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China Expands its Regional Reach

There is little more graphic evidence of the tightening hold of China on a hinterland well beyond its borders than the takeover in 2013 of Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, which they assumed control over last year to se...
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GM Food Debate in China

Last August, Peng Guangqian, a People’s Liberation Army major general and deputy secretary-general of China’s National Security Policy Committee, claimed that China’s growing imports of genetically modified foo...
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Seeking Solace from ‘Crazy Bad’ Air in Beijing

The announcement Monday by Beijing that the country would allocate RMB 760 billion (US$125.6 billion) over the next four years to clean up the befogged atmosphere over Northern China is an indication that offic...
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China and the future of Asia Pacific trade

The backbone of stability and amity in Asia and the Pacific is an open economic system, which has encouraged deep trade and investment interdependence within the region, and the United States security umbrella ...
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Americans Still Positive on Global Trade

Despite five years of economic battering from the global economic downturn that began in 2008, most Americans continue to see benefit in greater global integration, according to the latest Pew Research poll. ...
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China’s Bullet Trains: Back on Track

On a single day, Dec. 28, 2013, China opened an unprecedented six new high-speed railway links spanning nearly 2,000 kilometers, pushing its total high-speed track to more than 12,000 km. That has vaulted th...
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China’s Groundbreaking Attempt to Cut CO2 Gases

China’s Guangdong Province Thursday commenced carbon emissions trading, a landmark pilot project in Beijing’s drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40-45 percent by 2020 over 2005 per unit of gross domest...
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The Two-Chinas Revolution

The pace of China’s financial reforms put in place since the 3rd Plenum in mid-November has confounded those who said at the time that nothing exciting would emerge from the meetings. In fact, Beijing has been ...
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Chinese Exports Spell Trouble for the West

As widely reported, Chinese export figures for November, issued last week, turned out to be a blockbuster month for the country’s exporters, rising by 12.7 percent from October. But what appears to have been mi...
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Beijing’s Ambitious Urbanization Plans

Beijing’s top leaders, over the weekend met for the first time to set the formal road map for Premier Li Keqiang’s ambitious plan to move millions of people from rural areas into cities. Li and his planners bel...