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    Russia Sets Limits on U.N. Iran Sanctions

    The Obama Administration continues to talk up the prospects for strong U.N. sanctions on Iran at the same time that it is becoming increasingly clear the United States is unlikely to persuade Russia and China to approve anything stronger than a mild slap on the wrist for their Iranian friends. … More

    Heritage Foundation Asia Watchers On The Washington Nuclear Summit

    Three of The Heritage Foundation’s analysts in the Asian Studies Center provided their thoughts on the upcoming Nuclear Summit in Washington DC. Lisa Curtis: “No one can dispute the significance and urgency of the issues to be addressed at the nuclear security summit, namely that of preventing acts of nuclear … More

    Confucius to Their Enemies: China’s Investment in Public Diplomacy

    Anyone who doubts the value of money spent on competition in the world of ideas – a key aspect of public diplomacy – needs to take a look at what the Chinese are doing in this field. Aspiring to promote their own model of governance, in opposition to that of … More

    US-China Trade: Only A Temporary Reprieve

    Today’s papers give the impression of a collective exhale on U.S.-China relations. Chinese President Hu Jintao is coming to Washington for a global nuclear security summit and that means a trade war over exchange rates has been averted. However, a better term than “averted” is “postponed.” It is probably true … More

    Of Google and Governance

    Too much of the discussion of Google’s departure has focused on censorship of political ideas, as though the problem was whether a Google search of “Tiananmen” should include a 21-year old photograph of a (very brave) man standing before a line of Chinese tanks. The reality, however, is that the … More

    Bangladesh PM’s trip to China: India Watching Closely

    Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent trip to China, following close on the heels of her January trip to India, demonstrates Bangladeshi leaders are leveraging the country’s increasingly important geostrategic position vis-à-vis Asia’s two rising powers.  India is watching closely and with a certain degree of concern China’s growing interest … More

    Obama: A Domestic LBJ?

    A President presides over an unpopular war, while pursuing domestic goals that are the centerpiece of his actual interest. He is forced to choose between focusing his attention on developments overseas, and pushing through major domestic programs that will dramatically expand the purview of government. Which does he choose? Barack … More

    Google’s Redirect to Hong Kong: Not as Free and Easy as It Seems

    After trying to work with Chinese authorities and live up to its announcement in January that it would not longer censor its searches in China, Google redirected its Google.cn website to Google.com.hk.  Google argues that this move would help its mainland China users get uncensored searches via Hong Kong servers.  … More

    What Won’t Work With China, And What Might

    The New York Times, Washington Post, and others today ran front-page stories on economic and political disagreements the U.S. has with China. The headlines mostly distract from the real issue. China is nowhere close to a global military power but it is becoming a global economic power. It is therefore … More

    Chinese Women in Space

    Even as the US continues to debate how it will sustain a manned presence in space, China made yet another major announcement about  its manned space program. In an announcement from the Chinese Ministry of Defense, it was declared  that the newest class of Chinese astronauts included two women. Unlike … More