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China's "New Urbanization" Needs to Be Inclusive and Sustainable

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

If managed well, urbanization can create enormous opportunities: allowing innovation and new ideas to emerge, saving energy, land and natural resources, managing climate and the risk of disasters. Globally, almost 80 percent of GDP is generated in cities. It will be difficult for any country to reach middle-income status and beyond without getting urbanization right. Urbanization creates opportunities. But cities also consume around 70 percent of the world's energy and account for nearly 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

India Is in a Jam As Elections Approach

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

The world's largest democracy is set to go to the polls from April 7 to May 15. At stake is nothing less than its much-lauded position as an emerging economic powerhouse and its much-hoped-for transformation into a bulwark of modern, liberal, democracy. India's stunning economic growth over the past 25 years marked the first time in centuries, if not ever, that the average Indian was truly been able to change his life and lot. This was the greatest wonder of the economic reforms India kicked off in 1985 and embraced more seriously in 1991. It felt then like a new superhighway that would speed India directly to superpowerdom was being conceived and built by South Block, as the Indian prime minister's office is unobtrusively called.

The Empress of China Inaugurated the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Patrick Mendis | Posted 05.21.2014 | World
Patrick Mendis

On George Washington's birthday in 1784, a ship called the Empress of China linked the United States to China. After 230 years later, could President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) be a natural follow-up? After Canada and Mexico, America's third largest export market is China. With his TPP, Obama envisions greater access for the U.S. to the Pacific Rim region -- with the strategic goal of eventually integrating China into the pact, just as President Bill Clinton brought China into the World Trade Organization.

End The Culture Of Impunity Over Sexual Violence

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 05.18.2014 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

As anchored in the UN Charter, the founding fathers of the UN expressed their determination to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war and reaffirmed the faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person. Based on this spirit, continuous efforts have been placed to promote human rights and democracy across the world since the inception of the United Nations. This is the right path into the future. However, we have to recognize the daunting challenge ahead of us on this journey. This is why the Human Rights Council must play a central role to ensure the success for mainstreaming human rights in the United Nations.

Despite Accidents And Huge Costs, Japan's Nuclear Industry Remains Influential

Posted 03.12.2014 | World

By Douglas Birch, R. Jeffrey Smith and Jake Adelstein, Center for Public Integrity TOKYO — When Taro Kono was growing up as the son of a major ...

Rem Koolhaas: How China Plans To Inhabit Its Future

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

Rem Koolhaas is the Pritzker Prize winning architect of such buildings as the CCTV tower in Beijing and an urban theorist whose books include "S M L X...

Sorry for Nothing

Ian Buruma | Posted 05.11.2014 | World
Ian Buruma

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is once again stirring Asia's cauldron of national rivalries and historical resentments. This time, he has instructed a committee of historians to reexamine the official apology delivered in 1993 to World War II-era sex slaves held in Japanese military brothels. It is clear from various recent statements that some of Abe's closest advisers believe that the apology was not in order, so the committee might well conclude that Japan was never officially involved in prostitution, and that its "sincere remorse" should therefore be withdrawn. What perverse reason could Abe have for pursuing such an outcome?

The Irresistible Target?

Center For Public Integrity | Douglas Birch, R. Jeffrey Smith and Jake Adelstein, | Posted 03.13.2014 | World

By Douglas Birch, R. Jeffrey Smith and Jake Adelstein, Center for Public Integrity ROKKASHO, Japan — Sporting turquoise-striped walls and massive...

Why is the West Seen as the Greatest Threat? From Asia, the Answer's Clear

Chandran Nair | Posted 05.10.2014 | World
Chandran Nair

A recent Gallup survey of respondents from 65 countries suggests that America is now seen as the country that poses the "greatest threat to world peace today." In fact, more people picked the U.S. than Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea and Pakistan combined.

China Moves to End Its Co-dependency with U.S.

Stephen Roach | Posted 05.07.2014 | World
Stephen Roach

China is locked on a course that will transform it from surplus saving to saving absorption -- no longer inclined to lend its capital to the United States but increasingly focused on putting its savings to work in building a social safety net and funding the wherewithal of its own populace. Long the world's ultimate producer, China is now determined to emerge as consumer, too.

Are Ethnic Tensions On The Rise In China?

ChinaFile | Posted 03.03.2014 | World

A ChinaFile Conversation On December 31, President Xi Jinping appeared on CCTV and extended his “New Year’s wishes to Chinese of all ethni...

The Five Reasons Why China Works

Zhang Weiwei | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Zhang Weiwei

China is still faced with many daunting challenges ranging from corruption to regional income gaps and environmental degradation. But China is indeed better than at anytime in its modern history. The country is now the world's largest laboratory for economic, social and political experimentation. There is every reason to believe that China, which has a continuously adaptive political system, will reach its objective of becoming the world's largest economy in a decade's time -- with all the implications for China itself and for the rest of the world at large.

Keep The Baby And Get Rid Of The Bath Water: What India Can Learn From China

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.24.2014 | World

"Democracy may prevent famines in India, but China is better at investing in education and infrastructure." Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Pri...

Ominous Dance of Indian Democracy

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 04.26.2014 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

What gives this rising tide of intolerance in India an ominous ring is the failure of the executive, police and judicial establishments to bring the vandals to justice. The fear of earning their wrath indeed permeates all levels of governance. In the process, what is central to the very idea of India -- a celebration of its bewildering diversity -- runs the risk of rapid emasculation.

China's Way to Happiness

ChinaFile | Ian Johnson | Posted 02.20.2014 | World

Richard Madsen is one of the modern day founders of the study of Chinese religion. A professor at the University of California San Diego, the 73-y...

If Asia Wants to Prosper, Don't Listen to the IMF

Chandran Nair | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Chandran Nair

Asia's still developing economies should be shielded from the caprice of so-called global investors who might pick up and leave at a moment's notice, leaving local businesses starved of capital.