Politics

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China’s Cautious Olympic Diplomacy

A few days after the June 4, 1989 massacre in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, Ren Wanding, then one of the stars of China’s dissident movement, fled to a foreign compound and begged its residents to f... Read More...
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Nailing China’s Nail House

In February, China’s Internet chat rooms were filled with pictures of a lone house isolated a dozen meters above its surroundings after developers carved out the land all around it for yet another pr... Read More...
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Bhutan Learns to Vote

Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan kingdom sandwiched between Nepal, India and China, is off on a new adventure. Dragon King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, who abdicated from the throne in December after 37 years in powe... Read More...
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Taiwan’s Year of Electoral Tumult

Taiwan’s wild electoral process is set to become even more tumultuous, with five candidates already declared for president a year in advance of next March’s polls and corruption charges swirlin... Read More...
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Thailand Sings the Post-coup Blues

In the midst of mounting turmoil in Bangkok,  Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont bent to pressure Thursday and said a post-coup election would be held this year, probably on December 16 or 22.  N... Read More...