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Tiny Robot Monk Disseminates Wisdom At Chinese Buddhist Temple

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.22.2016 | Religion

A Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing has decided to ditch traditional ways and use technology to attract followers. Longquan temple says it h...

New Yorkers for Hillary -- Her Experience, Success, Passion, and Compassion, Make Us Proud

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

On April 19th New Yorkers' have the chance to make Hillary Rodham Clinton the nominee of the Democratic Party. All of us New Yorkers, no matter where we live, whose hearts will always belong to New York, know they will do this resoundingly.

China's Dual Economic and Environmental Crises Present an Opportunity for Green Growth

Margot Song | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
Margot Song

Concerns over China's economic and environmental crises should not be dismissed quickly. But they also present an opportunity. China's modern history could very well be that of an environmental revolution.

China-Cuba Relations Remain Unaffected By 'Third Party'

Taylor Butch | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
Taylor Butch

With U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations officially restored, albeit far from ideal, how does this curveball impact China-Cuba relations?

China and Gambia Reestablish Diplomatic Ties

Taylor Butch | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Taylor Butch

On March 17, China and the Islamic Republic of Gambia signed a communique to resume diplomatic ties, effective immediately. China and Gambia, a small...

Hillary Clinton's Uplifting Vision for Our Future

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

On Saturday the voters of South Carolina gave Hillary Clinton a huge victory sending her into Super Tuesday with the wind at her back. Hillary earned victory because the people of South Carolina know her; they trust she will have their backs when she is President.

Weekend Roundup: Politicizing the 'Rule Of Law' in China -- And the U.S.

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Ironies abound. While America is engaged in a bitter partisan battle during this election season over who will control the "non-partisan" U.S. Supreme Court, China's Communist Party authorities are arresting lawyers in the name of establishing the "rule of law." (continued)

There’s A Good Reason 1 Million People In This City Live Underground

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.19.2016 | World

An estimated 1 million people live underground in small basement dwellings and former bomb shelters in Beijing -- a living situation that might seem i...

Weekend Roundup: Mutiny Against the Status Quo

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

At this stage in the American election season it is far from clear, despite early wins and losses, who the presidential nominees will be. As Julian Baggini writes, what is certain is that America, like much of Europe, is experiencing a mutiny against the status quo. The populist revolt against political and economic elites is spreading across borders everywhere except -- so far -- East Asia, where the prospects of the average person have risen instead of fallen over the past decade. (continued)

Weekend Roundup: The Pope Blesses China

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.07.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Many seem to fear the rise of China as a challenge to the West. Not Pope Francis. In a remarkable interview published this week in Asia Times, he takes the long view, transcending contemporary geopolitics and embracing the return of the Middle Kingdom's ancient civilization to the global stage as enriching for us all. (continued)

Modi's Quest to Achieve India's Great Power Status

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Indian Prime Minister Modi invited French President Hollande to be the guest of honor at India's Republic Day Celebrations in New Delhi last month. The seat is generally reserved for, and used by the office of the Prime Minister as, a signal of close and important state ties.

To Students and Millennials: Take Another Look at Hillary Clinton

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

You may find when you go to caucus on Monday you will stand with others in your community and help make Hillary Clinton the nominee of the Democratic Party.

Weekend Roundup: The Bitter Fruits of the Arab Spring

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

The tragic outcome of the Arab Spring doesn't get any less bitter with time. The repercussions of that pan-Arab rebellion five years ago are still traumatizing the region and the world. (continued)

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

Two Brothers Follow Their College Dreams To China And U.S.

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 01.28.2016 | World

BEIJING -- Ding Xuanyu and Ding Xuancheng were born just a few minutes apart and are separated by one Chinese character in their names. The twin broth...

Photographer Brings Beijing's Lost History Back To Life

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.26.2016 | World

Fascinated by Beijing's history, photographer Simon Song set out on a mission last year to teach his fellow citizens a history lesson.. albeit an aest...

Weekend Roundup: 5 Million Jobs Lost to Robots and Inequality Too Vast to Last

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

As global elites gathered in Davos this week, the World Economic Forum released a daunting survey that estimates that 5 million jobs will be lost across the world in coming years to robotic automation. Oxfam also reported this week that 62 ultra-rich individuals held as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet -- inequality too vast to last. While globalization and rapid technological advance empower some with unprecedented possibilities, they dispossess others, causing growing gaps in power and wealth that lead in turn to fear, resentment and violence. In this one world a race is on between the two consequences of change. As Jo Confino writes from Davos, "rapid advances in technology are pulling the world in opposite directions."(continued)

Is It Time For America to Surrender Taiwan?

Peter Navarro | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

Last week's landslide election of Tsai Ing-wen to Taiwan's presidency represents the strongest repudiation of China's authoritarian claim to the island since Lee Teng-hui became Taiwan's first democratically-elected president in 1996.

How A Pop Star Became The Center Of The China-Taiwan Contoversy

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.18.2016 | World

When Taiwan's first-ever female president took the podium for her victory speech after Saturday's election, she made a surprising callout: a teenage p...

Weekend Roundup: A Pattern of Crises Connects Cologne and Istanbul

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.15.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Even before the "Night of Shame" on New Year's Eve in Cologne further fueled an already fervent anti-foreigner backlash, German leaders were desperately looking to Turkey to stem the flow of refugees headed to Europe from the war-torn Mideast. Now 10 German tourists have lost their lives at the foot of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. They are the victims of yet another suicide bombing by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in the wake of Turkey's decision last July to allow U.S. warplanes to fly from its soil to attack militant positions in Syria. Along the old route of the Orient Express, violence and disorder are weaving an interrelated and self-reinforcing pattern of crises that will be hard to unravel. (continued)

See 3 Years' Worth Of Air Pollution Drift Across The Beijing Sky

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 01.15.2016 | World

Beijing -- Pollution in this city has been the subject of complaint, satire and even international diplomatic disputes. Accusations have been traded, ...

Get off the Tut-Tut!

Todd Buchholz | Posted 01.13.2016 | Travel
Todd Buchholz

He looked like a little man, stooped and unthreatening. He even smiled, though his teeth looked like tombstones. My daughter Victoria and I needed a ride back to the hotel after an evening of admiring snakes on a stick at the Beijing night market.

The Latest Threats to Freedom in Hong Kong

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 01.09.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

While the main trend in Berlin after the Wall came down was for all of the city to become influenced by the freer public sphere that existed on the Checkpoint Charlie side, in Hong Kong, the opposite kind of trend, that of a free zone getting more constrained rather than a controlled becoming less controlled.

Weekend Roundup: Realpolitik Destabilizes the World

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

What lurks behind the incapacity to resolve the destabilizing crises of North Korea's latest nuclear test and Saudi Arabia's frontal clash with Iran are the realpolitik considerations of Russia, China and the United States. (continued)

How China Is (Surprise!) Winning Its War On Air Pollution

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 01.07.2016 | World

Don’t let the "red alerts," smog-shrouded buildings or blotted-out sun fool you: Beijing and China on the whole appear to be gaining real ground in ...