Central Asia’s Chess Master: How Islam Karimov’s Wily Diplomacy Has Cemented His Power

Central Asia’s Chess Master: How Islam Karimov’s Wily Diplomacy Has Cemented His Power

Uzbekistan's dictatorial leader is headed for yet another election victory Sunday.

Is Paul Krugman Seeing Double or Just Hung Over?

Is Paul Krugman Seeing Double or Just Hung Over?

The Nobel Prize-winning economist is of two minds when it comes to the harbingers of China's coming economic doldrums.

Decoder: Asia’s Bride Market

Decoder: Asia’s Bride Market

How the demand for wives in South Korea, Singapore, and China is fueling a regional matchmaking trade.


Decoder: Asia’s Bride Market

On its website, J&N Viet-Bride Match-making Agencies promises “single, divorced or widow[ed]” men that it will help them “find their right/suitable lifetime wife” with “the ...

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Brother, Can You Spare a Renminbi?

Who deserves to be poor in modern China? One man in China’s southern Zhejiang province certainly seemed sympathetic: Each day, he pushed himself along the ...


If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em?

After having failed to convince allies to reject Beijing’s invitation to join a new multilateral development bank to build roads and bridges, U.S. officials now ...


Long Live Lee Kuan Yew’s Lion City

Henry Kissinger called him one of the “asymmetries of history.” Margaret Thatcher said “he was never wrong.” Barack Obama called him "one of the legendary ...


China’s Weapons of Mass Consumption

In August 2014, China’s state-owned Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co. launched a new frigate, a small warship often used for submarine warfare or coastal defense, into Shanghai’s ...

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The Secret to Making China’s Economy Grow Forever

Forget the euro -- in the next five years, the most important story in the global economy will be the pace and success of China's ...

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China’s Good Girls Want Tattoos

“It seems that Chinese men don’t want to marry a girl with tattoos,” complained one such girl on the Chinese online discussion platform Douban. She ...

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Gold Smuggling North Korean Diplomat Provides Glimpse at Criminal Empire

Shut off from the global financial system and under heavy sanctions, North Korea operates a vast system of illicit enterprise, ferrying precious metals, drugs, and ...

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Bringing China’s Dying Villages Back to Life

On a bamboo-covered mountaintop, the mud-walled houses of Diaotan village are just barely visible through the thick fog that often shrouds this remote hamlet in ...

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In About-Face, Chinese Censors Nix Coverage of Environmental Film

  This article has been updated. Possibly spooked by overwhelming citizen reaction to a documentary about environmental pollution, Chinese authorities have just thrown their massive ...

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Bad Chinese Statistics: Panda Census Edition

China has a complicated relationship with statistics. The country has in recent years been widely accused by executives and academics of faking economic statistics. But ...

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The Word That Broke the Chinese Internet

It might be gibberish, but it's also a sign of the times. The word duang, pronounced “dwong,” is spreading like wildfire throughout China’s active Internet ...

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Chinese Dissident Accuses Top U.S. Diplomat of Lying

In April 2012, blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng escaped from house arrest in a rural village and sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. ...

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Asia’s New Triple Alliance

Democracy has not featured as a theme of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. He took office promising to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, not ...

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The Great Wall of AfPak

To say that China is a strategic ally of Pakistan would be an understatement. In 1950, Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize ...

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Mainlander Runs for Hong Kong Student Office, Pandemonium Ensues

Affiliation with China's ruling Communist Party is a must for many young Chinese, but it's a resume-killer in Hong Kong. After a mainland student running for ...



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