Blog Profile / The Diplomat

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China’s Newsmakers

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Prosperity in China

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Political Reform

Two political events late last year sent contradictory signals about the prospects for political reform in China. One was Premier Wen Jiabao’s comments about the desirability of political reform to help the Chinese Communist PartyShow More Summary

Energy Security

In the coming decades, China will face serious challenges to its energy security unless sustained economic development can be achieved without ramping up its dependence on oil and coal imports. Yet the transition to a more secure, greener economy is also a huge opportunity. Show More Summary

Understanding China’s Global Impact

Two major biases obscure a clear understanding of the global impact of authoritarian China’s earth-shaking rise—what could be called the American and Chinese errors. The American—or Western, or democratic—error is to simply wish...Show More Summary

China’s Bumpy Ride Ahead

The China the world sees at the beginning of its new year hardly resembles the one of a year ago. At home, inflation and public resentment are rising. While political elites in Beijing jockey for power ahead of the transition to a new...Show More Summary

Is Bismarck China’s Man?

Would a China that models its diplomacy on that of Otto von Bismarck qualify as a ‘responsible stakeholder’ in the globalized, US-led international order? Not unless it takes Bismarck’s conservative statesmanship out of historical...Show More Summary

Avoiding US-China Military Rivalry

Despite the mostly friendly nature of President Hu Jintao’s state visit to Washington last month, the potential still exists for the US-China relationship to become much more adversarial, especially in the military-security arena. A...Show More Summary

George Orwell’s China?

The author is a professor of economics at a university in China. His real name has been witheld at his request. Over the Chinese New Year holiday, a crowd of passengers at the Tianjin Railway Station were held waiting by police, left...Show More Summary

The Return of Smile Diplomacy

Perhaps unsurprisingly, much of the US media’s attention during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s state visit to Washington last month was focused on remarks he made on human rights (and the translation difficulties that occurred during...Show More Summary

China’s Highly Unequal Economy

During a round table with business leaders during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States in January, US President Barack Obama stated optimistically that ‘With China’s growing middle class, I believe that over...Show More Summary

Modern Art & Culture in Bangkok

If your time in Bangkok is limited, but your love for art is great, then head right to the Silom Galleria—that I wrote about last week—and you’re likely to leave satiated. There are more than ten galleries there and you’ll get...Show More Summary

Please Look After Mom

South Korean writer Kyung-Sook Shin’s novel, Please Look After Mom, an emotional tale of one family’s complicated relations, has become a runaway hit—in the United States. The translated book, Shin’s first English language release,...Show More Summary

Japan’s Robot Love Hurts

Has Japan’s love for robots failed the country in its greatest time of need? Yes, says Timothy Hornyak, author of Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots. I spoke last week with Hornyak, who also currently blogsShow More Summary

Not Lost in Translation

Last week I wrote about South Korean writer Kyung-Sook Shin’s novel, Please Look After Mom, and how it has become a surprise hit in the United States. So unprecedented is the success of the book—a fictional account of one Korean family’s emotional journey—that Korean culture analyst and Prof. Show More Summary

Thai Art in Bangkok

One of my first introductions to Thai art was actually in Manila. I was wandering around the Ayala Museum and struck up a conversation with a woman who’d just moved there from Bangkok. When I told her it was my next destination, she...Show More Summary

Zhu Wei, on Art & China

How important is art to the future of Chinese society, and what will the consequences be of it taking a backseat in the name of economic progress and Western influence? I recently had the opportunity to speak to prominent contemporary...Show More Summary

Indoor Art Watching

After the earthquake and tsunami, many people here in Japan told me they were lying low, and staying in rather than going out. I can relate. In the weeks following the March 11 disaster, almost everyone I ran into wanted to talk about the earthquake and the tsunami and the radiation. Show More Summary

Tiger Mothers To Be Celebrated?

This Mother’s Day, will Asian mothers around the world be receiving a little bit more gratitude (or resentment) than usual from their grown-up offspring? After all, like it or not, the image of the Asian mother in the West has changed...Show More Summary

Thai Wine Weekends

It’s not widely known—yet—that Thailand has a small but flourishing domestic wine industry. And many of the unique selections slowly starting to come out of the country, and being recognized internationally as well, hail from the Khao Yai area, about 150 kilometres north-east of Bangkok. Show More Summary

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