East Asia

Sowing the Wind

The radioactive dust had not yet settled after the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant when Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan gave a speech saying it was inappropriate to compare the crisis at Fukushima-1 with the accident at Chernobyl in 1986. He said the amounts of radiation released then […]

China and US: a Clash of Interests

Strategic Culture Foundation (Russia) Two events which had been anticipated for quite long took place in the U.S. shortly before the G20 summit in Seoul. On 2 November the Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives, and on 3 November the U.S. Federal Reserve announced that it would pump […]

The Sufferings of a Chinaman in China

Konstantin PENZEV (Russia) If someone had asked me a month ago, “Who Is Liu Xiaobo?” I would have answered: “I don’t know, but judging by the name, he’s probably Chinese.” And if someone had asked me a month ago, “What is the Nobel Peace Prize awarded for?” I’d have said: […]

US Dollar vs. Yuan: Reasons Behind the Conflict

Alexander SALITZKI (Russia) Debates between the US and China over the valuation of the yuan are currently gathering momentum. A new campaign of pressure on Beijing is initiated by the US Congress which proposed a bill authorizing the government to slap duties on China’s imports based on the view that […]

The Uyghur Project

The bloody riots in China’s autonomous regions (the Tibet and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Regions) that broke out during 2008-2009 invariably produced an international reaction from Western governments, human rights organizations, and ethnic and Western nongovernmental civic organizations. They reveal a clear-cut tendency towards consolidation of activities by Tibetan and Uyghur […]