Chinese civil society
The Economist magazine has two excellent articles on the rise of civil society in China.
International media face growing restrictions in China
Conditions for foreign journalists working in China have gone from bad to worse over the past year, with the Chinese authorities increasingly seeking to influence coverage by intimidating reporters and their interview subjects, barring journalists from large portions of the country or by withholding visas and blocking the websites of overseas news outlets, according to a report issued on Friday by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China.
Japan's extreme right wing
Fifteen of the 19 members in Japan's new cabinet belong to Nippon Kaigi, the “Japan Conference,” a nationalistic right-wing group that was all but unknown until recently, writes the New York Times.
China's murky capitalism
Many China watchers will tell you about the rise of the new private sector in China. But the case of Alibaba highlights the often murky ties between elite Communist Party families and the private sector.
Social Media Aids Flood Victims in Kashmir
The Indian government has been using social media to help flood victims in Kashmir.
China's Environmental Awakening
Looking back years from now, 2013 could be regarded as a tipping point, the year China as a nation became environmentally engaged, argues Daniel K. Gardner.
India's Narendra Modi
The Economist of May 24 has an excellent set of articles on India's new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Helping China's doves
China is on the verge of destroying its geopolitical miracle.
But neither the country, nor the government, is monolithic. There are both hawks and doves in the Chinese establishment. The West should help the doves, writes Kishore Mahbubani.
Chinese economy not out of the woods
CHINA'S growth might have picked up slightly in the second quarter as a burst of government stimulus kicked in, but the world's second-largest economy is not out of the woods just yet, writes the Straits Times.
Europe’s pivot to Asia
In recent years, the US and Australia have both made very public declarations of their focus on Asia, with President Barack Obama’s pledge to become a ‘Pacific power’ and thelocal release of the Australia in the Asian Century white paper. However, behind the headlines, a more subtle shift towards the east has been emerging in Europe.
Shadow of War Darkens Vietnam/China Relations
Shadow of Brutal ’79 War Darkens Vietnam’s View of China Relations, writes the New York Times.
Chinese Labor Camp Gets a New Lease on Life
An Infamous Chinese Labor Camp Gets a New Lease on Life, writes the Epoch Times.
Indian support for Tibetan exiles runs deep
Support for Tibetan exiles runs deep in Indian society, regardless of the political party, reports the New York Times.
China's new enemy -- Windows 8
China's powerful state-run television broadcaster criticized Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 8 operating system in a national news show on Wednesday, adding to the software maker's challenges in a traditionally tough market.
China won't lead Asian Century
China won't lead Asian Century, according to Harvard's Regina Abrami.
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