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Ai Weiwei 'Intensively Dedicating Himself to His Artistic Creation'

Ai Weiwei (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

The New York Times reports that recently freed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei — whose New York photos are currently on display at Asia Society Museum — is reportedly back at work. Swiss gallery owner Urs Meile told the paper that he visited Ai from June 30 to July 3 and that the artist was in good health.

China's Looming 'Debt Monster': Problem or Investment?

View from the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai looking over development in PuDong, 2007. (

China has accumulated massive debt through government spending on a "massive stimulus program" and "giant public projects," but the future of such investments is uncertain.

Chinese Investors 'Rescue' Small U.S. Companies 'From a Very Tough Economy'

Detail view of China's 100 yuan note. (David Dennis/Flickr)

U.S. companies recieved $5 billion in Chinese investments in 2010, but it "may be only the beginning of a tidal wave of direct Chinese investment in American businesses," James Flanigan wrote yesterday in a New York Times article on Asia Society's recently released special report, "An American Open Door?"

Asia Must Take Initiative on Climate Change, Regardless of the US

India's Taj Mahal, visible through the surrounding haze, at sunrise. (Tine Steiss/Flickr)

This past week, former American Vice President Al Gore sharply criticized the Obama administration for failing to significantly alter United States policy on climate change and energy. What role should American leadership play in shaping government policies on climate change throughout Asia? Alternatively, what global leadership role exists for developed and developing Asian countries themselves in areas like clean energy and global warming mitigation? Is the possibility of a global deal on climate change completely dead? If so, can it be resuscitated?

Media Zooms in on Ai Weiwei's New York Photos

Ai Weiwei Outside Tompkins Square Park, 1986.

Opening just seven days after the famed Chinese artist's release from detention for alleged tax evasion in China, the Asia Society Museum exhibition Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 received immediate and widespread coverage from international news media.

As CCP Turns 90, Time For 'Backward Glances' and 'Symbolic Gestures'

A Chinese military band practices inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing before celebrations start for the Chinese Communist Party's 90th anniversary on July 1, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom has a piece in Miller-McCune magazine set to coincide with today's 90th anniversary of the Chineses Anniversary. In "Whose Road Led to Hu’s China?" Wasserstrom — author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know — asks, "What kinds of historical echoes sound loudest in today’s China?

U.S. Lacking Policy Leadership on Clean Energy

India Bundled Wind: A laborer is seen working at a deisel powered crusher infont of a wind turbine. (Land Rover Our Planet/Flickr)

Peter Timmer asks whether Asian countries can provide regional leadership on clean energy and global warming mitigation.

On Climate Change, U.S. Must Set Example for the World

Mekong Delta, Vietnam. (David Conger, Flickr)

Shen Yamei, assistant research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) says that the Obama administration must increase public awareness of the dangers facing the environment.

Understanding the Asian Position on Climate Change


Ravi Narayanan, Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Water Forum, discusses the role of the United States in influencing Asia's approach to climate change.

Asian Countries Must 'Act Decisively' Before Climate-Related Disasters

Ningxia Yinyi wind farm. Ningxia Province, China. (Land Rover Our Planet/Flickr)

Ravi Narayanan of the Asia Pacific Water Forum discusses the need for disaster preparedness among both developing and developed Asian countries.