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India Restricts Chinese Telecom Firms Citing Security Concerns

Security Agencies Say Companies Failed Important Security Tests

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China's growing role in the Arctic

SIPRI’s report in March 2010 highlighted China’s growing desire to develop its Arctic capabilities. Yet China is also collaborating with other countries to possibly expand its role in the Arctic. Two of those countries are North Korea and Iceland, neither of which have Arctic coastlines, but which are far enough north to give China greater […]

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Chinese ISPs Now in Leak Suppression Business

China’s ratcheting up their state secrets laws. That’s never a good sign. NYT article. There is an amusingly awful definition of state secrets being promulgated: they are “information that, if disclosed, would damage China’s security or interests in political, economic, defense and other realms.” Presumably the story that the Chinese had 14 year olds on their […]

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For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History

By Sarah Rose Ch. 4: Shanghai to Hangzhou, September 1848 Robert Fortune was patient as the coolie attended to his new coif. A small blue and white tea bowl sat nearby on a dusty crate, and swirling its sediment of leaves, Fortune spilled the cooling liquid out onto the dirty deck. Floors were the place […]

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More Passion of the Redshirt, Indonesia and China, Malaysia and Illegal Aliens

Indonesia:  Last week, this blog looked at the reality of Indonesia’s capacity to aid the United States in the Islamic world. Ahead of Obama’s June visit to the archipelago, it is also valuable to consider how the Indonesian – American relationship is viewed on the Indonesian street.   Recently, some right wing Muslim groups have joined […]

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India Hackathon

The US isn’t the only target of Chinese hackers that-of-course-aren’t-government-sponsored-though-the-PLA-does-fund-hacking-research-in-their-school groups. That other rising Asian great power – the one that fought a couple of wars with China and is harboring their archnemisis – got pwned in a bad way. The NY Times has a story on it that makes for interesting reading. At the […]

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How Beijing Will Deal with Hong Kong

At the press conference on 14 March 2010, immediately after the close of the National People’s Congress annual session (NPC, China’s legislature and highest state body), Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao discussed Hong Kong. The speech came in the wake of a stormy political debate over the slow progress towards universal suffrage that has seen clashes […]

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CAFTA Angst, Indonesian Strength, and the Mekong Drip

CAFTA Angst, Indonesian Strength, and the Mekong Drip

CAFTA: This site recently discussed the growing angst of citizens in several Southeast Asian nations in regard to CAFTA.  Asia Times is currently running an article addressing some specific areas of contention in detail. Touted as the world’s biggest free-trade area, CAFTA will bring together 1.7 million consumers with a combined gross domestic product of […]

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Red Shirts Strike Back and More CAFTA Blues

Red Shirts Strike Back and More CAFTA Blues

Thailand:  Since the weekend, 120,000 to 250,000 Red Shirts have concentrated on Bangkok, demanding that Thai PM Abhisit dissolve Parliament and call for new elections, which they believe will usher the opposition into a majority, and hopefully signal the return of ousted and exiled Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra.  By Monday, the Red Shirts had succeeded […]

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Top 5 List: Favorite States of the Iranian Government

Top 5 List: Favorite States of the Iranian Government

If Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were to make a list of countries that he loves right now, I would imagine his list would be very similar to this: 5. Iraq: For stealing the spotlight away from Iran. This week, Iran and its nuclear program took the backseat as the American policy makers watched the Iraqi […]

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China’s Political Parties Explained

China has eight non-communist parties under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). What at first seems like an oddity under an one-party system is not so once we understand the reality of the relationship between the CCP and these parties. Open political debates are strictly constrained in China. The CCP maintains its dominance […]

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Abu Sayyaf Strikes Back, More Sen-Rainsy Drama, and Sino-Indo Trade Backlash in the News

Abu Sayyaf Strikes Back, More Sen-Rainsy Drama, and Sino-Indo Trade Backlash in the News

Indonesia:  As an update to the growing  backlash in SE Asia over the China-ASEAN FTA,  the Berita Jakarta is already blaming the FTA on a decline in exports from Jakarta: It can be seen from the decline in the city’s export value by 4.80 percent or US$ 2.828 billion in January this year, from that […]

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Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore News Update

Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore News Update

Vietnam:  The Vietnamese government is trying to gather international support to bolster itself in it’s long-standing territorial disputes with China over the Paracel Islands.  China has held military control over the majority of the islands for 30 years, and this year has announced its desire to set up tourism facilities in the archipelago.  In response, […]

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Cosan, Shell, and the Biofuel Bonanza

Cosan, Shell, and the Biofuel Bonanza

Much of this deal is about Brazil’s own domestic market, but it is also proof of the biofuel bonanza as both Cosan and Shell prepare for a global market in ethanol.

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In the Shadow of the Dragon: Free Trade With China A Win-Win?

This blog previously commented on rising opposition to and grumbling over the China – ASEAN Free Trade Agreement in Southeast Asia, which went into effect on 90 percent of products, on January 1, 2010   Times Magazine Online has an article concerning more of the downsides of the FTA.   For example, Indonesian Trade Minister, Mari […]

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