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Bo Xilai Wiretapping Scandal Reveals 'Paranoia' Within Chinese Leadership

Bo Xilai (C), former Communist Party secretary of Chongqing arrives next to Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) and Premier Wen Jiabao (L) during the third plenary session of the National People's Congress's (NPC) annual session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 9, 2012. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom tells CBS News the revelation that Bo Xilai wiretapped high-level Chinese leaders shows 'paranoia' and 'divisions' within the leadership.

It's a Bentley, It's Corruption, It's a Problem

Models stand beside the Bentley Continental GT V8 car during the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition at China International Exhibition Center on April 25, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Policy Corruption is more of a factor in rising economic inequality than the Asian Development Bank gives it credit for in a recent report, writes Asia Society's Andrew Billo.

Expert: India Missile Launch Part of 'Longstanding' Strategy, Not Threat to China

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L) with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Sanya, China on Apr. 13, 2011. Both India and China declined to link India's missile test on Apr. 19, 2012 with the state of their relations. (Nelson Ching/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, foreign editor of the Hindustan Times and Asia Society associate fellow, argues that India's test of a long-range missile this week isn't a signal of deteriorating relations with China.

Vishakha Desai: Rising Asia Must Forge Path for More Women to Lead

Delegates convene at the 2011 Women Leaders of New Asia conference in Singapore. (Asia Society)
Policy

Asian countries must work to ensure that women are key players in the region's rapid growth, write Asia Society President Vishakha Desai and National University of Singapore Vice-Dean Astrid S. Tuminez.

Victor Cha: U.S. Gloats Over North Korea's 'Failed Sputnik' at Its Own Peril

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un salutes as he watches a military parade in Pyongyang on Apr. 15, 2012, two days after a North Korean rocket apparently exploded within minutes of blastoff and plunged into the sea. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

North Korea's failed satellite launch last week doesn't mean the hermit kingdom won't try, and succeed, in the future, according to one of George W. Bush's Asia advisers.

To Understand China, Does It Help To Be From Minnesota?

An overcast day over the old and new China. (**Maurice**/Flickr)
Policy

Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom contemplates whether U.S. reporters and writers from Minnesota who cover China well are stealing the mantle from the previous leader, Missouri.

Former Secretary of State Speaks Candidly About Asian Policy Hotspots [Videos]

Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III in Houston on Thursday, April 12, two days before the grand opening of the Asia Society Texas Center. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
Policy

James A. Baker III spoke to an Asia Society audience in Houston about China, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the "Asian Century."

Schell: Beijing Had 'Knives Out' for 'Theatrical' Bo Xilai

Policy

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, appeared on PBS Newshour last night to talk about the scandal surrounding the dramatic fall of Chinese government official Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai.

Expert: Bo Xilai Scandal No Tiananmen, 'Not Terribly Significant'

A Chinese policeman blocks photos from being taken outside Zhongnanhai, central headquarters for China's Communist Party, after the sacking of politician Bo Xilai from the country's powerful Politburo, in Beijing on April 11, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Steven Lewis says the Bo Xilai scandal is similar to the ousting of other public officials in China, just with more media on hand to pay attention.

Thein Sein, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Avoiding 'Sabotage' in Myanmar

Prime Minister of Myanmar Thein Sein addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 28, 2009. (United Nations Photo/Flickr)
Policy

Conservatives in Myanmar may push back against reforms, says U.S. diplomat Priscilla Clapp, and President Thein Sein will need to be a strong leader to rebuff them.