This is the full session between Niall Ferguson and James Fallows at the recently held Aspen Ideas Festival. Allen had posted excepts and we promised you the complete discussion as soon as it became available. Niall Ferguson had coined the term "Chimerica" to describe the symbiotic relationship between the economies of China and the United States. He currently sees this … [Read more...] about Chimerica: James Fallows & Niall Ferguson
In our Dalai Lama Warns of Looming Violence thread, Wukailong linked to this essay covering three political scenarios that China might face in the year 2020. The author, Cheng Li is Senior Fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center of the Brookings Institution and William R. Kenan Professor of Government at Hamilton College. His summary is as follows: … [Read more...] about China in the Year 2020: Three Political Scenarios
Too often when we discuss Tibet, we reflexively focus our attention on the political spat between the CCP and the Dalai Lama. However, Tibet is much more than the current political spat. For one thing: there is the people; the indigenous culture; the land - and of course the important environmental role the Tibetan Plateau plays in regional as well as global environment. The … [Read more...] about Climate Change: Tibetan Plateau in Peril
Whatever your views on the proper role of government in societal, cultural, and economic affairs, few would argue against the government's role (if not duty) in helping to confront the myriad environmental problems facing modern industrialized societies. … [Read more...] about Beijing's New Air Pollution Control Measures
According to an article from the Wall Street Journal two weeks ago, China will face three major problems in the coming years. The problems involve: the nation's changing demographics, the increasing strain on energy and environmental resources, and widening social inequalities between the rich and poor. … [Read more...] about China's Hazy Future?