Xi Jinping Rewrites WW2 History

Xi Jinping Rewrites WW2 HistoryMassive ceremonies focused on military display are planned by China on Sept. 3 to mark the defeat of Japan in World War II. This is yet another step in the re-writing of history that ignores most of the rest of Asia. The facts of history are that Japan lost a war with the United States,…

The Guangzhou-Lhasa Train

The Guangzhou-Lhasa TrainChina’s vaunted high-speed train covers almost 4500 km from Shanghai to Lhasa in just 48 hours, one of the fastest long-distance train journeys in the world, hauling 863 passengers across the roof of the world. But there is another train to the Tibetan capital, a 4980 km journey from Guangzhou that passes through 10 cities…

China Pushes the World Aside to get Winter Games

China Pushes the World Aside to get Winter GamesThe decision of the International Olympic Committee to award the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing appears to have been made on the basis of politics rather than reality, with the IOC turning down what demonstrably was a superior bid.  The last country standing, besides China, was Kazakhstan, whose manifestly better submission for the games to…

Is China’s Education System Good or Bad?

Is China’s Education System Good or Bad?Yong Zhao is an internationally recognized expert on education who has delivered over 400 presentations in close to 20 countries. He was born in Sichuan and taught English at the Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages. He is the author of "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the Word” (Jossey-Bass, 2014). He…

The World’s Drinking Problem

The World’s Drinking ProblemA succession of Chinese dynasties attempted to ban alcohol consumption at least 40 times in the 2500 years between 1100 BC and 1400 AD before finally giving up, an indication of how difficult it is to stop drinkers from drinking, according to an exhaustive 240-page report by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. China…

The Race for Dams in the Great Himalaya

The Race for Dams in the Great HimalayaLast November, the biggest hydroelectric dam in Tibet started to produce electricity. Standing 3,300 meters above sea level, the RMB9.6 billion (US$1.54 billion) dam sent ripples of concern across the neighboring state of India.  That is because the Zangmu Dam is on the Yarlung Zangbo River which in India becomes the Brahmaputra, whose lower reaches…

Gauging Xinjiang’s ISIS Threat

Gauging Xinjiang’s ISIS ThreatXinjiang, in China’s northwest, is vulnerable to ISIS, according to Zhang Chunxian, the populist party chief of the far-flung province, who stated publicly for the first time that Uighurs, a Turkic, mostly Sunni minority group there, have been joining the self-declared Islamic State group. "Some Xinjiang residents have crossed the border illegally to join IS,"…

China and the Great Aid Debate

China and the Great Aid DebateHow much attention is being paid to China's growing role in the global humanitarian space? Not enough perhaps, but the wariness cuts both ways.  There appears to be an elephant in the room, or rather a dragon. Amid the countless meetings, summits and conferences being held around the world to determine the post-2015 development agenda and…

Domestic Unrest in Store for China, Russia 

Domestic Unrest in Store for China, Russia China may welcome the west’s discomfort over the de facto war in Ukraine, but it should also be a reminder that China’s vulnerability is, as it almost always has been, mainly on its own northern and western frontiers. Nuclear weapons, aircraft carriers and missiles provide a balance against other powers, but as the Russians have…

China’s Stranglehold Tightens on Macau

China’s Stranglehold Tightens on MacauThe apparent crackdown in Macau on activities connected to the high-stakes gambling business has ominous implications for Hong Kong.  Events over the past two months have shown that President Xi Jinping’s war on official corruption has led Beijing to intervene very directly in the affairs of the Macau Special Administrative Region, which in theory has…
Page 2 of 512345