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Interview: Jonathan Spence on the China-India Relationship

Yale University Sterling Professor of History Emeritus Jonathan Spence in Washington, DC in May 2010. (

Ahead of his November 3 Asia Society appearance, historian Jonathan Spence talks to Asia Blog about the historical nature of the Sino-Indian relationship and how the two countries may interact in the future.

In China, Staying a Step Ahead of the Censors

An image from Pi San's

A New York Times story profiles two activists who use gags, puns, and other tricks to defy China's notorious Internet controls.

New US-China Forum Sends Top American Artists to Beijing

Participants in the November 2011 US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture.

Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma, Joel Coen, and Amy Tan are just some of the American cultural figures going to Beijing next month for four days of unprecedented cultural exchange.

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.

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.

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)

Deng Xiaoping biographer Ezra Vogel discusses to what extent the Tiananmen Square incident tarnished Deng's record of reform. 

Arvind Subramanian: Chinese Currency and American 'Conceit'

A bank clerk counts a stack of U.S and Chinese bills at a bank in Huaibei, in eastern China's Anhui province, on May 20, 2010. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

A new President of the United States is on his way to meet the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, who is a Chinese national, to ask him for money to salvage the American economony — possibly on the verge of collapse.

Not Your Father's Confucius

Visitors to the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China, react to a sculpture of Confucius by artist Zhang Huan. (Rockbund Art Museum)

For the better part of two millennia, Confucius and his ideas of social harmony and responsibility have been venerated throughout China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. As these countries confronted the challenges of modernity in the 20th century, however, people began to look critically at the legacy of the sage from Lu.

Aerotropolis: A Flight Plan for Asia's Urban Future

A jetliner takes off over the Beijing Capital International airport in Beijing. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The sleek, modern airports that have popped up all over East Asia have become the envy of the world, causing even President Obama to mention them in his 2011 State of the Union speech. In their new book Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next, Greg Lindsay and John D. Kasarda argue that these airports are not only impressive for aesthetic and functional reasons, but also because they represent a glimpse into how our future cities will be organized.

Interview: Arvind Subramanian on a Dominant China

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) looks on as his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao answers a question during a press conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 19, 2011. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Author of Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance suggests the era of Chinese economic leadership may already be upon us.

Metzl: U.S. Currency Bill Addresses 'Massively Undervalued' Yuan


“We are harming you. But if you defend yourself, you're going to start a fight,” said Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl, referring to the proposal by the U.S. Senate aimed at punishing China for keeping the yuan undervalued. In an interview hosted by Matt Miller on the Bloomberg television program Fast Forward, Metzl debated the China currency bill with Dan Ikenson, associate director for trade policy at the Cato Institute.