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Stephen S. Roach May 28, 2017
China has steadily shifted policies since 1980 in pursuit of global economic leadership. “While many of the key building blocks of China’s transitional framework have fallen into place – especially rapid growth in services and accelerated urbanization – there can be no mistaking a new and important twist: China now appears to be changing from an adapter to a driver of globalization,” explains...
Ben Dunant May 24, 2017
The 2015 general election in Myanmar marked a critical transition to democracy from military rule, when the people elected Aung San Suu Kyi in the first openly-contested election in a quarter-century. However, the military, known as the Tatmadaw in Burmese, still controls much of the country’s economy and political discourse. The Tatmadaw’s commander-in-chief helms three key security ministries,...
Alex Tizon May 23, 2017
Cultural traditions in one society can be crimes in another. Children raised with such traditions confront a dilemma as acceptance slowly transforms into questions and shame. Author Alex Tizon, now deceased, profiles a woman who had served his family without pay for more than 50 years. The uneducated worker was taken from the fields at age 12 and eventually given to Tizon’s mother by his...
David Vines May 17, 2017
China could be on its way to leading the global economy, helped by One Belt, One Road. David Vines, writing for Caixin, compares the initiative to the Marshall Plan during the last century, which benefited Europe and Japan. China, with big investments in infrastructure, could emerge as a leader in setting rules and standards for global governance, but Vines points to two risks: First, “The Belt...
James Griffiths, Matthew Chance and Steve George May 15, 2017
North Korea tested another missile – its most successful yet, traveling more than 750 kilometers and landing near Russia, though the US and Russia disagree over just how that close. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin condemned the launch as dangerous but warned against “intimidating” North Korea. Some analysts suggest that the missile launched at another trajectory could have reached US bases in...
Nayan Chanda May 11, 2017
North Korea depends on China, but the isolated regime is turning on its benefactor with an editorial that warns “China of grave consequences if it tried to stop the development of the country’s nuclear weapons programme,” explains Nayan Chanda, founding editor of YaleGlobal Online, in his column for the Times of India. Chanda details China’s adept handling of security and foreign relations in...
Ju-min Park and Se Young Lee May 9, 2017
Moon Jae-in, a progressive in a field of 13 candidates, decisively won the presidential election in South Korea with more than 40 percent of the vote including many young supporters. “A decisive win by Moon would end months of political turmoil stemming from a parliamentary vote in December to impeach former President Park Geun-hye over an extensive corruption scandal,” reports Reuters. “Moon,...

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