Asia's Achilles Heel

Author: David G. Victor

In this article for Newsweek, David Victor says that the deeper cause of China's recent power crisis lies in the fact that China's free-market policiesthe same ones that led to China's extraordinary growth in the past decadehave eroded the government's ability to control its economy. In fact, the big challenge in the coming Asian century may not be China and India's burgeoning strength but their weakness.

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NYT: China - Choking on Growth Part III

Author: Joseph Kahn

This powerful multimedia on pollution in Lake Tai, accompanying a compelling article written by Joseph Kahn, is a part of the New York Times special series examining China's environmental issues.

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The Great Leap Backward?

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy

China's environmental woes are mounting, and the country is fast becoming one of the leading polluters in the world. The situation continues to deteriorate because even when Beijing sets ambitious targets to protect the environment, local officials generally ignore them, preferring to concentrate on further advancing economic growth. Really improving the environment in China will require revolutionary bottom-up political and economic reforms.

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