The reasons behind the Chinese and Russia veto are clear. Alas, what's also clear is that it will worsen the violence in Syria, which, in turn, will increase the opposition's vengefulness when the regime falls.
Sure, there's bad news about China: pollution, corruption, the hounding and jailing of dissidents, etc. But overshadowing such reportage is the grander theme of a China on the move and on the make, poised to reshape the world.
Chinese writer and activist Zhu Yufu was charged with publishing a provocative poem this past week (the official charge was "inciting subversion of state power"). Zhu's poem is entitled "It's Time," and here it is in translation.
Executions are merely the most violent manifestation of this inequity and injustice in the land, a failure to come to terms with bad habits and the demons of an American past that continue to torment us today.
What will Hu Jianto and President Obama discuss during his visit? The dire case of Chen Guangcheng, whose life hangs in the balance, the millions of lives China's One-Child Policy is "preventing" -- or simply business?
One of China's most prolific, interesting, and hard to pigeon-hole authors, Yu Hua, is on a book tour in the U.S., promoting his latest work (the English language edition comes out next week), a collection of essays titled China in Ten Words.
Though China has earned a reputation as the world's preeminent sweatshop, young workers are starting to understand that they deserve equitable pay for the "cheap" labor that foreign capital readily exploits.
This country's lingering wars, its Tea Party policies, economic inequality and entrenched corporate power mean it has not fully learned the lessons left by the man we memorialize on the National Mall -- with a statue designed by a Chinese sculptor.