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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.

The Pope Looks East Toward Russia and China

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Rumors of a plan to meet the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and of a deal with Beijing to name Catholic bishops in China signal Vatican maneuvers on the eastern front.

New Cartoons Target China's Elite Politicians With Deadly Seriousness

Sophie Beach | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Sophie Beach

Each of Chinese artist Badiucao's cartoons is an incisive comment on life in China today -- the lack of religious freedom, political oppression and the pervasiveness of Communist Party ideology.

China Has No Desire for World Leadership

C.H.Tung | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
C.H.Tung

In spite of China's enormous disadvantages, there will always be people thinking that China will one day want to lead the world. This perspective is erroneous.

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)

Inside China's Risky Gamble in the Middle East

Eric Olander | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
Eric Olander

While the strategic logic of China's desire to broaden its reach in the Middle East and North Africa is obvious, the key question is whether or not Beijing is capable of successfully navigating the region's volatile, often violent politics. Lina Benabdallah, a China-Africa scholar at the University of Florida's Center for African Studies, joins Eric & Cobus this week -- in the podcast above -- to discuss Xi's recent Mideast trip and what it says about the current direction of Chinese foreign policy.

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)

China's President Offers Praise And Billion-Dollar Deals On Egypt Trip

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.21.2016 | World

CAIRO (Reuters) - China signed investment and aid deals worth billions of dollars with Egypt during a visit by President Xi Jinping on Thursday ...

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.

Why Jailhouse Confessions Are The Hot New Thing On Chinese TV

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 01.20.2016 | World

BEIJING -- What’s the hottest new thing in Chinese prime time television? Nationally televised “confessions” from those who have cro...

Let's Elect an American President Who Focuses on the Right Things

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

In a world growing more troubled every day, leadership, and particularly American leadership, is more important than ever. That is why the election of the next U.S. president is such a serious matter. It is why so much of the world is paying close attention to how our political season is unfolding.

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)

Africa's Feeling the Chill of China's Cooling Economy

Eric Olander | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Eric Olander

Kai Xue joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss the current downward economic trends and what to expect from the Chinese-African economic relationship in 2016.

For Millions of Taiwanese Voters, Not All Roads Go Through China

J. Michael Cole | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
J. Michael Cole

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Foreign observers often look at Taiwan almost exclusively through the lens of its challenging relationship with China. But in fact, as we approach this weekend's historic election, it's clear the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party failed to propose policies to address domestic concerns and rebuild its credibility with the public.

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)

2015: A Year of China-US Competition and Cooperation

East-West Center | Posted 01.04.2016 | World
East-West Center

As in every year, 2015 in Asia was marked by natural and man-made tragedies, such as the devastating Nepal earthquake and the persecution of minorities like Myanmar's Rohingyas.

Weekend Roundup: Refugees From Global Disorder Land in Europe

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week marked an historic milestone: More than 1 million refugees and migrants fleeing the global disorder of civil war, poverty and persecution this year landed on Europe's doorstep. It is the largest crisis of displaced people since world war ravaged the European continent seven decades ago. (continued)

How to Look at China Today

C.H.Tung | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
C.H.Tung

HONG KONG -- China's leadership well recognizes that a pure economic target is not enough. A well-developed economy, a fair distribution of wealth, a decent living standard, a healthy environment, a civil and upright society and a just society governed by the rule of law -- this is China's vision for the next few decades.

Welcome to the Splinternet

Scott Malcomson | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Scott Malcomson

Americans don't want to accept that 21st-century technological life has to come at the price of total vulnerability to surveillance, nor do they want American technology companies to maintain open global networks at the price of their own personal security. Recent calls for blocking terrorists from posting on social media -- from Hillary Clinton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Google's Eric Schmidt -- reflect a growing American conviction that the state's responsibility to protect its citizens should extend to restrictions on cyber speech.

China Must Change G-20 from a 'Fire Brigade' to an Engine of Inclusive Global Growth

He Yafei | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
He Yafei

BEIJING -- The last round of scientific, technological and industrial revolution has lost its momentum. China is expected to illustrate to the world that global economic growth needs to be based in innovation to identify new engines and driving forces such as new technology, "Internet plus," new products and new sources of energy.

Poverty Remains the Arch Enemy in China

Fu Ying | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Fu Ying

BEIJING -- With the Chinese poverty line defined as $360 in annual income, there are still 70.17 million people living below that threshold -- a number larger than Great Britain's total population.

Weekend Roundup: The Nation-State Is 'Re-Bordering' Cyberspace

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.19.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

Google and Facebook would love to operate in China, especially now that it has an officially confirmed netizen population of 668 million. One man stands in their way: China's all-powerful Internet czar, Lu Wei, whose official title is Minister of Cyberspace Administration. But standing behind Lu is 3000 years of Chinese political culture that is diametrically opposed to the libertarian ethos of Silicon Valley. The ideology encoded in the technological innovations of California's software engineers -- to empower the individual and dispense with governing intermediaries -- contrasts sharply with the long history of China's "institutional civilization" that, for centuries, has empowered state authorities to rule on behalf of the people. Chinese President Xi Jinping is surely right when he told the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen this week that "freedom and order are both necessary in cyberspace." But where that line is drawn makes all the difference. (continued)

China Wants to Draw Borders in Cyberspace -- But So Does Every Other Sovereign Nation

Peter Dombrowski | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
 Peter Dombrowski

China may be more explicit about "Internet sovereignty," but the U.S. and other Western nations themselves have encouraged the emergence of virtual borders as both a prudent response to the demands of civil society and as a means to promote their preferred modes of governance. China simply represents an extreme example of a much wider phenomena.

Journalists Behind Bars: 2015 Report Highlights China, Egypt

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 12.15.2015 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — China, Egypt and Iran top the list of the world's leading jailers of journalists in a new annual report by the New York-based C...