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Interview: Former US Ambassador Speaks Out on 'Murky' Chen Guangcheng Saga

Chinese activist activist Chen Guangcheng (L) is seen in a wheelchair pushed by a nurse at the Chaoyang hospital in Beijing on May 2, 2012. (Jordan Pouille/AFP/GettyImages)
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Former U.S. Ambassador to China Winston Lord says the U.S. government is likely doing everything it can to help ensure legal reformer Chen Guangcheng's rights.

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)
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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.

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)
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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

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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)
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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.

Karl Marx and China's Big Chill 2.0

This statue of Karl Marx (L) and Friedrich Engels graces Shanghai's Fuxing Park. (Hennie Schaper/Flickr)
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As China embarks on another internet crackdown in the name of maintaining stability, Jeffrey Wasserstrom calls into question the predictive powers of Karl Marx.

Peter Popham: Aung San Suu Kyi Always 'Knew What She Wanted'

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On the eve of parliamentary elections, biographer Peter Popham discussed Aung San Suu Kyi's unconventional path to political leadership, and Myanmar's political future, at Asia Society New York.

Stakes High in War Over Indonesia's Gas Prices

An Indonesian policeman shoots tear gas towards protesters during a protest against the government's plan to hike prices of fuel in Surabaya on March 29, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Lifting fuel subsidies to invest in education, social services and infrastructure is a necessary step to secure Indonesia’s economic and political future, writes Ann Marie Murphy.

India and the United States: Whither Democracies?

Samajwadi Party leader and designate chief minister for Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav leaves parliament after the opening of the budget session in New Delhi on March 12, 2012. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Unfolding events in India and the U.S. suggest there's actually hope for the democratic process, argues Asia Society President Vishakha Desai.

Red Songs, Black Boxes and the Tale of Bo Xilai

The likeness of Bo Xilai, in red, adorns the
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The downfall of Bo Xilai reveals that there continues to be something surreal about trying to keep up with Chinese high politics, writes Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom.