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Angry Panda: Obama Meets with Dalai Lama, China Throws a Temper Tantrum

Angry Panda: Obama Meets with Dalai Lama, China Throws a Temper Tantrum


President Obama met informally with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on February 21. The meeting took place in defiance of warnings from Beijing

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Press Freedom Under Attack in Hong Kong, Journalists Protest

Press Freedom Under Attack in Hong Kong, Journalists Protest

An estimated 6000 journalists and free speech advocates marched in Hong Kong on February 23 in protest against the erosion of press freedom and free expression in the Chinese territory. Organized by the Hong Kong …

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Kerry in Beijing: Chinese Media Reactions

Kerry in Beijing: Chinese Media Reactions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Chinese leaders in Beijing on February 14 and 15 as part of a six-day Asian trip that also included visits to South Korea and Indonesia. Kerry then headed to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for talks on Middle East issues …

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China Escalates War on International Media

China Escalates War on International Media

China has escalated its war on international news media with stepped-up harassment of foreign journalists and blocking of foreign news websites. This has sparked renewed discord between the United States and China on issues of press freedom and media access but no concrete action as yet from the United States.
China’s …

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China’s FX Reserves: Eight Questions on the Macroeconomic ‘Mechanics’

China’s FX Reserves: Eight Questions on the Macroeconomic  ‘Mechanics’

In mid-January, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) announced that its foreign exchange reserves had grown by a breathtaking $157 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. That influx of reserves brought annual growth for 2013 to $508 billion (the largest calendar-year increase ever) and pushed the total amount of …

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China Imprisons Dissident Xu Zhiyong, Announces Charges Against Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti

China Imprisons Dissident Xu Zhiyong, Announces Charges Against Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti

Over the weekend of January 25-26, the Chinese government sentenced human rights activist Xu Zhiyong (许志永) to four years in prison and announced its

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China Blocks Reporting on Xu Zhiyong Trial, Offshore Wealth of China’s Elite

China Blocks Reporting on Xu Zhiyong Trial, Offshore Wealth of China’s Elite

China has been on its very worst behavior this week. As prominent human rights activist Xu Zhiyong (许志永) went on trial January 22, Chinese police

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Xi Dumps Deng for Mao

Xi Dumps Deng for Mao

Police detained this supporter of Xu Zhiyong who had gathered with other activists outside the court
Human Rights Watch accused China on Tuesday of failing to meet its people’s demands for political reform and for its pursuit of anti-corruption activists — despite its declared crackdown on graft.  The New York based …

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Soft Power, America vs. China: America Still Wins

Soft Power, America vs. China: America Still Wins

China is engaged in a soft-power war with America and the West. America may not have noticed this, but China has. While America takes its soft power around the world for granted, China struggles to win even the “hearts and minds” of its own citizens.
“Soft power” is defined by Harvard …

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A Cold Wind Blows Across Asia

A Cold Wind Blows Across Asia

Relationship managers across Asia have a potently difficult year ahead as news reports continue to highlight actions and words that are anything but conducive to cooperation and understanding between regional states. When a former British ambassador to North Korea writes an op-ed in the Daily Telegraph titled “Are …

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China Begins Trial of Dissident Xu Zhiyong Despite International Objections

China Begins Trial of Dissident Xu Zhiyong Despite International Objections

Prominent Chinese legal scholar and human rights activist Xu Zhiyong (许志永) will go on trial January 22 on charges …

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Mao Revisited

Mao Revisited

Xi Jinping at the Steamed Bun Shop by Tutou Jueren (“Stubborn Baldy”)
The Chinese Communist Party has a long tradition of using its state media as a tool to maintain its legitimacy and control its masses through party propaganda.  While ancient China also used propaganda, Chairman Mao Zedong was the first …

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U.S. and EU Speak Out on China’s Detention of Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti

U.S. and EU Speak Out on China’s Detention of Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti

Prominent Uighur economics professor and dissident Ilham Tohti (Uighur: ئىلھام توختى‎, Chinese: 伊力哈木土赫提) was detained by police in Beijing on January 15, according to multiple

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China Targets Western “Cultural Threats”

China Targets Western “Cultural Threats”

Western “cultural threats” will be among several types of “unconventional security threats” targeted by China’s new National Security Committee, according to an article by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) senior colonel Gong Fangbin (公方彬). Additional “threats” the committee will target include extremist groups, cybersecurity threats, and online dissent. The article follows …

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Democracy in Hong Kong: A Key Asia-Pacific Issue for 2014

Democracy in Hong Kong: A Key Asia-Pacific Issue for 2014

2014 began in Hong Kong with a New Year’s Day march for democracy that drew thousands into the streets in protest against Beijing’s efforts to limit democratic rights in the former British colony. Unless demands are …

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