Caring for Asia’s Growing Elderly Population

Caring for Asia’s Growing Elderly PopulationWhat is Asia going to do with its rapidly aging population? Rapidly improving medical care, better diets and social safety nets mean that the so-called “homo hundred” – a term used to describe people living more than 100 years – will rise rapidly, meaning countries that provide little in the way of social services for…

The Smog Isn’t Just China’s Problem

The Smog Isn’t Just China’s ProblemThe smog choking Beijing, Shanghai and even the northern city of Harbin is not simple industrialization, as much of the smoke comes from rudimentary heating and cooking stoves. But it is related – greatly increased urbanization packs people together allowing thousands or hundreds of thousands of coal and biomass fires to really smog up a…

Vatican Diplomacy Looks to China

Vatican Diplomacy Looks to ChinaThe new course set by Pope Francis with the reshuffle going on in key Vatican ranks could open a window of opportunity for a future rapprochement between the Holy See and China. For instance, while it has perhaps gone unheeded in Beijing, the appointment of Archbishop Pietro Parolin as Vatican Secretary of State in place…
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