China is a great nation with extraordinary potential. But it faces equally significant challenges. It will fare better in the future with a more transparent political system. Ultimately the PRC's leaders will find it ever harder to hide the most important decisions from public view.
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel is discovering through repeated blows at the polls, when the wages of war outstrip the means of empathy, people retreat to their own suffering and better angels lose their wings. Bad faith results from good intentions if the capacity to fulfill moral claims is lacking. (continued)
The great paradox of the internet age is that ever-greater connectivity also means ever-greater capacity for surveillance -- both by governments and the private sector digital companies. In an exclusive interview with director Oliver Stone about his new movie, "Snowden," we discuss the intrusion of intelligence agencies into personal data floating around in cyberspace, as well as what Stone considers the totalitarian creep of "surveillance capitalism" by the likes of Facebook and Google, which monitor and market your online profile. (continued)
All countries like to have alternatives. They don't like to lie beholden to a single global power that tries to call the shots.
What global interdependence giveth it can also take away. As long as China's economy grew rapidly, as it did over recent decades, the demand for Brazil's iron ore, oil and soybeans generated enough rising prosperity to disguise the cracks in the democratic system of Latin America's largest country. China's slump has now exposed the malignant corruption and mismanagement that festered in the shadows of the "Brazilian miracle." (continued)
China's leaders assert a very conservative vision of Chinese culture and history, which is self-serving and does a gross disservice to the country's rich, multifaceted traditions. Western commentators must be more careful to bear this in mind.
[Only Xi and Premier Li Keqiang are expected to remain at the 13th National People's Congress, which will be held in March 2018. New spots will be oc...
After promising to slow the rise of the oceans in 2008, president Barack Obama has finally cemented his climate legacy.
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.
The G20 summit is an opportunity to make clear - to China and to all the G20 nations - that continued economic and other forms of cooperation with the U.S. government depends on their willingness to do the same.
If geopolitics can be understood as a succession of situations in which the relations among the actors constantly evolve, the chess or Go game on a world scale, the analyst has to characterize each successive configuration. In that sense, it can be argued that the current moment in global affairs is marked by a growing uncertainty and disorder.
BEIJING -- The G-20 Hangzhou summit will provide China, the host country, a unique opportunity to lead in a pivotal time for the global economy.
BEIJING -- Chinese companies, which have long been playing catch-up with their U.S. counterparts, are now leading the way. My time in the U.S. was like stepping backward in time.
By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - The G20 summit, which will focus on economic cooperation among member countries, will be held in H...
By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - Chinese President Xi Jinping will probably seek to overstay term through the governance model of D...
To a great extent, our efforts toward China will be about managing problems, not solving them. In this most important bilateral relationship in the world, we should deal with China from a position of economic and military strength.