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July 27, 2005

China
Forget Unocal. China really wants Intel

At least that is what "John Rutledge, a former economic adviser to President Bush" thinks.  To maintain its competitive advantage, Chinese companies must acquire technology that will make the country…

November 21, 2005

Economics
Rogue Copper Trader?

Copper - according to Dan Gross -- is a good leading indicator of global economic activity.  It also is trading at close to a record high.  Other metals too. Last year, financial types used to joke…

May 5, 2008

China
Chinese state investment abroad: familiar or something new?

Henny Sender has an excellent account of China’s decision not to allow the China Development Bank (CDB) to invest in Citibank in January in Monday’s Financial Times. It follows on Richard McGregor…

December 21, 2009

China
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…

January 22, 2010

China
China-DPRK Relations: A Return to a Strategic Relationship?

Following North Korea’s second nuclear test in May of 2009, Chinese analysts did not hide their frustration with Pyongyang. China signed on to a robust UN Security Council resolution condemning the t…

January 26, 2010

China
Looking Back: Human Rights in 2009

Although it was buried amidst the past month’s news of the global financial crisis and Barack Obama’s struggles to maintain any political momentum, the global monitoring group Freedom House released …

May 25, 2010

China
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…

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

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

October 4, 2010

China
Wen Jiabao’s Last Stand on Political Reform: Can he do it? Yes he can?

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has thrown down the gauntlet. In a fascinating interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Wen committed himself to fight for political reform, even in the face of what he acknowl…

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao (top) delivers a speech on a stage as other Chinese top leaders are seen at a reception marking the 61st anniversary of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing September 30, 2010. China celebrates its National Day on October 1.

October 8, 2010

China
What Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Means for the Rest of China

All the political swirl surrounding Liu Xiaobo and his Nobel Peace Prize will soon die down, returning again no doubt when the prizes are actually awarded in December. For me, as I have written in pr…

A policeman stands guard as reporters wait at the entrance of a residential compound where Liu Xia, the wife of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, lives in Beijing October 8, 2010. Imprisoned Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, an announcement that Beijing had anticipated and bitterly criticised. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic