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Opinion: With Fast-Track in Place, Key Issues Remain for TPP in Asia

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (R) smiles with US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) president Philip Seng (L) and the mascot for US pork 'Gochipo' (C) as she inspects the US booth at the annual 'Foodex' food exhibition in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on March 3, 2015. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
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Former Asia Society fellow Shom Sen writes that even though "Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are in the home stretch, some key issues require hard decisions by respective governments."

The Iran Nuclear Deal: A 'Monumental Outcome,' With a Long Backstory

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a final press conference of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015. (Samuel Kubani/AFP/Getty Images)
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The landmark pact was the product not only of marathon negotiations — it also had roots in efforts begun nearly two decades ago in the so-called "back channels" of global diplomacy.

Interview: How India's Media is 'Often Fearless, But Seldom Objective'

Two men in Amritsar, India read newspapers on April 26, 2015. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)
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Columnist Santosh Desai describes how the Indian press often promotes "muscular nationalism" and how "the integration of media with the market has damaged objectivity."

Interview: What an Aging and Shrinking Population Means for Japan

Elderly Tokyo residents rest in a temple on September 15, 2014 as the country marks Respect for the Aged Day. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
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Social scientist Roger Goodman describes how Japan's unprecedented demographic shift is forcing the country to "become a more liberal society."

Orville Schell: To Restore Relationship, US and China Should Consider 'Previously Unthinkable Options'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves after the closing news conference on June 24, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. Officials from the U.S. and China participated in the seventh annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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"To achieve any kind of lasting breakthrough in the China-United States relationship, both sides must be prepared to make difficult concessions," writes Asia Society's Orville Schell in the New York Times.

Kevin Rudd on CNBC: Don't Confuse the Chinese Stock Market with Overall Economy

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Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, cautioned “the stock market plays a relatively small role in the overall context of Chinese financial markets.”

Weekly Rewind: Inside China's Stock Market Crash, a Rohingya Mother's Journey, Modi's 'Super' Tweet

Competitors dressing in costumes paddle their boats during the Hong Kong Airlines Fancy Dress Race at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival Race on July 5, 2015 in Hong Kong. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images for Hong Kong Images)
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Our latest Weekly Rewind, featuring some of the best Asia-related content you may have missed from the past seven days.

Time to 'Freak Out' About Chinese Stocks? Depends on Who You Ask

Investors check share prices in a stock firm in Fuyang, China on June 29, 2015. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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We scanned dozens of stories on China's stock market plunge, which some experts say could threaten "a government that loves absolute control."

Kevin Rudd and Ajay Banga: It's Time for India to Join APEC

n Indian technician checks mobile phones at the Chinese Celkon Manufacturing plant at Medchal Mandal in the Rangareddy district on the outskirts of Hyderabad on June 26, 2015. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)
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“APEC membership is a low-risk, high-reward pathway for India to participate more fully in the Asia-Pacific and global trading system,” write Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd and MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga in the Wall Street Journal Asia.

Weekly Rewind: #SelfieWithDaughter, Magical Tattoos in Phnom Penh, and a Robot Wedding in Tokyo

Filipino LGBT participants march in Luneta park during the Pride March on June 27, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
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Our latest Weekly Rewind, featuring some of the best Asia-related content you may have missed from the past seven days.