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Taiwan Blocks Dalai Lama Visit

Taiwanese authorities have refused to provide a visa for the Dalai Lama, who was due to address a women’s organisation there next month. From the AFP: The Taiwan chapter of the Federation of Business and Professional...

China’s Olympic Fetish for First

With 42 medals, 20 of them coated with those much coveted 30 carats, China is just behind the U.S. for first in the overall and gold medal counts at London 2012 (as of August 3, 14:00 PST). In China, there has long been a...

How China Saw the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Since the opening of the Beijing Olympics four years ago—a declaration of national arrival which awed some and terrified others—the question has lingered of how London would follow it. Comparisons were inevitable, and perhaps...

U.S. Firm to Advise China on Nuclear Power

China has struck an agreement with Chicago-based Exelon Group in which instructors will provide consulting and training services to an arm of state-owned China National Nuclear Corp., providing the Chinese with an opportunity to...

China Showcases Next Olympic Stars

The 7th Chinese City Games opened in Jianxi’s provincial capital of Nanchang on Sunday, but not without a nontraditional approach to breeding talent in the last significant multi-sport event China will hold before the 2012...

The Renminbi: The Political Economy of a Currency

At Foreign Policy, Arthur Kroeber embarks on an epic overview of political issues surrounding the yuan, from controversial exchange rates to its questionable future as an international reserve currency. He dismisses the popular...

Beijing: Capital of the World?

The Economist’s moreintelligentlife.com wonders whether, were the host city for the UN headquarters to be chosen today, a Chinese city might win out. When politicians were debating where to put the headquarters of the new...

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