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China’s Stranglehold Tightens on Macau

The 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 wa...
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In Foreign Bribery, Check the Big Boss

The world’s multinationals are continuing to pay the preponderance of foreign bribes, usually with the full knowledge of senior management, according to a new 51-page analysis of the cost of bribery and corrupt...
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Think Tanks with Chinese Characteristics

In June, Communist Party officials accused the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, famously devoted to the study of Marxism-Leninism, of hosting "foreign forces" and lacking loyalty to the party.  In early S...
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The Olympics and Asia’s Rise

The withdrawal of Oslo’s bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games has provoked consternation in the West. Only Almaty and Beijing-Zhangjiakou remain in the competition to host the global mega event.  As if ...
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IN PHOTOS: Hong Kong protests

On August 31, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee in Beijing ratified a plan for Hong Kong’s 2017 chief executive election that failed to meet expectations of universal suffrage as promised under ...
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China’s Mooncake Crackdown

Monday marks the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of China's biggest holidays, the traditional harvest festival marked by a full moon. It is also a time to exchange mooncakes, typically round pastries about 10 centimet...
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China Lays Down the Law

On 29 July, Chinese authorities announced the long-expected news that former security tsar and Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang was under investigation for Communist Party disciplinary violatio...
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Blowing the Lid off China’s Food Safety

In July, Shanghai’s Dragon TV exposed illegal food handling practices by Shanghai Husi Food Co., a major meat supplier to multinational corporations such as McDonald’s and KFC.  The story, the result of mont...
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Tale of Two Middle Classes

Behind all the handwringing in the West about a declining middle class and growing income gap lurks a stark fact – while a new middle class has emerged in resurgent Asia, middle classes in the West have seen no...
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A Daring Paradigm for the New Silk Road

In September 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed that China and Central Asia collaborate to build a Silk Road Economic Belt that would comprise all countries within the Eurasian region. According to ...