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The leaders of the U.S. and China know that each country's economy depends enormously on the other. China is hugely dependent on selling goods to the U.S. to keep its vast army of workers employed. The U.S. is hugely dependent on China continuing to lend the U.S. government billions of dollars a day.

September 30, 2010

Ask American politicians to explain "human rights" and you're likely to get the usual litany of time-worn liberal democratic abstractions: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, habeas corpus.

September 27, 2010

If there is one fundamental difference between the rise of China and the rise of India, it is that the former is arousing security concerns across Asia while the latter worries almost no one.

September 25, 2010

How Asia's geopolitical landscape will evolve over the next couple of decades is not easy to foresee. But it is apparent that an increasingly assertive China is unwittingly reinforcing America's role in Asia as the implicit guarantor of security and stability.

September 25, 2010

The visit of U.S. National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers and Deputy National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon that started Sunday kicks off a historically busy period of U.S.-China exchanges on which a lot is riding in the world’s most important bilateral relationship.

September 7, 2010

Strategic tensions between Asia's rising giants, China and India, are palpably worsening. While there's enough blame for this situation to go around, much of it does lie with China. But India also needs to rethink its approach to great power rivalry in order to manage the contest sensibly.

September 2, 2010

China’s recent assertiveness in the East and South China Seas and along the Sino-Indian border has prompted intense debate. Is Beijing finally showing its real irredentist colors? Is this a short-term display of nationalism as party leaders jockey for positions in the Politburo and Central Committee in 2012?

September 2, 2010

The Obama administration's hopes that its warmer approach to Beijing would yield a more fruitful Sino-American relationship have been disappointed. Rather than adopting a more cooperative bearing, Beijing has become increasingly assertive over the past year.

August 24, 2010

China's ascension to the world's second-largest economy, surpassing Japan, has led to predictions that it will inevitably snatch the No. 1 spot from the United States.

August 24, 2010

It's that time of year again; the time when the Pentagon rolls out its annual threat assessment on China. The Pentagon has been issuing these reports since 2000, pursuant to US law.

August 18, 2010

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