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April 5, 2019

China
Democracy in Hong Kong

As China’s power continues to grow, some fear that the considerable autonomy Hong Kong has enjoyed over the last three decades could slip away.

A Goddess of Democracy statue stands during a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to commemorate the killing of protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

October 1, 2010

China
Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize—Beijing should seize the moment

As decision day nears for the Nobel Peace Prize nominations, the Chinese government has gone on high alert. Long-time Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo has once again been floated as a conte…

A demonstrator holds a picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo during a protest, urging Nobel peace prize recipient U.S. President Barack Obama to demand the Chinese government to release all dissidents, outside the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong October 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

May 16, 2019

Trade
The Truth About Tariffs

Tariffs have been applied over the years to protect homegrown industries and target competitors who are seen as using unfair trade practices. They impose costs on both importers and exporters and had been in decline until the recent U.S.-China trade war.

A steelworker tests a sample of steel at an Indiana mill in March 2018.

April 5, 2019

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Cyber Week in Review: April 5, 2019

This Week in Review: Google scraps AI board; former U.S. intelligence officials involved in UAE hack; U.S.-China trade talks focus on digital trade; and Facebook calls for new regulations.  

A Google sign is seen during the WAIC (World Artificial Intelligence Conference) in Shanghai, China, September 17, 2018.

March 19, 2019

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Collateral Freedom: Proceed with Caution

Increasing collateral damage is an effective way of fighting censorship and expanding internet freedom. If we want to keep it that way, we ought to know its limitations

Sina Weibo's booth is pictured at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2017 in Beijing, China April 28, 2017.

March 5, 2019

China
Taking Managed Trade Seriously—What Would a Deal that Tries to Close the Bilateral Deficit Need to Look Like?

If Trump wants to set targets for China’s imports, he should focus on its imports of manufactures—not on getting tweetable deliverables out of the soybeans and oil that China will import (from someon…

Taking Managed Trade Seriously—What Would a Deal that Tries to Close the Bilateral Deficit Need to Look Like?

February 15, 2019

Taiwan
The Looming Taiwan Crisis

Forty years of finessing Taiwan’s status may be coming to a dangerous end.

President Tsai Ing-wen attends the annual Han Kuang military drill in Penghu, Taiwan May 25, 2017

December 13, 2016

China
Hong Kong Is Now a Negative Indicator of Chinese Tourism Imports

I haven’t written about China’s tourism imports for a while. Suffice to say they remain a puzzle. To recap quickly, China’s reported imports of tourism soared in 2014 and 2015—with imports of touris…

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January 8, 2019

China
Why Haven't U.S. Exports of Manufactures Kept Pace with China's Growth?

China is a big country, and, at least until recently, it was growing relatively fast. So it stands to reason that it should have been among the most rapidly growing markets for U.S. exports.  The …

Why Haven't U.S. Exports of Manufactures Kept Pace with China's Growth?

September 29, 2014

China
What Beijing Should Do About Hong Kong

Hong Kong is not Beijing, 2014 is not 1989, and Civic Square is not Tiananmen Square. Still, the images of tens of thousands of Hong Kong Chinese demonstrating in the streets for democratic reform ca…

Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old who heads the group leading a pupils' protest, Scholarism, addresses a rally in Hong Kong September 26, 2014.  Hundreds of children joined students demanding greater democracy for Hong Kong on Friday, capping a week-long campaign that has seen a large cut-out depicting the territory's leader as the devil paraded through the city and calls for him to resign. The Chinese characters on the background read "Fate". REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION CIVIL UNREST)