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January 11, 2005

Financial Markets
Not where we should want to be

It is not a good sign when market strategists say any mention of "fundamentals" is dollar negative. From Wednesday’s FT:Mr Snow reaffirmed that his administration’s concept of a "strong dollar" was …

March 8, 2006

Emerging Markets
The market concludes (many) risks do not exist. And then it reevaluates.

I was going to write about how the markets have concluded that risk does not exist.After all, early last week, the market thought that dollar bonds issued by emerging economies were not that much mor…

November 24, 2006

Financial Markets
Deja vu all over again (dollar falls v. the euro when Americans are on vacation edition)

Maybe it is just me, but Thankgiving 2006 is starting to feel a bit like the period after Christmas in 2004.   Both periods saw sharp falls in the dollar in thin markets.  1.31 isn’t 1.36.  But, in a…

January 22, 2010

China
China-DPRK Relations: A Return to a Strategic Relationship?

Following North Korea’s second nuclear test in May of 2009, Chinese analysts did not hide their frustration with Pyongyang. China signed on to a robust UN Security Council resolution condemning the t…

May 25, 2010

China
China’s Cultural Icons Turn Political

David Gray/Courtesy Reuters There are new voices on China’s political scene. While political activists such as Hu Jia and Charter 08 leader Liu Xiaobo languish in jail and AIDS activist Wan Yanhai f…

Chinese artist Ai WeiWei (C) walks past police as he arrives to give support to Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s most prominent dissidents, outside the courthouse where Liu is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. Liu went on trial on subversion charges on Wednesday, drawing an outcry at home and abroad over the country’s sweeping laws against political opponents. Chinese prosecutors accuse Liu of

June 3, 2011

China
China’s Information Warfare

A woman holds a flower aloft in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on May 19, 2008. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters) As June 4 approaches, I am struck by how…

A woman holds a flower aloft in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on May 19, 2008.

June 10, 2011

China
China’s Brewing Political Storm

Villagers rest under a campaign banner in the run-up to a democratic election for village committee at Xiwangping Village, in Beijing's Mentougou District on June 18,2010. The banner reads: “full…

Villagers rest under a campaign banner in the run-up to a democratic election for village committee at Xiwangping Village, in Beijing’s Mentougou District on June 18,2010. The banner reads: “fully develop democracy, strictly elect in accordance to law”

October 12, 2011

South Korea
State of the U.S.-ROK Alliance

H.E. Han Sung-Joo May 14, 2010. (Arnd Wiegmann/Courtesy Reuters) In anticipation of South Korean president Lee Myung-bak’s state visit this week, I asked former South Korean foreign minister and amb…

Chairman of South Korea’s bid committee Sung-Joo Han submits the official bid book for the 2022 Soccer World Cup to FIFA President Blatter in Zurich

November 8, 2011

Climate Change
ROK Green Growth Quarterly Update: July–September 2011

Global Green Growth Institute chairman Han Seung-soo of South Korea delivers a keynote speech during the Global Green Growth Summit 2011 in Seoul June 20, 2011 (Courtesy Global Green Growth Institute…

Global Green Growth Institute chairman Han Seung-soo of South Korea delivers a keynote speech during the Global Green Growth Summit 2011 in Seoul June 20, 2011.

March 5, 2012

China
China’s March Madness—Not Jeremy Lin but Lei Feng

In late February, New York-based Global Times writer Rong Xiaoqing published a piece on Jeremy Lin and the “Hunger for Heroes in the U.S.” In her piece, Rong argues that the United States—and democra…

A portrait of Chinese national folk-hero, Lei Feng looks out over a busy intersection in a central Beijing shopping district in June of 1998.