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  • George Yeo Former foreign minister, Singapore

    May 25 , 2017

    In the West, we’ve seen the triumph of U.S. President Donald Trump and the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union transform the old political world. But Asia’s transformation is much different and unlikely to follow the same populist pattern. Asia and the West operate and respond to these changes differently. China, for instance, it would be viewed as a threat to political order.

  • Shaun Tan Writer based in Hong Kong

    Apr 18 , 2017

    Asian leaders have an incentive to twist Confucius and, in all likelihood, many Western commentators don’t trouble to read his texts before taking conventional pronouncements at face value. But defining him by the hierarchical part of his teachings makes as much sense as defining Socrates by his totalitarian vision of a Republic. It is to ignore the balance that is the essence of his philosophy.

  • Alison Friedman Founding Director, Ping Pong Productions

    Apr 05 , 2017

    Artists in every country face funding challenges, so what is unique about China’s situation? One word: change.

  • Curtis S. Chin Former U.S. Ambassador to Asian Development Bank

    Feb 08 , 2017

    As the consequences of the still evolving temporary travel ban to the United States put in place by the Administration of U.S. President Donald Trump continue to play out, policy makers need to keep in mind that understanding begins with engagement.

  • Nicole Bonnah Journalist and Documentarian in Beijing

    Nov 01 , 2016

    African migration to China is only half of the story: what of the black experience in China—a country whose doors have been closed for the better part of the last century, and has only recently allowed for more foreigners to take up temporary, and in rare cases permanent residence, in the most populous nation on the planet?

  • Curtis S. Chin Former U.S. Ambassador to Asian Development Bank

    Jose B. Collazo Southeast Asia Analyst and an Associate at RiverPeak Group

    Oct 31 , 2016

    Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo detail the challenge of stolen art and artifacts from Asian countries, outlining the ways the U.S. and China can cooperate to prevent illicit trade and promote the return of stolen antiquities. They emphasize educating the public on the importance of protecting Asia’s culture and history, strengthening and enforcing government laws on the issue, and calling upon the region’s museums, private galleries, and art dealers to help prevent illicit trade through cooperative transnational enforcement, and new technology to track an artifact’s provenance. The importance of tracking the art trade is made particularly important as private wealth has increased. Along with growing interest in collecting have come renewed concerns over connections to “blood antiquities” and illicit trade.

  • Philip Cunningham Visiting research fellow, Cornell University, New York

    Oct 28 , 2016

    Jack Ma made his fortune in online retail, while Wang Jianlin got rich in real estate. Now, both turn their gaze to Hollywood. Their battle for influence is one of those larger-than-life sized conflicts, perfect for reality TV, if not the silver screen.

  • Nathaniel Ahrens Executive Director, American Mandarin Society and Director of China Affairs, University of Maryland

    Oct 06 , 2016

    Language is more than just a tool: it is a framework through which we assess and engage with the world. As the Chinese language skills of Americans atrophy, so too does the ability of these Americans to effectively understand developments, motivations, and situations in China.

  • Zhai Kun Professor, Peking University

    Sep 14 , 2016

    China and the US should seize the development opportunity in the coming 25 years to expand and strengthen young people’s friendship circles in the Asia Pacific, thus enhancing mutual understanding among countries through exchanges in a multilateral framework.

  • Franz-Stefan Gady Associate Editor, Diplomat

    Jul 27 , 2016

    How might a Chinese intelligence analyst explain the United States’ obsession with firearms? Franz-Stefan Gady begins by analyzing its historical origin tied to a national myth. High-profile mass-shootings, paired with a growing discontent with the ruling elite, and the continuous exploitation of American history by powerful civil liberty interest groups, will induce a knee-jerk reaction among Americans that it will be the gun rather than the law that will ultimately protect them from harm.

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