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November 9, 2009

China’s ’Green Sputnik’?

Last month I testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in Washington, D.C. The commission, which is co-chaired by Senator Byron L. Dorgan and Representative Sander M. Levin, mo…

December 14, 2009

The China Divide

Last week at a dinner in Washington, D.C. with a number of China experts, retired U.S. government officials and businesspeople, the table largely concluded that we should be “cautiously optimistic” a…

December 21, 2009

The Decade’s Top Ten Game-Changers in U.S.-China Relations

It’s the end of the year, and end of a decade, and we here at Asia Unbound are not immune to the easy lure of the “Top Ten” list. OK, it’s not the Top Ten “Accidental Celebrities” or “Cultural Momen…

December 31, 2009

Copenhagen: The Real China Take-Away

Without an eye-catching climate accord out of Copenhagen, what really grabbed the media spotlight were the behind-the-scenes negotiations and back-door politicking. And at the center of it all was Ch…

January 15, 2010

Playing in the Global Sandbox

When I first heard the news that Google had outed the Chinese for their widescale cyberattacks and would no longer operate its service in China if subjected to government censorship, I gave a cheer. …

January 22, 2010

Harmony without Uniformity

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Internet speech was noteworthy for a number of reasons—but what struck me most was her comment that principles like information freedom aren’t just good policy co…

January 29, 2010

Davos: China Light

Contrary to predictions by the Wall Street Journal, this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos has thus far been China-light. No more than two or three sessions are China-centered. Does it matter? P…

February 2, 2010

The U.S. and China Have at it Again; but it’s much ado about nothing

Everyone is in a tizzy over the supposed downturn in U.S.-China relations. (See here, here, and here.) The rhetoric is heating up on both sides, and new issues of contention appear to pop up daily. O…

February 5, 2010

India’s Rise: The Role of the Diaspora

My long-standing friendship with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began when we were both students in Cambridge in the mid-1950s. One personal anecdote in particular underlines dramatically why the Indi…

February 19, 2010

United States
Reality Bites

The U.S.-China relationship is never dull, but over the past two months, things have become a bit more heated than usual. Virtually every issue that has haunted the relationship for the past few deca…