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Thailand's future under King Rama X: lessons from three Asian countries

The Conversation Global | Posted 12.03.2016 | World
The Conversation Global

Buddhist monks pray in front of a picture of Thailand's new king at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok on December 1. Jorge Silva/Reuters Patrick Jory, The Un...

Weekend Roundup: American Democracy's Downside Parallels China's 'Bad Emperor' Problem

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.11.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Donald Trump, a xenophobe and liar with no governing experience, could become the leader of the world’s most powerful nation after next week’s Ame...

Ten Ideas for the Next President for Dealing with China

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.31.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

How well the country navigates these rough waters will determine whether and when it fulfills its potential by combining the world's largest population, economy, and military.

China Isn't America, But Sometimes They Look A Bit Alike

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.05.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

It's always exciting to visit the PRC. But it is most interesting to learn about China, which is vastly larger, more complex, and humane than the nominal communist state which still rules. It's impossible to predict what China will ultimately become. Most important is that it becomes free, consigning today's authoritarian regime to history's dustbin. Then the people of China will be able to decide their own future.

Decoding China-U.S. Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Citizens of any nation will naturally rally around their flag when they believe they are under attack, have been offended, or want to flex their muscl...

Which Of History's Megalomaniacs Is Trump Most Like?

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

On this morning after Donald J. Trump made his first entrance into the Republican National Convention in a scene that made it look like he was descending to us from heaven, the thoughts of one who has recently been on a trip in China and its subjugated territory of Tibet turn to a consideration of the Trump phenomenon in the light of China's past and present.

Remembering the Cultural Revolution: Mao's Mangoes and Beyond

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Jemimah Steinfeld

Wei remembers clearly the first time she tried a mango. She was six years old, from Dalian in north-east China, and just as she bit into the fruit her parents told her that it was the deceased leader Chairman Mao.

Tracking China's Political Change Through Dazibao Posters

ADST | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
ADST

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Can Authoritarian China Keep its Economic Miracle Going?

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.29.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

China has come far. But it has even further to go. Where it ends up is likely to depend on whether the government comes to trust its people and becomes accountable to them. If not, the 21st Century is unlikely to end up as the Chinese Century.

History and Rehabilitation in China: A Vigorous Little Man Who Helped Shake a Nation

Jim Laurie | Posted 11.23.2016 | World
Jim Laurie

I first met him at the Great Hall of the People in 1982. "Met" is the wrong word. Encountered is better. He was waiting for a visiting foreign dignitary. I was on the other side of a red rope with a gaggle of other reporters. But I could see that he was different from other Chinese leaders.

Job Fairs in China: Seeking Foreign Teachers, Radio Hosts and Old Men for Photo Spreads

Jim Laurie | Posted 11.20.2016 | World
Jim Laurie

It is good to be back in the Chinese capital. For the first time in 37 years of visiting China, I attended a job fair here last week: a job fair for what the Chinese call "Waiguo Zhuanjia" -- "foreign experts."

The Time U.S. Diplomats and Mao Were Equally Confused

ADST | Posted 11.16.2016 | World
ADST

In 1944, John Service, Colonel David Barrett, and a small group of diplomats and military staff went to Yenan to learn more about the Chinese Communists and the community they set up there.

China's Propaganda Posters Illustrate Chinese Communism's Bouts with Insanity

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.07.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center should be on the "to see" list of anyone visiting the city. You'll be simultaneously fascinated and appalled by what the Chinese have gone through--and thankful that you have not!

Be Tough, Not Stupid, In Dealing with China

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.16.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

U.S. policy toward the People's Republic of China is an important political issue. Trade, proliferation, human rights, cyberwar, security, and more are at stake in how the existing superpower and emerging great power get along in coming years.

From China to America and Back Again

Frank H. Wu | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

In an era of American anxiety about what until recently was called "the Orient," his survey of the subject shows how our apprehensions endure, always underneath the surface of diplomacy and etiquette.

China Transformed, but Can Autocracy Survive Changing Generations?

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.10.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

While there are American-style liberals in China, some intellectuals and others view freedom through a different, and they say Chinese, prism. Some reject U.S.-style democracy without exactly affirming CCP-led autocracy. Everyone wants to be heard, but they don't necessarily want everyone else, especially the rural masses, to be heard.

The Secret Maoist Chinese Operation That Conquered Malaria -- and Won a Nobel

The Conversation US | Posted 10.06.2016 | World
The Conversation US

At the height of the Cultural Revolution, Project 523 -- a covert operation launched by the Chinese government and headed by a young Chinese medical researcher by the name of Tu Youyou -- discovered what has been the most powerful and effective anti-malarial drug therapy to date.

Enduring China-Japan Hatreds Risk Renewed Conflict Involving U.S.

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.04.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

While the U.S. and Japan have no aggressive designs on China, Beijing understandably looks uneasily at the alliance of its old enemy with the globe's dominant power. Thus, China is developing a military capable of confronting American as well as Japanese military action, no easy task.

Will Beijing's War Against Free Expression Destroy China's Economic Dynamism and Political Stability?

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Adults who lived through the Cultural Revolution are only too aware of the mercurial horror of past Communist rule. A high school student told me that his father urged him to study in America because of the restrictions on freedom.

Let's Talk About Male Hormones

Lori Day | Posted 08.14.2016 | Women
Lori Day

There are good things about testosterone, like the way it builds strong bones and muscles, or makes guys grow sexy chest hair. But I'm seeing a pattern to violence and aggression and the clouded judgment that unleashes that angry poison onto the world, namely that it is usually male.

Elliot Horne's Hiptionary: Dig We Must!

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

Elliot Horne, whose clock sadly stopped in 1989 when he was 67, was an 18-carat cat. He didn't have boatloads of biz juice and wasn't a major breadmaker. But he was a sweet scratcher with Cornynesque language chops and a Lundvallian devotion to jazz.

Is Iran Too Evil to Talk to?

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Iran's deplorable record is not a reason to walk away. It is the very reason we must hammer out a iron-clad agreement to ensure Iran cannot get it's hands on a nuclear bomb.

Decoding Xi Jinping's 'Four Comprehensives': The Decision for Discipline (and Law?)

Ryan Mitchell | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Ryan Mitchell

On February 25, China's state media began the widespread rollout of President Xi Jinping's new ideological directive. With this contribution to the ruling Communist Party's stock of guiding concepts in political philosophy, Xi has passed an important milestone.

China's Most Sensational Trial in Decades: Will It Be Political or Legal?

Minxin Pei | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Minxin Pei

Given the fact that Zhou also happened to be a political adversary of President Xi, and lost a vicious power struggle on the eve of China's leadership transition in 2012, there are lingering doubts about the motives behind sending this "mega-tiger" (a corrupt top Chinese leader) to jail.

If China Aspires to Global Leadership, It Should Bury Mao

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

His brutal, unpredictable dictatorship has disappeared, but in its place has emerged a blander, more prosaic and bureaucratic authoritarian system. Still, the Chinese people remain in chains, though their fetters now are gold and silver.