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China Abandons Role of Global Engine

  • Mon, 06/18/2012 - 00:00

Premier Wen Jiabao has an unspoken message to his Group of 20 counterparts in Mexico today: This time, don’t count on a growth bailout from China.

How dictators have evolved with the times

  • Mon, 06/18/2012 - 00:00

We tend to think of dictators as all-powerful leaders who act with naked cruelty and impunity. Think of Bashar al Assad in Syria. Or, for a celluloid reminder, think of Sacha Baron Cohen as Gen. Admiral Aladeen, a North African despot.

Hollywood gripped by pressure system from China

  • Wed, 06/13/2012 - 22:46

When aliens besiege Earth in Universal Pictures' recent action film "Battleship," it is the Chinese authorities in Hong Kong whom Washington credits with delivering the early proof that these invaders aren't exactly homegrown.

U.S. Takes A Pass — For Now — On China Sea Disputes

  • Mon, 06/11/2012 - 00:00

The territorial disputes in the South China Seas are over, China has won, and the U.S. couldn’t care less. But that’s not necessarily bad.

After 40 years the China-Australia relationship is underachieving

  • Fri, 06/08/2012 - 00:00

WISHFUL thinking, distrustful thinking, pusillanimity, hubris, greed, above all ignorance, shroud many Australians' thoughts about where our relationship with China could and should be heading.

"We've All Been Brainwashed": China's Dissident Bloggers Speak Out in High Tech, Low Life

  • Fri, 06/08/2012 - 00:00

Even as Chinese dissidents like Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and artist Ai Weiwei suffer physical imprisonment, hundreds of millions of their fellow Chinese citizens are suffering a form of mental imprisonment...

Military diplomacy - Not so warm and fuzzy

  • Fri, 06/08/2012 - 00:00

For China’s armed forces, these are troubling times.

U.S. shouldn’t ignore China’s actions

  • Wed, 06/06/2012 - 00:00

This past Monday marked the 23rd anniversary of the Chinese government’s massacre of hundreds, perhaps, thousands of protesters in Tiananmen Square.

Our existential Chinese dilemma

  • Mon, 06/04/2012 - 00:00

THE election of the Western world's first fluent Mandarin-speaking prime minister was an event of great moment not just in Australia and China but around the world.

China calls out 'overcritical' U.S.

  • Fri, 06/01/2012 - 00:00

Last week, the U.S. State Department released its annual report on human rights around the world. It covers nearly 200 countries,

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