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Orville Schell: A 'More Even Keel' for US-China Relations?

Chinese and American Vice Presidents Xi Jinping and Joe Biden visit Asia Society’s International Studies Learning Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 17, 2012. (Courtesy of the school)
Policy

The Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and other experts share insights into what Xi Jinping brings to the U.S-China relationship.

Interview: Robert Barnett on Why Tibetans Are Setting Themselves on Fire

Tibetans offer prayers near mock coffins to represent the victims self-immolation during a rally in Siliguri, in the Indian state of West Bengal, on February 8, 2012. China said February 7 it would 'resolutely crack down' on any attempts to instigate violence in Tibetan-inhabited areas, where authorities have launched a deadly clampdown on protesters. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Current tensions — including Tibetan monks and nuns using self-immolation as a form of protest — are not going to disappear without some concession from China's government, says a leading Tibet expert.

Interview: Ryan Pyle, an 'Anthropologist With a Camera' in China [Photos]

Multimedia

Photographer Ryan Pyle discusses his wide selection of stunning black and white photos from China with the Asia Blog.

Photos: Vanishing Cultures Project Captures Threatened Tibetan Traditions

Multimedia

The Vanishing Cultures Project's photographer-and-writer team journeyed to a remote corner of Nepal to document the indigenous Loba people and threats to their way of life.

Tiger, Tiger: Can the US and China 'Live Harmoniously'?

US President Barack Obama and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping speak during meetings in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, February 14, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The two countries must not allow election year hysteria and nationalist forces to taint what will continue to be an essential, albeit challenging, relationship, write Andrew Billo and Yan Shufen.

In Australia, It's Rudd vs. Gillard, Part II

Will Australia's Kevin Rudd have the last laugh? (Alan Porritt/Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

Even veteran MPs, who regularly slug it out in Australia’s parliament, are taken aback by Kevin Rudd’s dramatic comeback campaign, writes Geoff Spencer.

Interview: William Dalrymple and the 'Very Attractive' World of the Late Mughals

Historian, travel writer and journalist William Dalrymple reading from his collection
Arts

The acclaimed historian relates how he came to co-curate an Asia Society Museum exhibition, and explains his ongoing fascination with the late Mughal era.

Photo of the Day: Angry Birds in Burma

Multimedia

Angry Birds are the dominant motif on balloons sold in a village on the outskirts of Yangon, Burma on February 20, 2012. (Rafat Ali)

US and China VPs Schooled in International Studies [Photos]

International Studies Learning Center students presented Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and American Vice President Joe Biden with gifts. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
Education

Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping visited Asia Society's International Studies Learning Center in Los Angeles on Friday.

Paula Scher, Designer of Asia Society Logo, Opens New Windows for Microsoft

Lifestyle

Scher, responsible for the graphic identities of many well known New York institutions, has given the Windows logo a minimalist polish ahead of its upcoming OS upgrade.