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Weekend Roundup: Now It's NATO vs. NATO (New Anti-Terror Organization)

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.26.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The Turkish downing of a Russian jet that crossed into its territory while bombing targets in Syria complicates even further the play of contraries in an already bewildering set of Mideast conflicts. The episode introduces a fresh tension that could well pit NATO, of which Turkey is a member, against what Gopalkrishna Gandhi calls a fledgling new NATO, or New Anti-Terror Organization, that French President François Hollande is trying to organize globally in the wake of the Paris attacks. Hollande meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week. (continued)

Memories Of Torture And Hope For Redemption In A Chinese Village

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.23.2015 | World

YAOYU VILLAGE, China -- For Liu Renwang, the village where he grew up is part home and part hell. Today he lives here in a one-story brick building th...

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

Jim Laurie | Posted 11.23.2015 | 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.

How Did the American Dream Become a Chinese Possession?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

There are still places where people are talking about -- gasp! -- building up infrastructure in a big way, not defunding it and letting it crumble into dust; places where leaders are intent on thinking about how to unify worlds through commerce and trade, not smash them to smithereens via air power and drones.

Weekend Roundup: Paris Attacks Upend Concepts of War, Security and Alliances

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The attacks claimed by the self-described Islamic State in Paris have done more than spread fear across the West. They have upended our concepts of war, security and alliances in a connected yet disintegrating world -- a world in which no superpower or group of states can impose order. As the "End of Power" author Moisés Naím notes, ISIS has breached that perimeter that above all defines strong states: a monopoly over violence. It has shifted the battlefield to the soft targets of cafes and concert halls. As Lucia Annunziata writes from Italy, "The Third World War, whether you want to believe it or not, is already underway ... and Europe is its theater." The savvy of ISIS operatives has also called into question whether we can maintain both open borders and encrypted cyberspace. They have shown that distributed networks of angry youth at the margins of European society, who bond on the Internet instead of at the mosque, are beyond the reach of the drone strikes aimed at decapitating their leadership in the Mideast. As the Aspen Institute's Charlie Firestone writes in his analysis of the "guerilla cyber-warfare" declared by the Anonymous hackers against ISIS: "The Westphalian concept of sovereign nations dealing with each other as states has limited application to a world where networks are the dominant form of organization." (continued)

We Can Avoid Another Paris and Defeat ISIS If We Remember This History

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Akbar Ahmed

While bombers and aircraft carriers need to do their stuff, the problem of terrorist-related violence will not be solved by force alone. President Hollande must also engage with his alienated Muslim community with the same determination he has shown in attacking ISIS and win them over.

Weekend Roundup: Victory in Myanmar for Democracy -- On a Leash

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

Pent-up democratic aspirations were unleashed this week in Myanmar's first free election in decades, resulting in a landslide victory for Aung San Suu Kyi and her opposition party. But as Mark Famaner and Hanna Hindstrom point out, it is "democracy on a leash" as the long-standing military rulers retain a constraining foothold through the current constitutional arrangement. It remains to be seen if Suu Kyi's elected government will be "above" those constraints, as she has boldly asserted. Writing from Yangon, Ma Thida lays out the many issues in the political transition ahead. Harrison Akins reminds us that the "shadow" over Myanmar's democratic turn is the continuing persecution and discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya minority. If it stabilizes, Myanmar could have a bright future. It sits between the two fastest growing economies in the world, India and China, the second of which is revitalizing the ancient Silk Road trading route that George Yeo, Singapore's former foreign minister, sees as making Eurasia the driver of the future global economy. (continued)

How China's 'New Normal' Growth Can Be a Catalyst for the G-20

Ernesto Zedillo | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
Ernesto Zedillo

TIANJIN, China -- Enlightened self-interest should encourage China to leverage its global economic weight in the pursuit of multilateral pathways to address more effectively critical issues where international cooperation has so far proven clearly insufficient.

Under the Same Roof: China's View of Global Order

Fu Ying | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Fu Ying

BEIJING -- Debates are going on the two sides of the Pacific, in China and in the U.S., about the future world order. On the part of the U.S. the core issue is how to maintain its world dominance. Out of its natural fear of the traditional model of power transition, the U.S. is deeply concerned whether it can remain strong and whether the newly rising powers will compete for world dominance with the U.S.. So some suggest that the U.S. may need a new grand strategy.

Why Eurasia Will Drive the Global Economy in the Future

George Yeo | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
George Yeo

SINGAPORE -- This summer, for the first time, financial turmoil in China created turbulence around the world and even hit New York. This was an historic event and is a portent of things to come. Yes, China fumbled. It could have avoided certain obvious mistakes which many saw coming, but the Chinese will learn from it. What the episode shows is how the relative weights are shifting in the world way beyond just trade.

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!

Presidents Of China, Taiwan Meet For 1st Time

AP | Benjamin Hart | Posted 11.09.2015 | World

SINGAPORE (AP) — The leaders of China and Taiwan met Saturday for the first time since the formerly bitter Cold War foes split amid civi...

Weekend Roundup: The Audacity of the Chinese Dream

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.07.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

BEIJING -- The title of Barack Obama's pre-presidential biography is "The Audacity of Hope." Chinese President Xi Jinping has written his own document released this week -- The Communist Party's 13th five-year plan -- that might be titled "The Audacity of the Chinese Dream." This blueprint for China's future signals the most momentous shift in direction since the death of Mao and Deng Xiaoping's reform and opening up in 1978. Not a leader to rest on the laurels of his country's remarkable success so far in rising to the top ranks of the global economy, Xi wants to leap over the "middle-income trap" in which development becomes stuck in a low-wage manufacturing export economy. To do that, he needs to avoid, in his own words, the "Thucydides trap" of conflict between China as a rising power and the U.S. as the established power so instability does not disrupt growth prospects. (continued)

China's New Five-Year Plan Embraces the Third Industrial Revolution

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

BEIJING -- China's future development is about economic transformation. Through green growth and the application of Internet technologies, China can spur new opportunities and foster global sustainable development.

Taiwan, China Leaders To Meet For First Time Since 1949

Reuters | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.03.2015 | World

Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks with his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore on Saturday in the first such meeting of leader...

Obama Gets It Right in the South China Sea

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama sent the Navy in harm's way this week and it turned out fine. Having gotten what it's going to get, at least for now, from China, the Obama administration at last challenged China's absurd claim of sovereignty over far distant artificial islands it's built in the South China Sea.

The U.S. Must Accommodate China's Power in the Island Dispute -- Or Be Willing to Pay a High Price

Hugh White | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Hugh White

SYDNEY -- China today is a very powerful and ambitious country, led by a man who really is determined to build new model of great power relations in Asia to replace the regional order based on U.S. primacy. There are no low-risk, low-cost ways to respond to this challenge.

President Xi Jinping Admits China Has 'Room For Improvement' On Human Rights

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

Human rights advocates have criticized China's troubling human rights record for years, and on Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping agre...

China's Rise: Rhetoric and Reality

David W. Kearn | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
David W. Kearn

While it defines and defends its core interests, Beijing seems almost oblivious or unable to comprehend that other countries may also have important national interests, and that China's stated intentions and material capabilities make China a real threat to the security of other states.

Why China's Belt and Road Plan Is the Best Way to Lift the Global Economy

He Yafei | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
He Yafei

BEIJING -- It is clear that China will be one of the major economic engines in the first half of 21st century with projected outward investments of 500 billion dollars and outbound tourists of over 500 million for the next five years. "Made in China," Chinese capital, China's market and Chinese consumers will be hallmarks in the new round of economic growth of the world.

Obama's Hard Calls: South China Sea, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, Ukraine and Russia

William Bradley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As he comes to grips with his failed escalations in Afghanistan and Syria, President Barack Obama should nevertheless respond to China's escalations in the South China Sea. Fortunately, all it requires is that he direct the U.S. Navy to sail where it has legally sailed for more than a century.

Human Rights Supporters Throng Xi's Route To Buckingham Palace

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.20.2015 | World

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Human rights protesters vied with China supporters and tourists to see President Xi Jinping ride in a carriage to Buckingh...

Be Tough, Not Stupid, In Dealing with China

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.16.2015 | 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.

Feel the Bern?

Joel Epstein | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Joel Epstein

The fact is, part of the job of president is working and playing well with others be they conservative Democrats, country club Republicans, Tea Party wing nuts, progressives or global leaders like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

The Huge Trade Deal No One Is Talking About

The Hill | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics

It’s the most important international trade deal no one is talking about. Largely lost amid the furor over the recent Asia-Pacific trade deal, a...