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CHINA ‘SOFT POWER’: A BIG DEAL GOES DOWN IN SYDNEY

From CHINA DAILY in Beijing – Under an ambitious agreement, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Financial Review newspapers  (Fairfax Media) will issue an eight-page English-language edition of “China Watch” once a month starting this month. “In the process of international communication, China Daily has been forging alliance with important international players in […]

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SPECULATION FROM SEOUL: PRESIDENT BAN KI-MOON?

Exerpted with permission from Joongang Daily from Soul – Amid speculation about the possibility that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon may run for president next year, multiple diplomatic sources told the JoongAng Sunday that the UN chief is establishing a foundation to support his domestic activities. The sources indicated that two or three of the […]

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CHINA: HONG KONG GETS SOME BLUNT ADVICE

Excerpted courtesy of the South China Morning Post — Visiting state leader , from Beijing,  warned everyone would have to pay the price if Hong Kong became chaotic, in a 20-minute speech to more than 220 representatives from various sectors at the government headquarters this morning. “We are all in the same boat. If Hong Kong […]

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CHINA: ‘Baidu’ Scandal Rocks the Mainland

THIS AUTHORITATIVE REPORT IS EXCERPTED COURTESY OF CHINA DAILY IN BEIJING – The central government has set up an investigation team to probe search engine giant Baidu, after the company was accused by a hospital patient, who since has died, of providing misleading medical treatment information. The team is made up of officials from the […]

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS: THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ODD COUPLE

Kishore Mahbubani and Lawrence O. Summers write in the current edition of FOREIGN AFFAIRS (excerpted with permission) – The mood of much of the world is grim these days. Turmoil in the Middle East, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees; random terrorist attacks across the globe; geopolitical tensions in eastern Europe […]

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SEOUL: WHAT THE UNNERVING DARK CAR-WINDOW SYNDROME REVEALS

THIS ESSAY BY L.A.-BASED BUSINESSMAN AND PHILANTHROPIST SPENCER H. KIM IS REPRINTED FROM THE INFLUENTIAL SEOUL-BASED NEWSPAPER JOON-GANG DAILY, WITH PERMISSION: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – I couldn’t figure out why, but it really bothered me. Why are there so many cars in Korea with dark windshields? The occupants drive around shut off from the eyes […]

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HONG KONG: SO WHO IS XI JINPING?

TOM PLATE WRITES – Begin with the unpretentious wisdom of the late Yogi Berra, a notably inarticulate Hall of Fame baseball player celebrated for memorable ‘Yogi-isms’: “It’s tough to make predictions,” one went, “especially about the future.” But the wish for the better can parent premature thoughts; the caring media always wants to believe that […]

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US-KOREAN ALLIANCE: TRUMPTED BY A NEW ISOLATIONISM?

Professor Moon Chung-in of Yonsei University Writes (courtesy of JoongAng Ilbo, April 9, Page 27) — “The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance survived 600 years, and the U.K.-U.S. alliance continued for more than 100 years,” Yoichi Funabashi, former editor-in-chief of the Asahi Shimbun, told me a few years ago. “I believe the U.S.-Japan alliance should survive a century,” […]

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CHINA: A PESSIMISTIC VIEW OF XI JINPING

ASIA MEDIA WRITES – Orville Schell has been writing about China for decades and is not viewed in the West as a China-basher by any means. But in the current New York Review of Books, the former dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers a rigorous recounting and astute analysis of recent […]

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MACAU: ODDS TURN AGAINST THE HOUSE

STELLA CHENG WRITES – How fortunes change! In 2013, Macau’s gambling industry was seven times bigger than Las Vegas’. While Sin City was lucky to make $6.5 billion, Macau, the only location in China where gambling is legal, raked in $45 billion. But the “Gold Rush in the East” seems to be slowly drying up. […]

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