Recommended Readings

April 19th, 2016

Full transcript of interview Chinese Ambassador Le Yucheng on which the article “Way for China-India relations is still long, but promising” published April 11, 2016 in the Indian Newspaper Deccan Herrald is based.

Peter writes about the history of political subversion and instigation in the S. China Sea.

American voters seriously need to consider the consequences of a Clinton presidency of her dangerous foreign policy manifesto: American primacy must be sustained at all cost….

Interesting story concerning what happened inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet … and inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet.

In an interview with Newsweek, Assange explains how he came to see through what Google truly is.  “They will tell you that open-mindedness is a virtue, but all perspectives that challenge the exceptionalist drive at the heart of American foreign policy will remain invisible to them. This is the impenetrable banality of “don’t be evil.” They believe that they are doing good. And that is a problem.”

Julian Assange had asserted once that “Google’s geopolitical aspirations are firmly enmeshed within the foreign-policy agenda of the world’s largest superpower.” Google is no longer shy about walking its talk now.

David P. Goldman argues in the Asia Times that the world’s economic weakness is first of all a result of the Fed’s blunders. The deflationary impact of the rising dollar and falling commodity prices suppresses global demand and undermines the most levered part of the world economy, namely emerging markets. All exporting nations are suffering as a result. China is no exception. It makes no sense to speak of slowing Chinese growth as a source of instability and weakness in the world economy: Chinese growth is slowing because is shifting its economy to a domestic demand driven economy.

White paper issued by China on 2015-04-15 over Tibet’s development.  The previous White Paper over Tibet was issued in 2013.  (see 1. english version  | 2. english and chinese version)

When U.S. occupation forces liberated Allied POW camps in the Akita area in northern Japan in the early fall 1945, they came across piles of unburied dead bodies, mass graves, and a labor camp of emaciated Chinese men living in appalling conditions.

It’s important not to conflate political philosophy with strategies that have developed because of a particular cultural and historical context, Sheldon Richman writes.

Australia risks being pulled into a disastrous war against China because successive Australian governments have surrendered the nation’s strategic independence to Washington, former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser warns.

A researcher discusses recent trends in corruption in China.  Studying high-ranking officials, he noted that the average bribe in the 1980s involved tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of yuan. But now, the average sum per case is 10 million yuan ($1.6 million). The largest involved almost 200 million yuan (Chen Tonghai, the former chairman of the State-run oil company Sinopec, was found to have accepted 195.73 million yuan in bribes.

The US has been increasing air and sea reconnaissance in waters near China, a situation that Beijing regards as dangerous and harmful to the building of trust between the two nations.

The fear of a rising China results from the inability of Western countries to recognize China’s legitimate national interests. There will be conflicts only if dominant powers attempt to contain it and deny its place in the international society.

Murata Tadayoshi, honorary professor at Japan’s Yokohama National University, asserts that the disputed islands between Japan and China are not Japanese inherent territories and questioned statements by the Japanese Foreign Ministry on the disputed issue through his recent researches.

The media frenzy that followed NYT’s accusation of Chinese sponsored cyber attacks on it has spawned many virulent attacks on China.  But is this really about reality – or a sideshow special interests have opportunistically preyed on advance its private interests?

Japan’s rapid recent shift to the right has heightened worries in neighboring countries and around the world. Japan must remember its several decades of peace and prosperity post WWII owes a large part to its 1947 constitution that insists on pacifism and bans the use of force.

Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands are an inseparable part of the Chinese territory. Diaoyu Dao is China’s inherent territory in all historical, geographical and legal terms, and China enjoys indisputable sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao.  Japan’s occupation of Diaoyu Dao during the Sino-Japanese War in 1895 is illegal and invalid. After World War II, Diaoyu Dao was returned to China in accordance with such international legal documents as the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation. No matter what unilateral step Japan takes over Diaoyu Dao, it will not change the fact that Diaoyu Dao belongs to China.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to China highlighted the challenges inherent in the world’s most important bilateral relationship. There are now serious areas of contention between China and the United States. Washington’s pivot towards Asia is an overly militarized, regionalized effort at containing China is however doomed to failure because China’s growing influence is not confined to the Asia-Pacific, but rather spans the entire globe.  Although the Sino-American rivalry will remain a serious matter, the areas of contention will be confined to economic, political, and cultural realms. The military stakes – backed by mutually assured nuclear destruction – are simply too high.

In 1961, Dwight Eisenhower famously identified the military-industrial complex, warning that the growing fusion between corporations and the armed forces posed a threat to democracy. Judged 50 years later, Ike’s frightening prophecy actually understates the scope of our modern system—and the dangers of the perpetual march to war it has put us on.

China respects the U.S. promises not to seek to contain China but to develop a positive relationship of cooperation between the two countries.  However, Washington owes Beijing a thorough, convincing explanation of the true intentions of its Pivot policy, especially on issues related to China’s vital or core interests.

No country raises more suspicion in America than China.  Suspicion is prevalent on both sides of the political aisle. But fomenting bogeymen in distant lands is the cheapest political trick.  China’s rise expands the pie for everyone.    If United States does end up lagging other countries’ ability in creating value and wealth in the future, they need to look into their own policies, and not be so quick to blame others.

As the West bends rules to contain a rising China at every corner, perhaps the rule bending at the Olympics can wake the Chinese up to a few tricks of the game…

Since the opening of the London Olympic Games last week, a small number of Western media have indulged in making up stories about China that range from labeling Chinese athletes “medal machines” to doping claims based on no evidence.  By doing so, the Western writers have demonstrated an arrogance and prejudice against Chinese athletes that has ignited widespread criticism from all around the world.

There are only very few of us who are not part of the gargantuan propaganda media spins and fabrication of news.  After reading this, you will understand why countries like Russia, Iran, China, and other governments who crack down on certain journalists.

Here is a though-provoking exercise…  What if Chen Guancheng were Bradley Manning and Bradley Manning were Chen Guancheng?

China is not a perfect member of international society, nor can it ever be. In order to safeguard national security, we can only use the tools that we have at hand, rather than care about what others say about us.  China is neither selfless nor hegemonic in Asia. It wants to boost friendly relationships with neighboring countries based on the actual situation, but it hopes no one in this region will fall into extremism or go on opportunist adventures against China’s interests.

The U.S. and Japan have often accused of China of spending disproportionately high on its military.  Look who’s talking?

Despite differences between U.S. and China, peace has held so far. Sure that could change. But it just might keep doing so. Wise leaders on both sides know that tensions and disagreements may be inevitable, but military clashes and all-out war are not.

The latest report by Human Rights Watch about labour abuses in Chinese mining companies in Zambia is not only woefully inaccurate but also perpetuates Western racist stereotypes about China’s ‘neo-colonialist’ expansion in Africa, according to Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong.

The vast majority of the recent spate of self-immolations (2012) have taken place around the Kirti monastery in Sichuan. If ‘Chinese oppression’ were in fact causing the self-immolations, one would think they would be generalised over the Tibetan Plateau. One hasn’t seen that probably because there is no repression of Tibetans simply for being Tibetan. Nor does the Chinese government repress religion per se.

Is it purely coincidence that whenever there is a suicide by self-immolation the Dalai Lama office would be in a position to immediately disseminate perfectly framed videos of such incidents and make sensational statements?

Are the Chen Affairs of 2012 about human rights, or something else.  Dig deeper, and the answer may surprise you.

Studying the “middle-income trap” will allow us to gain a penetrating insight into how China will approach geopolitics in the future.  It understands that to escape the trap, it needs not only to execute good policies domestically, but also to keep the International Peace, aligning as many of its interests with that of the West as possible.

Brendan O’Neill of Spiked asks why does the “Tibetan Spring”, thus far, consist solely of small numbers of people dousing themselves in petrol and going up in flames in public squares, rather than anything we might recognise as normal methods of political agitation?

China currently has a basis under UNCLOS and international law for claiming sovereign rights and jurisdiction to explore and exploit the hydrocarbon resources in the waters surrounding some of the Spratly Islands. And its protests to the Philippines can be seen as a legitimate action to preserve its rights.

In somewhat of an odd twist, reporters from autocratic mainland China grumble that democratic Taiwan gives them a hard time carrying out their trade. Rigid regulations imposed on them should be scrapped for the sake of a free flow of news across the Taiwan Strait.

The study of world power has been blighted by Eurocentric historians who have distorted and ignored the dominant role China played in the world economy. China’s re-emergence as a world economic power raises important questions about what we can learn from its previous rise and fall and about the external and internal threats confronting this emerging economic superpower.

It’s America’s turn to figure out what to do about an emerging great-power rival on the far side of a great ocean, and one option would be to copy Britain’s example. Don’t provoke the Chinese by hemming in their country with air bases, carrier fleets and military alliances, and they’ll probably behave well. Britain is a lot more prosperous than it was when it ran the world, and its people are probably happier, too. Decline (especially decline that is only relative) is not nearly as bad as Americans imagine.

China should complete its transition to a market economy — through enterprise, land, labor, and financial sector reforms — strengthen its private sector, open its markets to greater competition and innovation, and ensure equality of opportunity to help achieve its goal of a new structure for economic growth.  These are some of the key findings of a joint research report by a team from the World Bank and the Development Research Center of China’s State Council.

The Chinese architect Wang Shu, whose buildings in a rapidly developing China honor the past with salvaged materials even as they experiment with modern forms, has been awarded the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Among those who sorely miss the Cold War, China serves as an endless source of fear and loathing.

The shame of a lost border war left a long tradition of anti-Chinese slant in Indian newspapers. One get the impression that the war never quite ended. While more malignant stuff is expected this year marking the 50th anniversary of the war, with the China and India having put in place elaborate mechanisms promote peace and stability on the un-demarcated border, and with not a single shot has been fired since 1993 when the two signed the Confidence Building Measures, is it time for the Indian Press to wake up to reality?

As far back as 1980 candidates sought to score political points by taking a hard line toward China. That temptation to use China as a scapegoat is not likely to disappear after the election. Indeed, it probably will not abate until the US regains its economic and financial health.

Over the last 25 years the reputation of Mao Zedong has been seriously undermined by ever more extreme estimates of the numbers of deaths he was supposedly responsible for. Do these allegations hold water? During his lifetime, Mao Zedong improved the welfare of the Chinese people, slashed the level of poverty and hunger in China and provided free health care and education. Mao’s theories also gave great inspiration to those fighting imperialism around the world.

Bollywood is a great replica machine often plagiarising Hollywood and giving blockbusters a masala makeover. So it is with Indian democracy, a proper Bollywood performance.

A good articulation of China’s vision for development going forward as well as its impact for the world.

China has an old saying, ‘knowing the challenge is not difficult, but acting on it is’. Building a new China-West relationship will thus not happen overnight, but demand a strategic vision, a strong commitment and a down-to-earth approach from both sides.

Those who doubt angels of mercy exist among us should heed the heart-warming career of Cristina Rosello, a Filipina therapist who helps former “comfort women” forced into sexual slavery during World War 2 to balm their inner wounds. In this interview, Rosello describes her creative methods and how she is both healer – and healed.

It is one thing for western media to be critical of the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. It’s quite another to let their views of the CCP color their reports on the history … to brush away from the suffering of the Chinese people for present political convenience.

In many countries, adopting Chinese terminology is a taboo. Even the most noble-minded thinkers, such as the Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse, warned the Germans that “we must not become Chinese […], otherwise we’d adhere to a fetish.” Nevertheless, many should perhaps start learning about shengren (圣人 or 聖人), minzhu (民主) and wenming (文明).

Eric X. Li on the Ying and Yang of Internet Regulation in China and how social media in China is providing a safety valve alerting the government to problems that can get out of control.

Google Inc. didn’t stop wrangling with censorship when the company moved its search engine out of mainland China to shed its restraints on what can be shown on the Internet. For instance, local laws prodded Google to help shield Turkey’s founder and Thailand’s monarch from public ridicule. The company also complies with laws in Germany, France and Poland that force it to exclude information that promotes or supports Nazi causes

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig expounds on what has become of the American Republic.

As the West increases its pressure on Iran, the latest effort being a concerted campaign to impose an oil embargo on Tehran, China finds itself in a tough dilemma.

Who has the guts to call things as they are: even when the King has no clothes?  Here Pincus questions the purpose of the U.S. buildup of military presence in Asia – including questioning Clinton’s “top of the list” reason of a “rapid response to disasters,” “[t]he United States [being] a generous nation” – because after all, you can’t deter natural disasters with aircraft carriers, drones or special forces…

A sober analysis of the 1962 war – how the arrogance and mistakes of a few leaders threw two long-time peaceful neighbors into a conflict that lasts to this day.

Rein discusses how symbiotic and profitable the U.S.-China relationship can be, but laments how much of the current strain has come from a misunderstanding, sometimes willful, among many in the West about how China is evolving.

Brought to our attention by Naqshbandiyya, this lively and insightful discussion gives a good background on the Indian-Chinese border dispute –  how, as Naqshbandiyya puts it, “it is a tragedy of cosmic proportions that the Chinese Communists – in contrast to the Chinese Nationalists on Taiwan – were so willing to cede historical Chinese territory for good relations with neighboring states, yet were so consistently branded the “aggressor” in its disputes by the capitalist West.” A piece titled “Remembering a War – The 1962 India-China Conflict” by Dr Gregory Clark, Oct 24, 2002, also brought to our attention by Naqshbandiyya, is also helpful.

A complete system of healthcare covering cities, counties and townships, as well as an early warning and response system for emergent epidemics, has been established in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Asia is a big stage and has enough space for the “return” of the United States, provided it is ready to put itself in the right place to further aid its development, not to thwart its growth.

Andre Vltchek bravely writes about the West’s efforts to smear China at all costs, an act that lead to this recent interview by the People’s Daily.

Eric X. Li writes that China’s politically-stifled intelligentsia has painted the recent train accident as a symbol of the Communist Party’s failings, warning against the perils of rapid economic growth. But these Internet-wielding elite are venting personal frustration, not voicing the will of the Chinese people

Despite budget woes, the military is preparing for a conflict with our biggest rival — and we should be worried. Stephen Glain discusses the crippling costs of a defense policy that makes global hegemony a mindless imperative.

The West – Europe, United States, and to a great extent Australia – are all living in denial. They never fully accepted the truth about the terror they unleashed and are still unleashing against the great majority of the world. Currently, there is no intellectual hunger, no “hunger for truth,” for alternative views, in the West – be it Sydney, New York, or London. Yet there will never be peace on earth, a real reconciliation, unless this culture of control disappears. And the only way to make it disappear is to face reality, address and revisit the past.

Huang Shuo of the China Daily puts the launching of China’s first carrier in perspective…

A terrible train wreck occurred July 23 in China near Wenzhou, about 220 miles south of Shanghai. A wildfire of corporate-owned media bashing of China soon ensued in the West. Could it be that a fear of Chinese competition in technology and construction and a politically motivated desire suppress China’s development of its high-speed rail technology and signal systems be behind all this?

China’s Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry have expressed strong opposition to Japan’s 2011 defense white paper, saying that it contains “irresponsible” comments regarding the development of China’s national defense.

Brian Cloughley writes how it seems like that the chief job of Washington these days is to embarrass or insult other countries – especially China – to the detriment of global peace.

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen writes that the military relationship between China and U.S. is one of the most important in the world and simply too important to manage through blind suspicion and mistrust. Whatever difficulties, it is time for the two sides to work toward strategic trust.

Jeff Stibel, author of Wired for Thought, writes that our brains work very well individually but tend to break down in groups. This is why we have individual decision makers in business (and why paradoxically we have group decisions in government). Leaders need to make tough decisions all the time: find the best people, place them in leadership positions, and expect them to do great things.

The U.S. is trying to convince the people of Okinawa that its troops are there to protect them from the “threat” of China. But the Okinawans are not buying it. (See also WSJ article)

There has been a lot of hoopla on the 17-Article Agreement. Is it valid or null? Does it prove Tibet was an independent country around 1950 or not? Does it show the legitimacy of the Tibetan exiled government of not? If you love history, dig in. You will enjoy this article.

Sixty Years Since Peaceful Liberation of Tibet The Information Office of the State Council, China’s cabinet, on 7/18/2011 published a white paper on the sixty years since peaceful liberation of Tibet.

A central element of the narrative circulated by the Tibet Movement has been that China has carried out genocide and practised colonialism in Tibet. Do these allegations hold up upon closer scrutiny? You be the judge…

Good analysis on what is important – and what is not – about the “South China Sea Crisis”

Arthur Kroeber debunks five frequently held myths about China’s economy.

Shaun Rein writes that while challenges always exist in China’s path to development, one should not mis-judge China based on phantom facts.

Interesting report listing instances of U.S. armed intervention abroad from 1798-2010.

An interesting, well-written perspective of U.S. foreign policy from a Chinese perspective.

While disaster diplomacy hasn’t transformed the overall picture of Sino-Japanese relations – in fact, disaster diplomacy itself is actually shaped by broad international and domestic political relationships – the importance of people-to-people relations in disaster diplomacy shouldn’t be underestimated.

Visiting the Japnese embassy, Hu told Ambassador Niwa Uichiro that, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, he extended his sincere sympathies to the Japanese people as well as condolences to the victims of the earthquake

Francis Fukuyama, author of the famous piece End of History, discusses the political differences between China and U.S. In the end, perhaps Deng’s saying that “No matter if it is a white cat or a black cat; as long as it can catch mice, it is a good cat” applies to more than just Chinese politics….

Robert Kennedy on why buying Chinese – at least in the renewable space – is a win-win for everyone, Americans included.

Nearly half of Americans surveyed say China is the world’s top economic power.  And just what do the Chinese make of all this talk?

The key to a peaceful and prosperous future is for the U.S. and China to create a tradition of respect and cooperation so that the successors of leaders meeting now will continue to see it in their interest to build an emerging world order as a joint enterprise.

  • Wash Post & WSJ: China’s Hu Jintao answers questions with Washington Post

An unedited transcript of written answers from President Hu Jintao of China to written questions from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Former Carter national security advisor argues that U.S. and China should join in a partnership with a wider mission than national self-interest, guided by the moral imperatives of the 21st century’s unprecedented global interdependence.

Despite all the talk of China as “the other superpower,” people in China do not see China that way. If all goes well, China will be the 2nd most powerful nation … in 2050.

China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang on China’s interaction with the World and how that interaction is so vital for China herself and the world at large.

Government White Paper published by the Information Office of the State Council, or China’s Cabinet, published 12/23/2010, on promoting economic development and social progress in China and Africa.

Do it with the Nobel Peace Prize by recognizing Gandhi and Deng.

The Nobel Winner has praised the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan – and advocated the overthrow of the Chinese government so China can be fully westernised.

China’s experience cannot be exported. By the same token, not all Western experience will suit China.

Editorial in Xinhua on the injustice of this year’s Nobel Prize.

We’ve often mentioned about the “religion” of Western liberalism.  Here is a good overview of that religion.

Some with a gut to speak against conventional wisdom: attacking China will not make the U.S. more prosperous.

It is irresponsible and propagandistic to label China as “irresponsible” and U.S. as “responsible.”

Interesting article on how release of a Chinese national suspected of killing of a Norwegian national in the aftermath of Liu’s recent IgNobel Prize has stirred emotional response in Norway about human rights, justice, and rule of law.

The increase in inequality in China has leveled off in recent years and could be less severe than previously thought, suggesting that Beijing is starting to make progress in tackling one of its biggest social problems.

Author explains why the West should embrace—rather than fear—the next superpower.

Looking for parallels to Haiti’s catastrophe, many point to China.  The author went back to Sichuan six months after the catastrophe and was amazed at the speed of physical and economic recovery.

On why the norm of the Internet may not be laissez-faire, but fragmentation of community along linguistic and national lines.

On how China has prospered through peace, established a framework for future peace – and on how the present form of government may present the best guarantee of preserving peace.

Blaming China now for destroying the world won’t help future negotiations nor get the world on track to developing new low-carbon economies  nor dissuade China from its mission to lead the world in clean development.

Interesting op-ed on British, American, Russian, and Japanese imperialism in East Asia in the early-mid 20th century.

There has been a lot of accusations by some that the world economic crisis has been caused by China.  Here are some good readings for those initiated enough to learn more about reality.

From the toilet to music to science, our world may be more interconnected than you think!

Advice to empire builders: learn from Byzantine not Rome.

The best friend a blogger can have is a good enemy. Your friends will, perhaps, read through your posts and make a few comments. But only an enemy will read through your entire argument, for free, finding every error and questionable statement.

China’s strange mixture of state intervention, markets, dictatorship, and efficiency is puzzling. But it’s time to stop hoping for China’s failure and start understanding and adapting to its success.

According to the article, it’d be so much better for India and China to slowly forge a constructive pan-Asian consensus and do away with the “post-colonial baggage” that animates the current Sino-Indian border dispute.

Ever wondered what China’s Hu would really like to tell Obama on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 meeting? Here is an entertaining take…

An Xinjiang Native studying in the U.S. for his Ph.D. shares his thoughts on this summer’s violence and its fallout.

In a trend that will change the country, leadership of China’s Communist Party is slowly passing from functionaries trained in engineering to those educated in softer sciences like law.

Progress in use of the yuan will depend not just on Chinese government initiatives, but on how much more competitive China’s exporters can become.

It is time to look anew at a reopened Eurasia under the growing influence of China’s re-emergence. For those whose objective is long-term geopolitical equilibrium, this is a dynamic to acknowledge, monitor and support.

Some clarifications are needed about the many misinformation that has come about since the Urumqi riots.

China may be enjoying its new found role as a leader engine of International growth. Playing this role will however not be easy…

Asia’s emerging economies are leading the way out of recession; the tough part now is to make their recovery last.

I’ve always felt that genocide is a term that is overused by the West as a geopolitical propaganda pawn. Here is a case where the West cries foul when Russia plays the game.

China faces enormous challenges. It is not yet the leader of the global economy, but it’s getting there.

Japanese strategist Kenichi Ohmae discusses why closer (economic) integration with the mainland is a matter of survival for Taiwan.

One view of what we can learn about the media – both Chinese and Western – from their coverage of the recent Xinjiang riots.

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame Charts A Way Forward.

Taiwan and Mainland leaders exchange 1st direct messages between CCP and KMT since CCP tookover the mainland in 1949.

When Xue Longlong’s academic records vanished in Wubu, he lost out on a high-paying job, and the woman he hoped to marry abandoned him.

Heyrat Niyaz – a Uyghur journalist, blogger, and AIDS activist – tells of how he tried to warn officials that “blood would flow” in Urumchi on July 5 and gives his thoughts about the background to the ethnic rioting.

China’s perspectives on Xinjiang, by Fu Ying, China’s ambassador to the UK.

On why Asia’s (and China’s) Rise is by no means guaranteed…

Rising tensions and resistance to Beijing’s control challenge China’s ‘harmonious’ society

A two year-old debate that is nevertheless reminiscent of many of the ideological clashes we’ve had here on Fool’s Mountain.

Is the fall of communist ideology responsible for China’s ethnic strife today?

Should Asians’ alleged over-saving and under-consuming habits be blamed for causing the global financial crisis?

Through a combination of carrots and sticks, Beijing is starting to change how this country generates energy.

According to this NY Times Op-Ed, unless the U.S. gets its fiscal house in order, relations with China will be fundamentally unstable.

Everyone – including Hillary Clinton – seems to have a take on 6-4. Here may be a slightly more realistic version.

Auto sales are rising in China – but electric bike sales growth are even larger.

What does liberty mean for the Chinese people?  Here is a small sample.

20 Years After Tiananmen, Beijing Tolerates a Safer Wave of Protest.

World’s largest political party has maintained power by transforming itself and its relationship with the Chinese public.

The Obama administration hailed talks by the US special envoy to Sudan in Beijing to discuss the Darfur region and a peace agreement between the African country’s north and south.

To see China’s holdings as a threat to the U.S. is to misjudge the goals of the Chinese government.

Chinese officials have drafted automotive fuel economy standards that are even more stringent than those outlined by President Obama last week.

Should China be taken at her word that she wants to be a status quo power, not a revolutionary power?

China’s efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions are “impressive” and often underestimated.

Closer economic integration between Mainland and Taiwan creates win-win situation for everyone.

Can GM’s China operations become too successful for GM’s own good?

China has emerged in the past two years as the world’s leading builder of more efficient, less polluting coal power plants.

Can India and China resolve their territorial disputes?

National Geographic on the tapestry of the modern and old in Modern Tibet.

Envoys from Mainland and Taiwan agree to continue to expand air links and promote mainland Chinese investment on the island in the latest step forward.

China’s autosales exceeds U.S. sales for the third month in a row.

New laws are only part of the reason that fewer Chinese children are being adopted by families in the U.S.

UHV lines may be ideal for bringing electricity from remote areas. All eyes are on a big test in China.

That is one of the great things with China: We do not know what this dragon in the East is going to do.

As in everything to do with International Law/Politics, sovereignty is a concept based on realism. The article also explains that sovereignty can come in degrees, commensurate with the relative powers of various relevant states.

China’s economy continues to grow despite the global receission, providing a bright spot even for companies not benefiting from Beijing’s consumption-boosting initiatives.

An American tries to parse through the thick forest of rhetoric that is modern Tibet.

In China, Liu Yan Still Dances in Her Dreams.

Treasury did not find that any major trading partner had manipulated its exchange rate for the purposes of preventing effective balance of payments adjustment or to gain unfair competitive advantage.

For Skating’s Championships, a Chinese Pair Plots a Tango; From Stony Silences to Seductive Gazes

Time on China’s plans to dramatically reform its health care system.

China and France announced an agreement to restore high-level contacts and promote cooperation following a lengthy spat over Tibet sparked by the French president’s meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Can a one-party system take on characteristics of democracy?

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-American geostrategist, US National Security Advisor under president Jimmy Carter, on Sino-U.S. Relations in the 21st century.

How revival of Buddhism in China may lead to political reconciliations amongst Mainland China, Taiwan, and exiled Tibetans.

The Great Depression made the United States the world’s unquestioned financial leader. The current crisis can do the same for China.

Sheldon Richman on why continued Chinese purchase of U.S. bonds is a lose-lose for everyone.

Economist sees a China asserting itself—carefully (article recommended in part to illuminate pervasive Western bias against / fear of China).

The World Bank cut its forecast for China’s growth this year to 6.5%.

Are China’s leaders turning the current economic crisis to competitive advantage?

A year after the riots, people are still scared, and the economy is still depressed … but the city is looking to prosper soon again.

McKinsey hypothesizes on what the world order will look like in 2040.

A story of how Lhasa residents are still trying to recover from the deadly March riots last year and the year-long recession since.

Justin Raimondo examines the U.S. domestic politics of Sinophobia in light of the recent U.S.-China scuffle in the South China Sea.

Taiwan and Mainland China are in the midst of negotiating a comprehensive free-trade agreement.

Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Angola to investigate China’s rapidly growing presence in Africa.

Though still poor on a per capita basis, China nevertheless seems to have overtaken Germany as the 3rd largest economy in the world in 2007, much earlier than expected.

A rebuttal on why General Toshio Tamogami had it wrong that Japan was a non-aggressor in WWII.

Review of a book on everyday lives of migrant women in China’s world factories

On a Chinese electric car company with sight set to surpass GM and Toyota and become a world leader in electric-vehicle technology.

Reflecting 30 years of US-Sino Relationship from an American perspective.

Economist takes a gloomy look at China’s prospects in 2009.

Quick Pocketbook Reference on China’s 30-year “Economic Miracle.”

China is often depicted as a dirty polluter.  But China is also fast building a green tech industry as well.  Here is one example.

An American asks whether a revival of Confucian values can help to lead the way of a morally just China.

Reflecting upon Deng’s legacy of allowing 1/4 of then humanity to rejoin mainstream world development.

A call for the next U.S. president to put in place an architecture of peace for the 21st century.

Unclassified report from the National Intelligence Council on how key global trends might shape and influence world events in the next 15 years.

Can all conflicts be reduced … down to the single factor of population growth?

A Taiwanese firm tries at selling low-cost quality health care to Mainland China’s masses.

Beichuan official Zhang Kangqi lives in his office. The focal point of the room is a pencil drawing of the family he lost on May 12.

Exiled Tibetans should address three strategies which Chinese hardliners may pursue.

Five years ago, I had the missionary complex to help change China.  Today I feel honored to be simply on the sidelines observing these extraordinary times…

China is stunningly bad at managing her reputation. Here’s one perspective why.

Ever wondered why “Tibet” is always “good” and “China” is always “bad”? Here is an answer.

Sluggish Productivity, Low Rural Incomes Raise Concerns Over Long-Term Growth; A Question of Property Rights

The prosperity of the United States and China depends on further integrating China into the global economic system, according to Henry Paulson.

Even-keeled summary of the current state of relation (as of early October 2008) between the Mainland and Taiwan.

All members of 2008 team cleared of underage allegations – but two members from 2000 team still under investigation.

Malaysia’s long simmering sinophobia may yet lead to a new era of multiculturalism.

White paper issued by the Information Office of China’s State Council on 2008-09-25.

Scholar tells skeptical audience that claims by Tibetan exiles of Chinese cultural discrimination are greatly exaggerated.

China’s mid-autumn festival:One derivatives market still thrives

Li Taige considers the lessons learned during the Beijing Games and sees progress emerging from the Olympics.

Two idealistic Taiwanese businessmen happened into the most rural part of China and thought: Let’s bring it from the 15th century to the 21st.

WHAT is the single most important price in the world? Chinese wages.

By Badeng Nima from Kham Aid Foundation Education Programs

Two Games, equal splendor! (h/t: Rocking Offkey)

Hot chefs rarely use it in ‘fusion’; upscale Chinese spots are hard to find.

Studies Suggest Many of Our Political Choices May Be Traced to Genetic Traits.

FALSE beliefs are everywhere.

In response to Tony Martin.

A Chinese government committee said that a rush to build schools during the country’s recent economic boom might have led to shoddy construction that resulted in the deaths of thousands of students during the Sichuan earthquake.

Western media is biased, but it can’t hide it anymore.

How a Secret CIA Campaign Against China 50 Years Ago Continues to Fester; A Role for Dalai Lama’s Brother.

“Zen Shaolin,” a music, dance and martial arts show, has a cast of 500 in a remote valley in China.

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