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Pollution Has Residents Breathless in Beijing

A truck containing used plastic bottles travels along a highway covered in haze in Beijing on December 5, 2011. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Air pollution in Beijing is nothing new. But this week international media has been reporting that the thick smog hanging over China's capital actually appears to be getting worse.

Survey: Hong Kong Slightly Cheaper, But Still One of Asia's 10 Most Expensive Cities

Hong Kong harbor. (Roger Wagner/Flickr)
Business

Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore have overtaken Hong Kong among the 10 most expensive places in Asia, according to a survey just published by ECA International for the year 2011.

Asia Society Visit to China Underscores Need for Further Cultural Exchange

Meryl Streep talks about her craft with fellow actor Ge You (葛优) during a panel discussion
Arts

A group of prominent American artists traveled to Beijing last week for the U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture, a festival organized by Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and the Aspen Institute in order to promote cross-cultural ties.

Evan Osnos on 'Coal + Ice' (Plus More Stunning Photos)

YU HAIBO, Pingdingshan, Henan Province, China, 2007
Multimedia

Earlier today, Evan Osnos, the Beijing-based staff writer for The New Yorker (and the 2007 winner of the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia), wrote a blog post about the exhibit (and his fears for the health of anyone breathing Beijing's perpetually "hazardous" air).

'Coal + Ice' Exhibition Opens in Beijing

Yang Junpo, <i>Pingdingshan, Henan Province, China</i>, 1996.

Today's New York Times devotes extensive coverage to Coal + Ice, a new photography exhibition that opened last weekend at the Three Shadows gallery in Beijing.

Biden Time in Beijing

US VP Joe Biden speaks during the opening session of the 2011 US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue May 9, 2011 in in Washington, DC. Looking on from left are: State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vice Premier Wang Qishan. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

This week, Vice President Biden travels to China to face his creditors. He is hoping to calm unease over the United States' much-criticized debt-ceiling deal and an upcoming decision on arms sales to Taiwan.

Ai Weiwei: 'I Was Like a Little Soybean'

UPDATE: Ai Weiwei appears to be testing his limits again. The artist — supposedly banned from Twitter by the Chinese government — sent out two short tweets today (or someone using his account sent them out). The first tweet said 问个好吧。(Let's say hi.) and the second tweet said 嗯,抱抱。安 (Ah, hugs. Peace.).

Ni Howdy! China Lassoes a Rodeo

Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping sports a cowboy hat during a Texas rodeo in 1979. (File)
Lifestyle

Beijing's Bird Nest playing host to Rodeo China October 3-10, 2011. We get you started with a quick lesson in Chinese rodeo vocabulary.

Interview: Gordon G. Chang on Chongqing's 'Magic' and China's Coming 'Economic Turbulence'

Pedestrians pass a courtyard between high-rise apartments in southwest China's Chongqing municipality on January 28, 2011. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Business

The author and Forbes.com columnist moderates a discussion at Asia Society in New York entitled "Western China: China's Real Estate Frontier – The Development of Chongqing" on April 27, 2011.

Interview: Jonah Kessel, 'The Fate of Old Beijing: The Vanishing Hutongs'

Jonah Kessel
Lifestyle

A series of documentary videos, produced for Asia Society, looks at the destruction of Beijing's historic hutong neighborhoods.