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What China Learned From Russia

Now that the 18th Party Congress has come to a close and China’s new leaders have taken up their posts it’s time see whether or not they have the political capital and aptitude to implement the economic reforms that both economists and China’s own leaders recognize the country desperately needs. Unfortunately, newly appointed members of top Party posts face a conflict of interests problem. Continue reading

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U.S. President Obama Addresses Pressing Issues at East Asia Summit

Recently reelected United States (U.S.) President Barack Obama met this week with East Asian leaders at the 7th East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as part of a broader Asia tour. The President used the opportunity to promote American economic interests and tackle vital regional issues. Continue reading

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China: New Leaders, Old Policy

On November 8th, 270 delegates of the Chinese Communist Party will gather in Beijing for the 18th Party Congress, where the next generation of China’s leaders will take office. This opaque process and the heavily censored personal histories of the new leaders have left China watchers and other governments wondering what foreign policies China’s next generation of leaders will pursue. They should look for answers in China’s past practice. Continue reading

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The Economic Costs of China’s Anti-Japanese Sentiment

During the outbreak of anti-Japanese sentiment throughout China, it has become increasingly clear that the costs for regional business and Sino-Japanese economic ties are rapidly rising. While the political and nationalistic consequences of this situation remain central to regional harmony, the impact on China and Japan’s economic relationship should not be forgotten. Continue reading

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As Chinese Influence Grows, India Intensifies Defence Ties With The Maldives

Sep. 17 – During a high-level meeting on Sunday in the Maldivian capital of Male, India and the Republic of Maldives agreed to measures that will see the intensification of their defence and security cooperation. Indian Defence Minister A K Antony met with his Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Nazim, where both nations pledged to create a united front to battle the challenges presented by terrorists and non-state actors. The main areas in which India and the Maldives will increase their cooperation include regional counter-terrorism, anti-piracy and maritime security in the Indian Ocean.

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China’s Shadow Looms Over Clinton’s Asian Trip

By Richard Colapinto Sept. 6 – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in China on Tuesday for two days of meetings with top officials where she is expected to discuss a wide range of issues including the disputes between China and its neighbors over uninhabited islands in the South China Sea. Clinton is on an eleven day, six nation trip to Asia that could be her last if she steps down at the end of the Obama Administration’s first term. The visit is meant to convoy the United States’ commitment to the economic and security issues in Asia encapsulated … Continue reading

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India Sends Message to Washington from Tehran

By Abhijit Iyer-Mitra Sept. 1 – The Nonaligned Movement has historically been seen as something of a talk fest—high on statements, missing in action and lacking in cohesion. This week’s summit in Tehran, while mostly living up to the stereotype, was nevertheless important because of what was not said. Of the 120 member states, only twenty-nine sent their heads of government to Iran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose a reasonably befuddled topic as the theme of the summit—”Lasting peace through joint global governance”—as if either of those will ever materialize. But in spite of one expensive exercise in whispering sweet nothings, … Continue reading

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