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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 [...]

Abe, Trump Reaffirm Plan to Maximize Pressure on DPRK

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed that Japan and the United States would take the initiative to exert maximum pressure on North Korea, at a bilateral meeting held Monday at the State Guest House in Tokyo’s [...]

China’s Dangerous Return to One-Man Reign

By ending collective leadership, Xi Jinping revives the specter of chaotic power struggles. Andrew Browne writes: Liu Shaoqi, one of Mao’s designated successors, died on a prison floor in his own filth. Another, Lin Biao, perished in a plane [...]

The Chinese World Order

Andrew J. Nathan writes: Ten years ago the journalist James Mann published a book called The China Fantasy, in which he criticized American policymakers for using something he called “the Soothing Scenario” to justify the policy of diplomatic [...]

Article 9 and Japan’s Missile Defense Dilemma

After North Korea’s recent missile tests over Japan, new questions have been raised about the ‘pacifist clause’ of the Japanese Constitution and the effectiveness of Japan’s missile defense strategy. How could Shinzo Abe respond? Charles [...]

China Launches New Naval Destroyer

BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s military on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically built destroyer, state media said, the latest addition to the country’s rapidly expanding navy. The 10,000-ton warship was launched at the Jiangnan Shipyard [...]

Arthur Waldron: ‘There is No Thucydides Trap’

Arthur Waldron is a notable scholar of Chinese history and military affairs whose views are often out of sync with conventional wisdom. In this book review, he argues persuasively against a concept that has become a pillar of establishment thinking [...]

Streaming: Fox Launches Showtime in Asian Territories

Stewart Clarke writes: It’s Showtime in Asia as CBS and Fox join forces to bring the U.S. brand to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. CBS has recently been licensing the Showtime brand internationally, with Sky in the U.K., Canal+ in France, [...]

Is China’s economy turning Japanese?

It is more than 30 years since Tokyo began inflating a property and stock market bubble, as fears grow that Beijing faces a similar fate. Leo Lewis Tom Mitchell and Yuan Yang report: There are few things studied as closely by the Chinese Communist [...]