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A conversation with Shaun Rein on China

January 7th, 2012 72 comments

(On January 5, 2012, I sat down with Shaun Rein, founder and Managing Director of the China Market Research Group, to talk about China. He gave us his insights into major events of 2011. In this hour-long interview, we touched on many topics: pollution, CNN and Christian Bale’s recent run-in with Chinese police, food safety, Weibo, and so on.)

YinYang:2011 was another eventful year for China. Just when her bullet train seems unstoppable, a fatal collision left the whole country in doubt. China achieved space docking, something only the U.S. and Russia have managed. Then there was Tiger Mom.

I have invited a real China expert to weigh in on these events and other events that mattered to China. What were the Chinese narratives? How did the Chinese feel about them? I couldn’t have found a better person to do this with. Read more…

Kissinger, ‘On China,’ looking for harmonies in the China-U.S. relationship

June 13th, 2011 3 comments

I continue to like how Henry Kissinger discusses the China-U.S. relationship; not in the sense that he is capable of articulating the Chinese leaders point of views but much more in a way that seeks for mutual benefits for the two countries. For example, in his discussion on MSNBC couple of weeks ago (video below), he thought a sudden U.S. withdraw from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for India and Pakistan to conduct their proxy wars with each other, and with a resurgent Al Qaeda presence would also be a destabilizing force for China’s western regions. China and U.S. are the two single largest countries, and they will tend to “inject” themselves at each other around the world purely given their sizes. As in the case with Afghanistan (and others like climate change), U.S. and China need to seek alignment.

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‘On China,’ Henry Kissinger on NPR by Neal Conan and Ted Koppel

June 8th, 2011 13 comments

Full transcript here. Also check out Allen‘s book review. Audio recording accessible through here. Kissinger’s warnings to us all must be repeated, in his answer to Conan’s following question: Read more…

Henry A. Kissinger: “Avoiding a U.S.-China cold war”

January 25th, 2011 4 comments

About a week ago, Henry Kissinger wrote an Op-Ed in the Washington Post, entitled, “Avoiding a U.S.-China cold war“. He was concerned elites within the U.S. and China pulling for confrontation. Speaking of the Hu-Obama summit, he said, “both leaders also face an opinion among elites in their countries emphasizing conflict rather than cooperation.”

If you have watched the Russia Today segment (my recent prior post), the elites on the American side favoring conflict would in fact be the military industrial complex. Back in 1961, during his famous farewell speech, former U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower warned about the military industrial complex’s “potential disastrous rise of misplaced power”:
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