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Will Sino-Indian Relations Get ‘Modi-fied’?

Modi of the campaign trail showered harsh rhetoric on China and its allies in Islamabad. Prime Minister Modi may have to steer his people through regional and global transformations in a more diplomatic manner. The fate of a third of humanity – and perhaps more – depends on a relationship that is fraught with both immense potential and perilous possibilities. 


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June 15, 2014 · 11:15 pm

Chinese Millennials – A Truly Unique Generation

The generation gap in China has grown into a chasm of nearly insurmountable social, economic, and ideological differences.

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June 12, 2014 · 8:06 pm

Chinese Media Reveals Political Red Lines

Government control over the media can, in a somewhat counter-intuitive manner, provide a glimpse into the minds of China’s top leaders. A careful examination of Chinese media can help reveal the “red lines” of political discussion. Analysis of which topics are censored can provide insights into the political fears and hopes of China’s rulers. Meanwhile, commercial and official media outlets have been forced by the realities of the digital age to cover some controversial stories, which in previous decades may have been taboo.

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May 22, 2014 · 3:51 pm

U.S Media Hypes the ‘Chinese Threat’

There is plenty of room for legitimate criticism of China’s international policy. However, US media have played up “the Chinese threat” to an irrational degree—by omitting context, adopting incendiary language and occasionally using simply inaccurate data—highlighting media bias more than the regional situation.

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May 7, 2014 · 8:11 am

Contradictory pressures in the Sino-Japanese relationship

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March 23, 2014 · 10:02 pm

Where is Malaysia Air 370? Seven Chinese theories

In the absence of any hard evidence about the fate of the plane, speculation will endure and rumors will continue to grow. This is especially true in China, where official restrictions on media create an environment where rumors – even truly outlandish ones – can thrive. 

The various theories are of course interesting in their own right. They also reveal important trends in the popular Chinese imagination. China is locked in a bitter territorial dispute where the plane went missing, including with the governments of both Vietnam and Malaysia  – thus the theories blaming the Vietnamese or the Malaysians themselves. China is also increasingly concerned about the growing American military presence in the Pacific, the threat of terrorism, and domestic political intrigue. The persistent rumors about Malaysia Air Flight 370 provide a rare window for outsiders into the popular anxieties of contemporary China. 

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March 18, 2014 · 8:03 am


March 13, 2014 · 7:27 am

China’s Big Overseas Spending Spree

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February 15, 2014 · 2:56 pm

“Canberra risks more by crossing China”

Here I expand on themes I covered in a post last week. I’d like to note that in the original article sent to Asia Times, I wrote “Numerous international financial institutions expect China to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy this decade” which was edited to:

“Numerous international financial institutions expect China to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy in the not-too-distant future – though others question if that will happen this century.”

Even if a massive housing bubble bursts, bringing down the entire Chinese economy leading to general anarchy, U.S GDP would still probably be overtaken by India’s within 80 years.

Still, this may be my first Asia Times piece to break 300 “likes” on facebook!

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December 22, 2013 · 11:52 am

“American hawkishness is against its own interests”

Interestingly enough, Global Times left out the part where I specifically cite the American B52 bombers that tested China’s ADIZ. 

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December 22, 2013 · 11:46 am