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By kicking out James Tien for criticizing Hong Kong’s chief executive, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Body shows just how little freedom Hong Kong actually enjoys.

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The risk is growing that Hong Kong’s authorities will violently suppress the Umbrella Revolution.

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The US, Japan, and India are slowly forming a balancing coalition against China’s territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.

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Asia is one region of the world where conflicts among major powers remain plausible and may even be probable.

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There’s an overdue debate going on over the extent of China’s economic troubles. Two indicators don’t get enough attention because they’re down in the weeds. Chinese monetary aggregates say the country is in serious trouble.

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What lessons might the Obama administration learn from  the Agreed Framework before making the same mistakes with regard to its Iran nuclear negotiations?

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Panelists discuss how American submarines now have plenty of undersea company — some friendly, some decidedly not.

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US money, Chinese money, economy

At mid-2014, American private wealth was $83.7 trillion. The second highest national figure belonged to Japan at $23.2 trillion. China was third at $21.4 trillion.

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In both Hong Kong and Taiwan, residents are identifying less and less as Chinese, a trend that troubles Beijing.

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Hong Kong and Taiwan Identities

In both Hong Kong and Taiwan, residents are identifying less and less as Chinese, a trend that troubles Beijing.

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