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    Chen Guangcheng: A Profile in Courage

    The Heritage Foundation had the honor of hosting noted Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng on January 30. He made several observations regarding the state of human rights in China. In Washington to accept an award from the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, Chen then visited The Heritage … More

    North Korea Defies with Nuclear Test

    Pyongyang again disobeyed international efforts to rein in the recalcitrant regime by conducting its third nuclear test. North Korea announced it successfully conducted a test of a “miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously.” Coupled with its successful launch of a long-range missile in December 2012, … More

    U.S.–China Trade: Don’t Let the Numbers Fool You

    The numbers for America’s trade in 2012 came out on Friday and, as usual, China is prominent. America’s goods trade deficit with China broke the $300 billion barrier, rising almost 7 percent from 2011 to $315 billion. Also, China was said to have passed the U.S. as the largest trading … More

    Free Trade Twist: China No Longer Cheapest Labor

    As wages in China rise with economic growth, some companies are beginning to look elsewhere for what was once China’s selling point: cheap labor. It just highlights the power that free trade provides—growing economies and raising living standards. Consider that wages in China are five times greater than they were … More

    Chinese Hackers Target U.S. Newspapers

    For more than four months, hackers based in the People’s Republic of China have been attacking The New York Times, the paper reported last week. The cyber attacks started on October 25, 2012—the same day the Times published an investigative piece illuminating the wealth the family of China’s Prime Minister … More

    New Zealand: A Renewed Commitment to Freedom

    Many Americans would recognize New Zealand’s dramatic landscape from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and more recently, The Hobbit – especially the idyllic free country known as The Shire, a place that survives the turmoil around it by remaining courageously true to its principles. Perhaps even more dramatic … More

    Chuck Hagel Must Answer Chinese Challenge to U.S. Space Dominance

    When Congress holds hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense, they should pay close attention to his position on U.S. space capabilities. As Secretary of Defense, he would have responsibility for ensuring that the U.S. maintains the ability to access space as necessary, a position that is increasingly … More

    China Escalates Military Activity Around Japan, Senkakus

    Over the past year, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been increasingly assertive regarding its various maritime claims—both in the South China Sea with various Southeast Asian states, as well as in the East China Sea—with America’s Japanese ally. Part of this effort has seen a larger, more constant … More

    Atrocities in Burma a Reminder of Human Rights Concerns

    Over the past month, violence between the Burmese government and the Kachin, a small Christian minority group, has escalated. Just this week, three people were killed and at least four were wounded amid destruction that has displaced nearly 100,000. The violence is the latest episode in the ongoing conflict since … More

    Global GDP: U.S. Adds, China Subtracts

    China’s 2012 official economic numbers are due out at the end of this week and I, among others, will gently suggest that they aren’t particularly accurate. Sometimes, however, it isn’t Beijing that can’t get basic economic facts right. Sometimes it’s us. A lot of foreigners believe China is contributing a … More