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Carl Minzner: China's Legal System Risks 'Hard Landing'

Before a security crackdown, a demonstrator protests the construction of a 55.9 billion yuan (US$8.9 billion) chemical plant in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, on October 28, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Law professor Carl Minzner argues that if China doesn't reform its legal system, the country "might resemble 19th-century Russia more than 20th-century South Korea or Taiwan."

Video: Beijing Water Cube Translates Entire Spectrum of Emotions Into Colored Light

Beijing's Water Cube lights up with the
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Feeling blue? Or red? Or green? The Beijing Water Cube can tell! Using micro-blogging site Weibo, a custom installation analyzes the mood of the day and generates an appropriate color scheme for a light display on the Water Cube.

Photo of the Day: Taking a Quick Nap in Indonesia

A man reclines in his seat and takes a quick nap alongside a market street in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on June 23, 2013. (Kurniawan Gunadi/Flickr)
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A man reclines in his seat and takes a quick nap alongside a market street in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on June 23, 2013. (Kurniawan Gunadi/Flickr)

Why a Proposed Chinese Takeover is Washington's Latest Pork Outrage

CEO of Smithfield Foods Larry Pope (L) and Matthew Slaughter (R), director of the Center for Global Business and Government, answer questions during a Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing, July 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Business

Would the largest Chinese takeover of an American company compromise American's national security? ChinaFile experts weigh in.

Photos: Asian Elephants! Awe-Inspiring, Adorable, and Endangered

One-day-old baby Jamilah at Chester Zoo, in Chester, England, on January 24, 2011. Because the gestation period for elephants is nearly two years, babies are born already able to stand and walk, though gaining full control of their feet and trunks can take up to nine months. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

Human activity increasingly threatens the Asian elephant's habitat. Expert Raman Sukumar speaks about this extraordinary creature at Asia Society Texas Center this Thursday, July 18.

Orville Schell: Don't Mistake 'Chinese Dream' for a Horatio Alger 'Bootstraps' Story [Video]

L to R: John Delury, Orville Schell, and Jonathan Spence at Asia Society New York on July 16, 2013.
Policy

In a conversation with Yale University's Jonathan Spence, Orville Schell and John Delury launched their new book Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century last night at Asia Society New York.

Interview: Nuanced Documentary 'Powerless' Illuminates India's Energy Crisis

Loha Singh risks his life to connect electrical wires to redirect energy to the underprivileged. (Powerless Film)
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Robin Hood takes the form of a 28-year-old electrician in Kanpur, India, stealing electricity from the rich to give to the poor. Director Fahad Mustafa sheds light on the story and the risks taken in pursuit of energy equality.

Interview: Historian Investigates the 'Pity of Partition' Through Manto's Life and Writing

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Arts

Historian Ayesha Jalal turns a literary lens on the traumatic events of 1947 and their aftermath. In-person appearance at Asia Society India Centre, with filmmaker Shyam Benegal, on Thursday, July 18.

Photo of the Day: Loving Wishes in Japan

A couple writes wishes on amulets for lovers and friends in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on June 22, 2013. (Jeremy G./Flickr)
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A couple writes wishes on amulets for lovers and friends in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on June 22, 2013.(Jeremy G./Flickr)

Video: Could the Dennis Rodman Approach be the Key to Cracking North Korea?

L to R: Bill Richardson, Donald Gregg, and Jon Williams at Asia Society New York on July 11, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Policy

In a joint appearance at Asia Society New York, former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson and Ambassador Donald Gregg discuss the pivotal roles the internet and "sports diplomacy" could play in finding a peaceful resolution to the North Korean impasse.