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The Propaganda I See on My Morning Commute

BEIJING — JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ writes: People joke that it’s now easier in many Chinese cities to use Communist Party slogans rather than street names to give directions. Looking for a bank in Downtown Beijing? Walk past the screen [...]

Japanese Business Confidence Hits 11-Year High

Tokyo (AFP) – Confidence among Japan’s biggest manufacturers is at an 11-year high, a key central bank survey showed Friday, as the world’s number-three economy picks up pace. The bullish survey underscored how Japan’s [...]

[VIDEO] Off the Beaten Track with Explorer Isabella Bird

Dana Macalanda writes: Isabella Bird was a tenacious traverser of continents, prolific Victorian era writer and the first woman awarded membership to the U.K.’s Royal Geographical Society. Wait, who? As famous explorers and all-around great names [...]

China Dominance & East Asia: Echoes of Japan in WWII

Historian Victor Davis Hanson explains how China is following the same path to regional hegemony that Japan did in the 1930s. Victor Davis Hanson writes: A few weeks ago, Chinese president Xi Jinping offered a Soviet-style five-year plan for [...]

Repression in China Worsening Under Xi

BEIJING (AP) — After five years of prison and three more confined by guards at home, Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng could take no more. With the help of friends and a willing driver, Gao escaped his state security captors on Aug. 13 and [...]