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

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.07.2015 | 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!

Is The Thucydides Trap for the U.S. and China? A Response to Graham Allison

Mary Buffett | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Mary Buffett

This week the Atlantic Magazine published "The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?" by Graham Allison. I have a great deal of respect for Graham Allison and he lays out a series of compelling arguments. But I believe he will be proven wrong in this case.

Obama's China Syndrome

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama's China syndrome is that he seeks both to engage China and to contain China. Both are appropriate and arguably quite necessary goals for American statecraft. But they presuppose a state of creative tension between the established superpower and would-be superpower.

Watching China Wobble

Mary Buffett | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Mary Buffett

Regardless of the policy choices that Chinese leaders must face, the average Chinese citizen will not be able to go to the polls. How they choose to voice their frustration and how Chinese policymakers react will be a very interesting dance over the next 18 months.

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

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.18.2015 | 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.

6 Reasons Why Taiwan Should Be On Your Bucket List

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

Taiwan is not a typical destination for Westerners yet it is popular with Chinese visitors. Taiwan has its own President, constitution, armed forces and currency but is officially called the Republic of China (ROC) despite being part of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

The Rule of Law Is China's Challenge in the South China Sea

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The PRC has become masterful at playing the international system against itself, whether on issues related to maritime law or development finance, as has been skillfully demonstrated with the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The acquisition of energy has become a dominant influence in China's foreign policy orientation generally, and has been a driving force in its relationship with Myanmar in recent years.

Chinese Government Should Protect Religious Liberty to Promote Desire for Social Peace

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.07.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The best way to minimize political confrontations between church and state is to reduce government restraints on religion. Christians have no unified view of politics, and that is as true in China as in America. But believers everywhere agree on the importance of being allowed to worship God.

Solve North Korea Problem by Addressing China's Interests

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

At this stage Washington has little to lose from taking China's advice on how to address Pyongyang. It is time for both the U.S. and PRC to act.

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.

Chairman Ma: To Support Hong Kong Democracy, Support Taiwan's and Free Chen

Jack Healey | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

We live in a complex world and the sheer quantity of trying to keep track of things will sometimes flood the most devoted news junkie. With all of this happening, there's probably not much happening now that that Hong Kong thing or whatever it was has stopped happening, right? Wrong.

Between Autocracy and Democracy in Hong Kong: Is Compromise Possible?

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

It's impossible not to admire the protestors, who took over much of a central city district. However, the demonstrators' very passion threatens their objective.

Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.

China, the Philippines and the Rule of Law

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Can a state remain a party to a treaty or convention without being bound by its rules? Can contracting states adhere to an international legal regime and simultaneously opt out of any binding force required or to be required by that regime?

NEC in China -- It's All About Relationships

Tony Woodcock | Posted 02.06.2013 | College
Tony Woodcock

On this visit, I was once again astounded by the Chinese embrace of Western music. Consider these statistics: Thirty years after the end of the Cultural Revolution when western music was banned, approximately 40 million people are studying piano and 10 million studying violin.

Movie Review: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.25.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

What if you live in a society where the very ideas you harbor are punishable by imprisonment -- or worse? How much of being an artist becomes about simply having the courage to express your ideas in verbal or physical form?

China Moves Swiftly on New "City" Encompassing South China Sea, Gulf Crisis Simmers

William Bradley | Posted 09.23.2012 | World
William Bradley

A distracted America gives China a much freer hand as it seeks to establish dominance throughout the South China Sea. At least in theory. Bandwidth, or lack of the same on the part of the U.S., is China's ally in this situation.

Why You Should Care About Taiwan

David Millar | Posted 01.18.2012 | World
David Millar

If we were to give up Taiwan, in the way Paul Kane suggests, we might gain the whole world but forfeit our soul.

From Exile, Showing the Way Forward

Rio Helmi | Posted 10.17.2011 | World
Rio Helmi

The democratic election and swearing-in of Lobsang Sangay by the Tibetan people in exile as their prime minister and political leader are important events not just for the Tibetan people, but for spirit of democracy worldwide.

Hunt China's Endangered Animals...

Posted 10.12.2011 | Travel

Chinese authorities have issued two hunting permits to a group of seven American tourists headed to Qinghai province to stalk protected Bharal blue sh...

The Interwoven Era: The US, China and its New Aircraft Carrier

Peter Winter | Posted 09.07.2011 | World
Peter Winter

What do a rusting Russian aircraft carrier, two top-ranking military officers, mounting trade deficits and half a trillion dollars in potential oil and gas in the South China Sea have to do with world peace?

2009 - The Uyghur Human Rights Year in Review

Henryk Szadziewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Henryk Szadziewski

Should the international community ignore the conditions in East Turkestan, this would not only affect stability in Asia, but open the door to the possibility that others will follow China's non-democratic approach.

The Link Between Individuality And Health

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arthur Rosenfeld

The October 9 issue of The Week reports that during this month's gigantic celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, more than 1000 Chinese soldiers sought mental health counseling after drilling for the event.

The People's Republic of China at Sixty: The Fear of Self-Examination

Henryk Szadziewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Henryk Szadziewski

Just as Deng made a bold move to take China into an era of economic reform, Hu will have to make a bold move, by talking with dissenters to take China into an era of meaningful political reform.