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China's Next Leaders: A Guide to What's at Stake

A paramilitary police officer collects the Chinese national flag during the flag-lowering ceremony at Tiananmen Square on November 13, 2012. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Policy

Figuring out how to transfer power at the top in the absence of an open and legitimate leadership selection process is the biggest political challenge China faces.

Multimedia: New Film 'Buffalo Girls' Explores World of Child Boxing in Thailand

Stam, one of two eight-year-old Thai boxers profiled in Todd Kellstein's new documentary
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After years spent documenting underground child boxing in Thailand, filmmaker Todd Kellstein says, "It became clear that as a foreigner, I was in no place to judge."

Photo of the Day: Lit Up for Diwali in India

A man holds up decorative oil lamps at a shop ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India on November 6, 2012. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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A man holds up decorative oil lamps at a shop ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India on November 6, 2012. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

Photos: Myanmar Earthquake Claims Several Lives, Takes Down a Bridge and a Buddha

A rescue boat works near a damaged bridge in Kyauk Myaung township in central Myanmar following a 6.8-magnitude quake on Nov. 11, 2012. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
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A photo gallery documents the aftermath of this past weekend's earthquake in northern Myanmar, which brought down a bridge, damaged a Buddhist pagoda, and claimed several lives.

Photo of the Day: Charging Elephant in Indonesia

An elephant charges to protect its land in the Kabini Forest in Nagarle, Karnataka, Indonesia on May 30, 2012. (VinothChandar/Flickr)
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An elephant charges to protect its land in the Kabini Forest in Nagarle, Karnataka, Indonesia on May 30, 2012. (VinothChandar/Flickr)

Video: Former US Ambassador Says 'China Expertise' an 'Oxymoron'

 Two soldiers dressed as ushers guard in front of a curtain during a meeting of the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Policy

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Winston Lord discusses the "perils of prediction" when it comes to China's leadership.

Interview: Schwartz Book Award Winner Brahma Chellaney on Asia's Water Future

Future site of the Xayaburi Dam in Laos. (International Rivers/Flickr)
Policy

In Asia, says the latest winner of Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz Book Award, water has gone from being just an environmental issue to becoming a strategic issue.

How Will China's New Leaders Approach Rising Tide of Environmental Protests?

Smokestacks in China's Yunnan Province. (Sean Barnard/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society Senior Advisor Junjie Zhang argues that addressing China's pollution and environmental degradation problems must be at the top of Xi Jinping's agenda.

Photo of the Day: Sunset on the Rocks in Malaysia

The sun sets over the rocky waters in Labuan, Malaysia on May 28, 2012. (SaturatedEyes/Flickr)
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The sun sets over the rocky waters in Labuan, Malaysia on May 28, 2012. (SaturatedEyes/Flickr)

Video: 5 Areas of Change to Look for Under China's New Leadership

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping walks past Chinese President Hu Jintao (front left), former Chinese President Jiang Zemin (front right) and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao (front right) during the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People on November 8, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Policy

As China ushers in a new generation of leaders, Hamid Biglari, Head of Emerging Markets at Citicorp, discusses topics that should be at the top of Xi Jinping's to-do list.