about the inevitability of China’s global ascendancy and American strategic decline is a regular preoccupation for this page.  Indeed, a recent post took aim at the prevailing notion, subscribed to by a wide-ranging group that includes Barack Obama and Sarah Palin, that Beijing can translate its vast …

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The Chinese Abroad – Soft Power Ambassadors?

The Chinese Abroad – Soft Power Ambassadors?

This week marks the celebration of a “Golden Week” of public holidays in China, during which millions of Chinese people take vacations, many of which will be abroad.  Prior to this holiday week, which officially began on October 1, China’s National Tourism Administration publicized a 64-page guidebook on their website, …

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China moves on Disputed Territory

China moves on Disputed Territory

Some readers may be familiar with the term “expropriation,” a political risk which the Multilateral Insurance Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a World Bank affiliated insurer, defines as “an action whereby a government seizes property of assets of the foreign investor without full compensation to the investor…also referred to as ‘ownership risk’ …

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Stoking Nationalism or Teaching the Consequences of War?

Stoking Nationalism or Teaching the Consequences of War?

As territorial disputes have continued to escalate between the Chinese and Japanese over the Diaoyu/Senkaku island chain, Chinese tourists are arriving at The Eighth Route Army Culture Park in Wuxiang county, a war theme park where visitors can dress up at Chinese or Japanese troops and then shoot at each …

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Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012)

Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012)


What could be worse than living in a North Korean labor camp? Apparently, not much.
This documentary centers mainly on Shin Dong-Huyk, an inmate who escaped Camp 14 and who now lives in South Korea.
The tale he tells is horrific: beatings, torture, hard labor and near starvation are all the …

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