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China-ASEAN Hotlines: the Best Fruits in an ‘Early Harvest’
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China-ASEAN Hotlines: the Best Fruits in an ‘Early Harvest’

Beyond search-and-rescue cooperation and crisis management, creating hotlines between China and the 10 ASEAN countries would carry a no less important symbolism: the consensus that the South China Sea issue is not an issue between them as a whole.

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Chinese Media and the Tianjin Disaster
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Chinese Media and the Tianjin Disaster

On the night of August 12, 2015, a series of major explosions swept across the Binhai New Area, a busy port just 40 kilometres east of the northern Chinese city of Tianjin. The explosions occurred less than one kilometre from several high-density residential areas, and damage extended as far as two kilometres from the blast site. It has now been a little over a week since this…

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How similar is Chinese investment in Africa to the West’s?
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How similar is Chinese investment in Africa to the West’s?

China’s economic engagement in Africa has generated a lot of controversy. Headlines in Western newspapers have read: “Into Africa: China’s Wild Rush,” or “China in Africa: Investment or Exploitation?” At the same time, China is more popular among African populations (70 percent with a favorable view) than it is in Asia, Latin America, or Europe, according to Pew surveys. The popularity is no doubt linked to the fact that African growth rates have accelerated…

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Two Countries, One System
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Two Countries, One System

The Sino-American ‘Grand Consensus’ that has benefited both for more than three decades is threatened by new realities and interests in the wake of China’s rise. Both countries must seek effective cooperation, not only to realize mutual benefits, but to jointly play a leadership role for the maintenance and reform of the current international system.

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How Timber Trade Is Shifting Sino-Myanmar Relations
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How Timber Trade Is Shifting Sino-Myanmar Relations

The recent amnesty that freed 155 Chinese loggers might calm Beijing and Kunming, effectively easing diplomatic tension between China and Myanmar. The move could also signal, however, that when it comes to the timber trade, it is business as usual.

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Say It Ain’t So: Hollywood and Self-Censorship
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Say It Ain’t So: Hollywood and Self-Censorship

It’s time for the number one and number two film powers in the world to engage in some mutually beneficial cultural exchange on the big screen, building on the sturdy China-America symbiosis that props open the doors of trade and underpins so much of today’s prosperity.

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China Sheds Its Dollar Fetters
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China Sheds Its Dollar Fetters

Shrill forebodings of a return to ‘currency wars’ and irremediable U.S.-China trade quarrels are overblown – although the prognosis on this front is somewhat mixed. A small step backwards (the yuan devaluation on August 11th) might yet come to reflect the biggest leap forward in Asian economic, trade and financial regionalism in the years and decade ahead.

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The how and why of the Tianjin blasts
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The how and why of the Tianjin blasts

As I noted yesterday, there have been some exceptional examples of reporting on the Tianjin explosions in the Chinese media, despite unrelenting efforts on the part of the Chinese authorities to contain the information fallout, what official media pundits in the social media age often like to call a “public opinion crisis.” Some of these reports have (or perhaps soon will) disappear from the internet …

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How to Commemorate the Sino-American WWII Alliance
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How to Commemorate the Sino-American WWII Alliance

China’s decision to hold a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the WWII is putting Washington again in a position where it can reconcile the wartime animosity between China and Japan.

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RMB Devaluation: It’s Not the Economy, Stupid!
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RMB Devaluation: It’s Not the Economy, Stupid!

The 1.8% devaluation of the yuan has started a debate in China-watching circles about whether or not the People’s Bank of China is trying to make the RMB more market-determined, or trying to make boost its exports. Most likely, Beijing is allowing the RMB to find its feet before the IMF review in November.

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