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Hollywood’s New Box-Office Battleground: The Chinese Heartland

Forget Beijing and Shanghai. The fates of flicks like Age of Ultron will be decided in places like Changzhou.

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China Liked TPP — Until U.S. Officials Opened Their Mouths

Chinese were once eager to latch onto the massive trade pact as a lever for internal reform. But with harsh U.S. rhetoric rising, that ship has sailed.

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The Social Contract of High Incomes and Smog in Seoul

Rising incomes are pretty good at buying quiescence. But what causes people to say: “You can’t buy us off this cheaply”?

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Does Japan Have the Solution to Amtrak’s Problems?

Tokyo has proposed building a high speed rail connecting Washington to Baltimore, and eventually to New York City.

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Germany’s America Angst

Why Berlin and Washington don't see eye to eye on what to do about Vladimir Putin.

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The Political Tragedy of the Greek Economic Crisis

With unemployment worse than during the Great Depression, we should thank the gods things aren’t worse. But it is humans (read: politicians) who have put Athens on the brink of disaster.

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