China

China in Revolution and War

China in Revolution and War

Brookings Institute, 17 January 2013

TO: President Obama

FROM: Cheng Li

China poses a major policy challenge to the United States largely because of the unpredictable trajectory of both its domestic transformation and foreign relations. While there has been much attention paid to China’s rapid economic rise and growing international clout, two other scenarios have been overlooked: domestic revolution and foreign war.

Japan's PM Courts Old Dangers

Japan's PM Courts Old Dangers

By Wieland Wagner

Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan

17 January 2013

Japan's once and current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is determined to restore his country to its former greatness. But instead of focusing on its ailing economy, the nationalist leader is talking tough with its much stronger neighbors.

Before Japan's newly elected prime minister took office, he made a pilgrimage to the graves of his ancestors in Yamaguchi Prefecture, in southwestern Japan. He lit incense sticks and pressed his hands together in front of his chest. Then he told his supporters what he had pledged to the dead: "This time, I am determined to fulfill the mission."

Ex-CIA analyst spots mysterious Chinese grids via Google Earth

Ex-CIA analyst spots mysterious Chinese grids via Google Earth

BY NATASHA LENNARDJAN 10, 2013

Former CIA analyst Allen Thompson is no stranger to Google Earth exploration. According to Wired’s Noah Schachtman, Thompson “has made something of a second career finding odd stuff in public satellite imagery. He discovered… giant grids etched into the Chinese desert in 2011, and a suspected underground missile bunker in Iran in 2008.” Last month, he made another discovery, but he’s not quite sure of what.

China's strategic focus with Russia, an opportunity for Asia

China's strategic focus with Russia, an opportunity for Asia

Pravda, 4 December 2012

With global political scenarios changing with a rapid pace, China has been high on its heels in pursuit of increasing influence in the region. The amount of recent investment by Beijing on military and naval technology is more than what it used to be in the past. With successful inauguration of its first major aircraft carrier, it seems China wants to flex its wings more than ever in order to improvise on the power vacuum that the world is currently facing due to a series of ongoing wars and conflicts.

China's Laissez-Faire Authoritarians

China's Laissez-Faire Authoritarians

The National Interest, 30 November 2012

In America a city of more than six million would be famous. In China such a metropolis is humdrum. So it is with Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, which lies some 110 miles southwest of Shanghai.

Chinese Democracy Is No Goal

Chinese Democracy Is No Goal

The National Interest, 23 November 2012

The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has selected the country’s next leaders. The leadership transition, however, will be formalized only with the consent of the National People’s Congress (NPC)—a puppet parliament with highly predictable voting patterns. Officially the highest state body in China, the NPC is mostly a showcase of democratic mimicry.

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