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Chinese Dilemmas in the South China Sea

Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie gestures during a courtesy visit to Philippine President Benigno Aquino (unseen) at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on May 23, 2011. Aquino said he hoped his talks with Liang would help to avoid a real conflict over the chain of islands in the South China Sea which both countries claim. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Aggressive maritime maneuvers may not serve China's long-term interests, says John D. Cioriciari. 

Experts: Binding Global Agreements Needed to Tackle Climate Change

Skyscrapers are reflected on a man-made lake as a cloud hovers overhead in Singapore in Apr. 2007. Desalination and recycled water are key to addressing the world's growing thirst for the precious resource, officials said here. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change? 

In Dealing with Climate Change, Cities the Right Place to Start

An aerial view of buildings standing out amid haze engulfing Wuhan, central China's Hubei province on Dec. 3, 2009. China will need to invest up to 30 billion dollars a year to meet its goal of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the state press said, citing an academic study. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change?

Asia Society Remembers Pre-Eminent Indian Painter M.F. Husain, 1915-2011

M.F. Husain (1915-2011) in March 1999, seated in front of his 40-foot (13-meter) canvas <i>VIOLENCE</i> at Gallery 7 in Mumbai, India. (Sebastian D'Souza/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

M.F. Husain's passing at 96 years of age signals the end of an era.

Hassan Abbas Picks His Top Five Books on Reforming Pakistan

Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow Hassan Abbas in Houston, Texas in 2009. (Asia Society Texas Center)
Education

Hassan Abbas suggests five books that he feels are critical to understanding and solving the issues that hinder reform in Pakistan.

Orville Schell: China's Direct Investment in Latin America a 'Tipping Point'

China's Vice-President Xi Jinping (L) is seen alongside Cuban President Raul Castro (R), on June 5, 2011 at Revolution Palace in Havana. China has investments in transportation, oil, appliances, communications and tourism in Cuba. (Alejandro Ernesto/AFP/Getty Images)
Business

Orville Schell spoke with the Associated Press about China's recent Latin-American investment spree, and what it could mean for international trade.

What Cities Can, and Can't, Do in Fight Against Climate Change

This image contrasting Manila's financial district with a squatter colony on the banks of the Pasig River (foreground) suggests some of the challenges facing Asia's cities as the effects of climate change become a reality in the 21st century. (Joel Nito/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change?

Maziar Bahari: Iran's Rulers Possibly 'Genocidal, Not Suicidal'

Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, detained by Iranian authorities for 118 days in 2009, at Asia Society New York on June 7, 2011.
Policy

The Iranian-Canadian journalist, jailed by Iran's rulers in 2009, offers a nuanced view of the controversial nuclear program.

Himalayan Meltdown: New Climate Change Film to Screen at Asia Society

Sustainability

Co-produced by the UN Development Programme, Arrowhead Films and Discovery Channel Asia, Himalayan Meltdown examines how the shrinking Himalayan glaciers and rising sea levels are affecting people in China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal.

Interview: After Li Na's French Open Win, Will More Chinese Athletes 'Fly Alone'?

China's Li Na holds the Roland Garros French Open tennis championship trophy in front of the Eiffel Tower on June 4, 2011 in Paris a few hours after winning the French Open Women's final. Li Na made sporting history at the French Open today when she became the first player from China and from Asia to win a Grand Slam singles title. (Alexander Klein/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Beijing-based American writer Maggie Rauch discusses the importance of Li Na's French Open victory and what it might mean for the future of Chinese sports.