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Regional approach to Afghan conflict

  • Wed, 06/29/2011 - 12:00

President Obama has announced the draw down schedule of American troops from Afghanistan. Eighteen months ago, he was mis-led by his generals into a massive troop surge that he personally didn’t fully support. He has now re-shuffled his war and diplomatic teams to lead the path of de-escalation.

Standing Up to the China Bully

  • Wed, 06/29/2011 - 12:00

As Filipinos in America eagerly plan for upcoming demonstrations in front of the Chinese consular offices in the United States on July 8, the question is asked: why aren’t Filipinos in the Philippines similarly incensed by China’s plans to set up oil rigs in the Spratly islands territory of the Philippines this July?

China's water war with India

  • Mon, 06/27/2011 - 12:00

Is China trying to divert the Brahmaputra waters to its dry north and north-western regions? Or, is it merely trying to build small dams along the river? The Government of India seems clueless if SM Krishna’s recent remarks are any indication. Can the country afford to ignore such a momentous issue?

From oil,revolutions to fundamentals

  • Mon, 06/27/2011 - 12:00

The price of oil is not the only “greaser” for the expansion of Islamic finance. Lately, a number of countries seem to be pre-empting social-movement-cum-change of regime as today’s “oil price” facilitator for welcoming Islamic finance.

Talk of the Day -- Is 'one China, two equal governments' viable?

  • Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:00

The Washington-based think tank the Brookings Institution published an article recently by a Chinese scholar that advocates a "one China, two equal-level governments" formula for the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to normalize and stabilize their relations for a relatively long time.

Kashgar, the other face of China

  • Mon, 06/13/2011 - 12:00

The lady sitting next to me gripped the sides of her seat, shut her eyes and started mumbling some prayers as the plane rocked from side to side. 

China's Grand Periphery Military Strategy And The Survival Fits Analysis

  • Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:00

‘Grand Periphery Military Strategy’ (da zhoubian guojia junshi zhanlue) is the new cliché in vogue in the lexicon of Chinese think tanks. It appeared first, in a story in a Hong Kong based Chinese vernacular daily Ta Kung Pao on September 24, 2009 that doubted the capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army to defend its ‘far flung borders’.

The Uyghur Muslims, China, and her Neighbors

  • Tue, 06/07/2011 - 12:00

“Shaheer Ali was a young Uighur nationalist from the city of Khotan (Hetian) in the south of the XUAR (Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region). He (was) imprisoned and tortured in China in 1994 in connection with his political activities.

You wave a gun, and I'll wave a gun: Mao

  • Mon, 06/06/2011 - 12:00

By 1962, barely a decade after the establishment of the People's Republic of China, China had fought a war with the United States in Korea and engaged in two military confrontations involving the US over the offshore islands of Taiwan.

New star steers Tibetan transition

  • Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:00

When exiled Tibetan spiritual-cum-temporal leader the Dalai Lama announced his retirement from political life in March, he had reasons to be optimistic that the torch of self-determination for his people would be carried forward by a younger generation.