Category Archives: East Asia

Liu Xiaobo- Chinese Nobel Laureate-Leaves Prison for Cancer Care – The New York Times

“BEIJING — Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his writings promoting democracy, has been moved from prison to be treated for late-stage cancer, two of his lawyers said on Monday. Mr. Liu, who … Continue reading

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In Greece- China Finds an Ally Against Human Rights Criticism – The New York Times

“GENEVA — China has long won diplomatic allies in the world’s poor countries by helping them build expensive roads and ports. Now, it appears to have similarly won over a needy country in Europe.At a meeting of the United Nations … Continue reading

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Solving the Korea Crisis by Teaching a Horse to Sing – By Thomas Friedman – NYT

“After a couple of days of such discussions, I realized that America is now the odd man out in this drama. Why? Because China and South Korea have one thing in common: The thing they fear most is not a … Continue reading

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Trump Lies. China Thrives. – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

“One of the many dangers posed to our society by having a president who’s a serial liar — and who doesn’t behave like an adult, let alone a president — is that we more easily ignore him even if he … Continue reading

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The Billionaire Gadfly in Exile Who Stared Down Beijing – The New York Times

The biggest political story in China this year isn’t in Beijing. It isn’t even in China. It’s centered at a $68 million apartment overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.That’s where Guo Wengui, a billionaire in self-imposed exile, has hurled political grenades … Continue reading

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China and India Make Big Strides on Climate Change – The New York Times

“Until recently, China and India have been cast as obstacles, at the very least reluctant conscripts, in the battle against climate change. That reputation looks very much out-of-date now that both countries have greatly accelerated their investments in cost-effective renewable … Continue reading

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Japan Moves to Allow Its Emperor to Abdicate. But Just This Once. – by Motoko Rich – NYT

“. . . Conservatives are loath to open the law to a more sweeping overhaul because they fear that doing so would lead to a change to admit women as rightful heirs to the throne. The bill approved by the … Continue reading

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Villagers in Myanmar Describe the Destructive Power of China’s Building Frenzy – by Carol Giacomo – NYT

“I heard this story firsthand from five farmers who traveled hours by boat, foot and motorbike from their even smaller and poorer village, Kapaing Chaung, to talk with me about their experiences when the China National Petroleum Corporation and the … Continue reading

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In China  Wives Fight Back After Their Activist Husbands Are Jailed – The New York Times

“BEIJING — Before her husband disappeared into detention, Chen Guiqiu did not ask him much about his risky work as a Chinese human rights lawyer. Before word crept out that he had been tortured, Ms. Chen trusted the police. Before … Continue reading

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Behind China’s $1 Trillion Plan to Shake Up the Economic Order – The New York Times

“VANG VIENG, Laos — Along the jungle-covered mountains of Laos, squads of Chinese engineers are drilling hundreds of tunnels and bridges to support a 260-mile railway, a $6 billion project that will eventually connect eight Asian countries. Chinese money is … Continue reading

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