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January 30, 2006

Emerging Markets
It is hard to bet on curve flattening when the curve is already flat

Or spread compression when spreads have already compressed. As David Altig kindly noted, I was quoted in Clint Riley's Wall Street Journal story about the impact of a flat yield curve on bank ear…

September 16, 2006

China
Gunboat diplomacy isn’t what it used to be …

Alan Beattie.In any case, here is last year's annual IMF health-check on China: "The staff reiterated the need for greater exchange rate flexibility in China, emphasising that an early move is w…

February 15, 2010

Asia
Burma’s Turning Point?

In the Lewis Carroll world of Burmese politics, where nothing is at it seems and deadlock is the norm, any potentially positive news must be viewed cynically. Still, the announcement by the Burmese j…

November 16, 2010

Japan
Sengoku38: Villain or Hero?

As Washington discusses the Obama Asia tour, Tokyo remains consumed with the politics of the Senkaku incident. Last week, I reported on the unauthorized release of video clips of the Chinese trawle…

Sengoku38: Villain or Hero?

September 17, 2010

China
Coming this Weekend: A Sino-Japanese Hacking War?

This Saturday is the seventy-ninth anniversary of the Mukden, or Manchurian, Incident, and, depending on who you believe, Chinese hackers are gearing up to launch massive attacks on the computer ne…

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September 13, 2010

China
Chinese Fishing Boat Sets Off Sino-Japanese Conflict

At midnight on Sunday morning, Japan’s new ambassador to Beijing, Uichiro Niwa, was unceremoniously summoned to meet a leading Chinese Communist Party official, State Councillor Dai Bingguo. Counci…

Chinese Fishing Boat Sets Off Sino-Japanese Conflict

November 5, 2010

China
Who is Sengoku38?

Yesterday, video of the collisions between a Chinese fishing trawler and the Japanese coast guard appeared on YouTube—sent from an account named Sengoku38. Six separate videos, for a total of 44 mi…

Who is Sengoku38?

April 26, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Ron Paul, GOP Presidential Candidate

Rep. Ron Paul visits a polling station in Manchester, New Hampshire on January 8, 2008. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) The third time is the charm. That’s at least what Ron Paul hopes. An unsuccessful…

Republican presidential candidate Texas Rep. Ron Paul visits a polling station in Manchester, New Hampshire January 8, 2008. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)

April 5, 2011

Politics and Government
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Part V

  Most Americans think of the Supreme Court as the legal equivalent of a baseball umpire. In their view, the Court’s job is to call legal balls and strikes, and thereby tell us what the law is. So…

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April 19, 2011

TWE Mailbag: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere--An Update

A woman mails envelopes at the James A Farley Post U.S. office in New York on April 15, 2010. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters) Yesterday’s post on "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" attracted a couple…

A woman mails envelopes at the James A Farley Post U.S. office in New York on April 15, 2010. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters)