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Orville Schell: Hong Kong Demonstrations Challenge President Xi Jinping's Hard Line

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a toast during the National Day reception marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of the PRC at the Great Hall Of The People in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2014. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
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In an essay for the Wall Street Journal, the Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations argues that President Xi's tough stance in the past now puts him in a bind in dealing with Hong Kong's demonstrations.

Video: Orville Schell Warns of 'Extremely Dangerous Prospect' on Hong Kong's Horizon

A pro-democracy protestor stands before a photographer in Hong Kong as thousands of others remain on the streets of the city after a weekend of protests. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Appearing on Charlie Rose, the Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations fears what Beijing's "much more militant posture" could mean for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Video: VIP Panel Assesses How to Move 'from Policies to Practice' in Girls' Education

L to R: Akie Abe, Sheena Iyengar, Young Joon Kim, Josette Sheeran, and Terri McCullough at Asia Society New York on Sept. 26, 2014. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)
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Japan's first lady and Asia Society President Josette Sheeran were just two of the powerhouse panelists who looked at the steps needed to ensure that girls and women around the world have access to quality schooling.

Listen: Nisha Biswal on the U.S.'s 'Intense Summer of Engagement' with India

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj during a meeting in New Delhi July 31, 2014. (Raveendran/Getty Images)
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For ASPI’s Sep. 17 AsiaConnect briefing, Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Affairs, spoke about Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Washington and the state of U.S.-India relations.

The Xi-Modi Agenda: Centering China-India Relations on Economic Cooperation

China’s President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 15, 2014. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/Getty Images)
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Anubhav Gupta of the Asia Society Policy Institute considers how Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi might move forward on economic cooperation even as bilateral tensions persist on other fronts.

Can Xi and Modi Establish an Economic Partnership? Experts Share Their Views

This photo taken on September 10, 2014 shows gantry cranes lined up at the new Chinese-majority owned Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) in Colombo. China's president kicked off his first South Asia tour with a visit to Beijing's latest investment in Sri Lanka, a US$1.4 billion port city development to include a marina and a Formula One track, all just 250 kilometres (150 miles) from India's coast.
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Ahead of the Chinese President’s visit to India beginning Sep. 17, we asked experts for their views on how Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi might enhance economic relations between China and India amid broader geopolitical issues.

Video: Trash Talking, Literally, with China's Determined Documentarian Wang Jiuliang

Empty plastic bottles in China. (Carsten ten Brink/Flickr)
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Ahead of his August 20 Asia Society New York appearance, filmmaker Wang Jiuliang talks about his experience documenting landfills in Beijing and his upcoming documentary Plastic China.

Remembering Burma, and Suu Kyi, a Quarter-Century Later

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a gathering of supporters at her residential compound in Yangon, Burma on January 4, 1997. (David Van Der Veen/AFP/Getty Images)
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Asia Society's Tom Nagorski reflects on a long-ago visit with Myanmar's indomitable opposition leader. "Even the greatest icons of dissent," he writes, "often face difficulties when the post-dissent life comes, with all its messy reality."

Interview: Modi's India Could Be a 'Less Caring Society,' Says Stanford Scholar

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In Narendra Modi's India, argues Stanford Professor Thomas Blom Hansen, "structural violence" may replace "open violence" toward Muslims and other minorities. Hansen participates in an Asia Society Northern California panel on Modi's India later today.

Before His Detainment Today, Jose Antonio Vargas on Why 'the Media Has Largely Failed' Undocumented Immigrants

Immigration reform activist Jose Antonio Vargas appeared onstage at Asia Society New York following a screening of his film
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As talks on Capitol Hill to overhaul the immigration system have fizzled out in recent months, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas has embarked on a mission to educate the American public about its surging immigrant population and the cracks within its immigration laws.