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Upcoming Summits Underscore Importance of East Asia in U.S. Strategy

(L to R) Chinese President Hu Jintao, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stand together for a photograph at the Group of 20 (G20) Cannes Summit at the Palais des Festivals November 3, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Chris Ratcliffe-Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

Earlier today, the Asia Society released a task force report entitled U.S.-East Asia Relations: A Strategy for Multilateral Engagement. This report, compiled by an international group of experts, presents a series of practical recommendations on what the U.S. can do to build constructive relationships with Asian countries.

Taiwan For Sale?

Flags of the United States and Taiwan fly outside Chinatown gate in Washington, D.C. (Flickr/Photo Phiend)
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In today's New York Times, former Harvard academic Paul V. Kane writes that the United States should terminate its defense arrangement with Taiwan in exchange for China forgiving the $1.14 trillion of U.S. debt that it holds. Kane argues that this move would be:

Video: Freed AIDS/HIV Doctors Reflect on Iran Captivity

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Pioneering Iranian doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei, discuss their time in captivity in Tehran's notorious Evin prison.

Pakistani Activist Honored With Human Rights Award

Asma Jahangir, recipient of the UNA-USA Human Rights Award, in New York City on Nov. 9, 2011. (Joseph Catapano/UNA-USA)
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Asma Jahangir, Pakistani human rights activist and outgoing president of Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association, was awarded the 2011 United Nations Association of USA (UNA-USA) Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force award November 9 at a special ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

Jahangir spoke about fighting the odds to uphold human rights as a former rapporteur for the UN and the challenges she faced as an international monitor on human rights in Pakistan.

Interview: Beena Sarwar on Journalism and Safety in Pakistan

Journalist Beena Sarwar. (Maha Sarwar Shahid)
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The body of missing Pakistani journalist Javed Naseer Rind was found on Saturday in a remote part of the troubled Pakistani province of Balochistan, marking the seventh death of a Pakistani journalist in 2011 and placing Pakistan on pace to rank as the world’s deadliest place for journalists for the second year in a row, according to a report by The Committee to Protect Journalists.

Does it Matter if Jon Huntsman is 'Fluent' in Mandarin Chinese?

Jon Huntsman (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
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Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and U.S. Ambassador to China — and current Republican candidate for president — is at the center of a discussion that reveals our assumptions about language perhaps better than any other: the idea of “fluency.”

Mongolia: Balancing Economy with Environment

Mongolian Prime Minister Batbold Sukhbaatar at Asia Society New York on Oct. 28, 2011. (Anthony Trujillo)
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Mongolian Prime Minister Batbold Sukhbaatar discusses his strategy for fostering economic growth while preserving the environment.

Huntsman Woos Colbert in Mandarin, But 'Delivery' Joke Falls Flat

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman (L) talks to Stephen Colbert on the 'Colbert Report' October 24, 2011.
Policy

Republican presidential hopeful and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman spoke Mandarin on Comedy Central's Colbert Report last night, but most media outlets reported on his would-be attempt at humor.

Taiwanese Artist Brings Burma, 'Land of Shadows,' to Light

An image from Taiwanese artist Chien-Chi Chang's Magnum in Motion photo essay.
Policy

Taiwanese artist Chien-Chi Chang explores the paradox of Burmese society in a riveting photo essay. 

Ezra Vogel on Tiananmen and Deng Xiaoping

A file photo dated 25 Oct. 1987 shows China's late political patriarch Deng Xiaoping as he applauds during a session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People. (John Giannini/AFP/Getty Images)
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Deng Xiaoping biographer Ezra Vogel discusses to what extent the Tiananmen Square incident tarnished Deng's record of reform.