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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…

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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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 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

Defense and Security
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Part V

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court at the Supreme Court Building on October 8, 2010. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) Most Americans think of the Supreme Court as the legal equivalent of a baseb…

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, October 8, 2010. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters)

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)

July 18, 2011

Japan
Japan’s Heroines

Japan's players celebrate with the trophy after the victory against the U.S. in their Women's World Cup final soccer match in Frankfurt July 17, 2011. (Courtesy Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach) What…

Japan’s players celebrate with the trophy after the victory against the U.S. in their Women’s World Cup final soccer match in Frankfurt July 17, 2011.

September 2, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Saluting General David Petraeus

Outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General David Petraeus salutes during the change of command ceremony in Kabul on July 18, 2011. (Ahmad Masood/courtesy Reuters) Abov…

Outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General David Petraeus salutes during the change of command ceremony in Kabul July 18, 2011. U.S. General John Allen took over the ISAF command from General Petraeus. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood