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Putin Says Russian Bear Isn’t About to Sit Back and Just Eat Berries and Honey

Putin Says Russian Bear Isn’t About to Sit Back and Just Eat Berries and Honey

The Pakistani Taliban's War on Education, by the Numbers

The Pakistani Taliban's War on Education, by the Numbers

The Pakistani Taliban's ruthless attacks on schools, teachers, and activists have disrupted the education of hundreds of thousands of Pakistani children.

There’s No Clear Response to Hack that Cancelled ‘The Interview’

There’s No Clear Response to Hack that Cancelled ‘The Interview’

Nearly everyone from Hollywood to the White House agrees that something has to be done to respond to an apparent North Korean hack of Sony Pictures that stole private info, threatened employees, leaked a script for the next James Bond film, and ultimately led the studio to cancel the release of The Interview, a $44 million comedy. The problem is that no one knows what form that retaliation should take.

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When All Else Fails, Hack Hollywood

There’s a special sauce that nourishes dictatorship in North Korea, one that mixes unrelenting cruelty at home with endless provocation beyond its borders. For more ...

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Obama Hammers Sony for Pulling ‘The Interview’

  This story has been updated. Hours after the FBI formally accused North Korea of carrying out a devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, President ...

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Famous Chinese Sex Scholar Announces Relationship with Transgender Man

Over the past 30 years, Chinese society has undergone an evolution in traditional morality perhaps as rapid and unsettling as its economic boom. Yet sexual ...

76323493 The Cable

There’s No Clear Response to Hack that Cancelled ‘The Interview’

Nearly everyone from Hollywood to the White House agrees that something has to be done to respond to an apparent North Korean hack of Sony ...

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Famous Chinese Sex Scholar Announces Relationship with Transgender Man

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Does China Think the Sino-British Joint Declaration Is Void?

Recent statements suggest China pays little heed to the document governing Hong Kong's handover.

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Should We Really Assume That North Korea Was Behind the Sony Attack?

Over the past few weeks, a shadowy group calling itself the Guardians of Peace has taken credit for a massive hack last month of Sony ...

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Not Everything Is Chugging Along Smoothly for China's International Rail Expansion

The railroad barons of China made their largest overseas deal ever on Nov. 19, signing a $12 billion contract with the government of Nigeria to ...

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China’s First Great Tiger Hunt

What Chairman Mao's takedown of the "King of the Northeast" tells us about Xi Jinping's purges.

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Asia’s Pivot to Asia

Much has been made of the intensifying strategic competition between the United States and China, with Beijing working to edge America out of its Asian ...

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North Korean Defectors Are Really Excited About ‘The Interview’

LONDON — Two buffoonish journalists, played by Seth Rogen and James Franco, travel to North Korea to interview President Kim Jong Un. At the CIA’s ...

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China Wins Again in Fight Against Dalai Lama

Pope Francis is more than a religious leader -- he’s also a politician. And that’s led him to controversially deny an audience to the Dalai ...

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What sites to use to watch North Korea

By David Maxwell, Best Defense guest columnist Tom Ricks asked me to provide ten blogs/resources that Korean experts use to keep up on north Korea. ...

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Did Beijing Get What It Wanted in Hong Kong?

As police clear Hong Kong’s last remaining protest site, experts say larger problems may await mainland authorities.

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Will Abenomics Retain Its Majority in December’s Election?

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s adventurous prime minister, won the country’s last election in December 2012 in a landslide. A few months later, his pick as central ...

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Does China’s Quest for Energy Security Threaten the United States?

While the United States and European Union strongly oppose Russia over its expansionist agenda in Ukraine, China has cautiously avoided having to take a side ...

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North Korea’s Non-Denial Denial About Hacking Sony

While many computer security experts now believe that last week’s landmark cyberattack on Sony Pictures was carried out by a disgruntled insider, North Korean propagandists ...

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On First Annual Constitution Day, China’s Most Censored Word Was ‘Constitution’

The irony highlights Beijing’s fraught relationship with the document.

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Was the Sony Hack an Inside Job?

There are growing questions about whether North Korea is responsible for a hack of Sony Pictures that tech experts are describing as one of the ...

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Resistance Is Futile

Beijing is emerging as the big winner from protests that have left Hong Kong's social fabric in tatters.

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Taiwan’s Political Déjà Vu

By early December, local election results in Taiwan had mostly been decided. The opposition party and its allies had won 16 of the 23 counties ...

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Hong Kong Activists Fear State Snooping

HONG KONG -- “My phone was tapped for the first time probably in 1989. For years, I’d hear strange clicking sounds in my calls,” said ...

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Repeat After Me: Taiwan’s Recent Elections Had Nothing to Do With Hong Kong

If China was in fact the invisible candidate in Taiwan’s local elections, it just lost in a landslide. On Nov. 28, voters on the self-governing ...

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Five Lessons from Taiwan’s Elections

The ruling Kuomintang party (KMT) suffered a "thumpin" in Taiwan's recent regional and municipal elections. Early indications point to one of the more decisive victories ...

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Japan Has Enough Plutonium to Make Thousands of Nukes

So, I like electronic music. A lot. And there is no more important progenitor of electronica than Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. If you don't know ...

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The Few, the Rich: Chinese Who Like Uncle Sam

JINGZHOU, China — Ongoing probes against Rui Chenggang, a former anchor for China Central Television (CCTV), China's state-owned broadcaster, continue to net related suspects in a ...

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Can China’s Central Bank Ever Be Independent?

Eventually, it seems, the pressure was just too much. The governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), Zhou Xiaochuan, and his colleagues didn't want ...

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China Central Television, Reviled at Home

BEIJING — In Dec. 2013, China Central Television (CCTV) producer Wang Qinglei wrote a post on his Weibo account criticizing the Chinese government's campaign-style attacks ...

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Today in Celebrity Political Tourism: James Franco Visits Hong Kong Protests

James Franco is following in the footsteps of Kenny G, the smooth sax legend. And, no, I don't mean he's just making a mockery of ...

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Thank You, but We Prefer the Salt Monopoly

China is the world's biggest consumer of salt -- one kitchen staple that has so far remained unadulterated by the country's many food safety scandals. ...

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A ‘System Bitch’ Dissents

A debate on Hong Kong suffrage prompted a sharp-tongued columnist for a small Communist Party newspaper in central China to unleash a pro-democracy rant on ...

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The Invisible Candidate in Taiwan’s Elections

Almost 80 percent of Taiwan, an island of 23 million off the coast of China, is expected to head to the polls Nov. 29 to ...

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North Korea, Open for Business

RASON, North Korea — For the few who have ever been to North Korea, it might be a familiar feeling: that of being inside a ...

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Vladimir Putin Hates the TTIP

President Barack Obama recently spent some quality time with leaders of Asian nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing and again at ...

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Turning Up the Heat on a Hot India

This week's landmark agreement by the United States and the People's Republic of China proposing aggressive measures on carbon emissions sends an undeniably strong signal ...

30437889 Shadow Government

How Much Is the U.S.-China Climate Deal Worth?

Since the failure of the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, both the United States and China have largely retreated from big international agreements, each waiting ...

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