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January 24, 2013

China
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with China's Vice President Xi Jinping in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on February 14, 2012. Presidential Inbox: Top Priorities for U.S. Policy Toward China and Asia

President Obama, You and your foreign policy team have steered the United States on a constructive course in Asia over the past few years. There is thus no need for a policy overhaul. However, the d…

July 31, 2012

China
Li Keqiang, right, shakes hands with China's Politburo Standing Committee Member Zhou Yongkang after Li was elected Vice Premier in Beijing on March 17, 2008. Will China Continue to "Turn Against Law"?

Mark Jia is an intern for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. As speculation brims over China’s impending leadership succession, focus has centered on the political leanings of Xi Jinp…

May 10, 2012

China
A handout photo of two Chinese surveillance ships which sailed between a Philippines warship and eight Chinese fishing boats to prevent the arrest of any fishermen in the Scarborough Shoal, in the South China Sea, about 124 nautical miles off the main island of Luzon on April 10, 2012. China-Philippines Hacking War: A Missed Opportunity for Beijing?

China continues to raise the heat in its dispute with the Philippines over the sovereignty of Scarborough Shoal/Huangyan Island. On Monday, He Jia, an anchor on China’s state-run CCTV, mistakenly dec…

May 25, 2010

China
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 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…

May 19, 2010

China
More on the Chinese Carbon Tax

I wrote about the proposed Chinese carbon tax on Monday. Xinhua reports (h/t Weathervane -- the link is to a two month old article that I hadn’t noticed) that it might be partly aimed at avoiding any…

June 14, 2010

China
Chinese sailors stand guard onboard the Shi Jia Zhuang, a Luzhou class missile destroyer, at Valparaiso port, about 75 miles (121km) northwest of Santiago November 23, 2009. Two Chinese vessels docked at Valparaiso on Monday as the navies from both countries sought to exchange experiences as well as strengthen cooperation between each other. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez China’s Growing Transparency: Why it’s not all good news

Eliseo Fernandez/Courtesy Reuters The lack of transparency in Chinese strategic thinking and intentions has long been a bugaboo in U.S.-China relations. U.S. policymakers argue that it is hard to bu…

June 1, 2009

China
Tiananmen Square and Two Chinas

On the twentieth anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown, six experts reflect on the country’s trajectory since then. Many note China’s breathtaking economic growth as well as mounting stra…