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June 10, 2009
Below the Surface
The 20th anniversary earlier this month of the Tiananmen tragedy has given China-watchers an opportunity to take stock of their analyses over the past two decades. And, given the recent media and policy attention lavished on China’s maritime ambitions, it is worth looking back at Western studies of the Chinese navy and its impressive advances in recent years. However, a closer look at many of those predictions shows, at best, a patchy record of success – and, at worst, some worrying analytical shortcomings.
Below the Surface
June 04, 2009
Tiananmen: The Crime of Silence
The Diplomat’s China correspondent Kathleen McLaughlin considers why the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre is a topic for discussion everywhere but China.
Tiananmen: The Crime of Silence
June 02, 2009
Is China's Patience With North Korea Wearing Thin?
With North Korea’s latest acts of defiance again grabbing the world’s attention – an underground nuclear test last week and several missile firings – all eyes have turned to China to rein in its secretive neighbour.
Is China's Patience With North Korea Wearing Thin?
May 10, 2009
China's Maritime Missile Threat
Last month was the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). At the naval parade held to commemorate the event, in front of delegations from 29 countries, PLAN Commander General Wu Shengli declared that Beijing intended to build aircraft carriers, spurring widespread speculation over China’s blue-water ambitions.
China's Maritime Missile Threat
May 07, 2009
Hong Kong Cinema in the 21st Century
Two years ago, Hong Kong marked the 10th anniversary of its reunification with China with the usual fanfare and fireworks, and perhaps some relief – if not satisfaction – that 10 years had indeed passed.
Hong Kong Cinema in the 21st Century
May 07, 2009
Hong Kong: Gateway to China
In stand-alone terms, Hong Kong’s statistics are impressive. It was the world’s 12th largest trading economy in 2007, with a GDP in excess of US$200 billion.
Hong Kong: Gateway to China
Bioterrorism in Asia
May 07, 2009
Bioterrorism in Asia
The dramatically titled World at Risk report released in December 2008 by a US congressional commission predicting that a bioterrorist attack is likely in the next five years may have been aimed primarily at a domestic American audience, but it has also served to remind Asian nations of their vulnerability.
Bioterrorism in Asia
May 07, 2009
Hong Kong's Business Climate
Hong Kong’s strong institutional framework, location and flexible workforce have positioned it as an ideal place to do business in Asia, particularly as an entry into mainland China.
Hong Kong's Business Climate
May 07, 2009
Inside the Axis of Evil
Living in Kemalist Turkey is instructive in how a country can nourish a Great Leader cult and still veer short of dictatorship.
Inside the Axis of Evil
December 22, 2008
Asian Space Race
India’s launch in late October 2008 of its first lunar mission marked its ascendancy to an elite group of nations.
Asian Space Race
December 22, 2008
China in 2008
A once-in-a-hundred-year snowstorm marked an ominous beginning for a supposedly magnificent year for China.
China in 2008
November 01, 2008
The Reds under the bed have emerged with their pockets full of cash.
America has made a mighty effort to destroy capitalism, and China is taking the opportunity to save it.
The Reds under the bed have emerged with their pockets full of cash.
October 30, 2008
Seaborne again
Japan’s constitution may prevent it from possessing an offensive military force, but as the ships on display during the Japan Coast Guard’s 60th birthday.
Seaborne again
August 27, 2008
Tale of a thousand cities
The glowing blue ripples of China’s National Aquatic Centre – better known as the Watercube – have made the Australian-designed 2008 Olympic Games venue a Chinese icon.
Tale of a thousand cities
June 17, 2008
Once Bittern, Twice Shy
China’s public signage, as the friends of many serial email forwarders have discovered is second perhaps only to that of Japan in its ability to delight, baffle, and send native English speakers into spasms of hilarity.
Once Bittern, Twice Shy
June 17, 2008
Settling the Issue
Xinjiang is a critically important region to the Chinese government. Firstly, Xinjiang’s Tarim Basin has the country’s fastest-growing oil and gas fields, and potential reserves could also make them the largest.
Settling the Issue
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