February 2, 2013

The Chinese Dragon Is Trembling

Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

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Which is not to say a challenge is coming soon: I was told the Communist party has perhaps two or three decades in which to reform. The regime that rules China is mighty indeed. But the dragon seems to be trembling within.

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January 29, 2013
North Korea Tests China and the World
Shim Jae Hoon, Yale Global
Repeating the past, North Korea's young ruler Kim Jong Un has threatened the US and South Korea with dire consequences for opposition to the nation's missile adventurism. In a break from the past, Kim issued thinly disguised... more ››
January 29, 2013
Can China Keep Growing This Rapidly?
Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum
There was much breathless speculation towards the end of last year about whether China’s growth was running out of puff. The cooler heads warned that there was still a lot of momentum left and that, independently of... more ››
January 29, 2013
Anti-Japan Propaganda Handcuffs Beijing
Frank Ching, Japan Times
The territorial dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands in the East China Sea continues to worsen, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning Beijing not to try to change the status quo in which the... more ››
January 29, 2013
Philippines' Aquino Bravely Takes On China
William Pesek, Bloomberg
Say what you want about Benigno Aquino, but the Philippine president has some brass. First he arrested predecessor Gloria Arroyo on corruption charges and ousted her Supreme Court chief justice. Then he took on the powerful... more ››
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