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Chen Guangcheng “Can Apply to Study Abroad”

Chinese authorities announced on Friday that Chen Guangcheng would be allowed to apply to study abroad, suggesting a possible accommodation of his new wish to spend time in the US. He remains isolated in Beijing’s Chaoyang...

China’s Premier Seeks Reforms and Relevance

The New York Times discusses Wen Jiabao’s position as Beijing’s “human face”, his repeated calls for reform and transparency, and what substance might really lie behind them: “When Wen became...

Tech Savvy Politics

While the world is transfixed by the Tahrir Square struggle in Cairo and the role of new media, China quietly removed “Egypt” as a searchable term on its web. Egypt has brought to the fore the challenges China’s next generation...

A Country on the Edge – John Pomfret

In the Washington Post, John Pomfret reviews Fragile Superpower by Susan Shirk: At a time when much writing about China frothily presumes the unstoppable rise of a global titan, it
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