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Ai Weiwei Testing His Boundaries on Google+?

Weiwei's alleged Google+ profile and most recent post,
Arts

A month ago Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei — jailed for "economic crimes" — was released on bail under the conditions that he pay back his alleged unpaid taxes and, more importantly, maintain media silence, including through Twitter for "one year, at least."

Hillary Clinton to Asia: Debt Ceiling Debate 'Intense,' But Don't Worry

US Sec. of State Hillary Clinton gives a speech at the American Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong on July 25, 2011. Clinton told Asian business leaders she was confident US lawmakers would reach a deal to avert a debt default. (Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In Hong Kong yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton publicly addressed several major economic issues, chief among them the ongoing fracas in Washington over raising the U.S. debt ceiling before an August 2 deadline.

In a speech co-organized by several local branches of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Asia Society Hong Kong, Clinton conceded that "the political wrangling in Washington is intense right now."

Video Highlights: Lobsang Sangay on What's Next for Tibet

Lobsang Sangay and Jamie Metzl on stage at the Asia Society in New York on July 19, 2011.
Policy

Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the newly elected Kalon Tripa (or Prime Minister) of the Tibetan Government in Exile, appeared at the Asia Society in New York on Tuesday in conversation with an old friend from Harvard Law School — Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl. One writer covering the event called Sangay — who was born in India and has never set foot in Tibet — "charming, extremely intelligent ...

How to Clean Up the Pacific Ocean

No trash. California, 2008 (José Antonio Galloso/Flickr)
Sustainability

A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, found that tens of thousands of tons of debris are ingested annually by fish in the Pacific Ocean. In this week's Sustainability Roundtable, we asked our experts how Asia and the United States can cooperate to tackle the problem of pollution in the Pacific Ocean. Is there a chance for collaboration on cleaning and waste management efforts?

Clinton's Asian Swing Comes at Time of 'Increasing Uncertainty'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) receives flowers after disembarking from her plane upon her arrival in Chennai, India on July 20, 2011. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who continues her swing through Asia this week, wrapped up two days of high-level meetings in India on Wednesday. On Tuesday in New Delhi, Clinton talked trade and investment and met with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna.

Japan's Victory: A Triumph Bigger Than the World Cup

Japan's midfielder Homare Sawa celebrates after the FIFA Women's Football World Cup final match Japan vs USA on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. Japan won 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after the final had finished 2-2 following extra-time. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

When Japan's women's soccer team fought back to a close victory against the United States in the World Cup final on Sunday in Germany, it broke a 26-game losing streak against the Americans. But the win was much more than just an underdog sports story, it was also a significant upturn for the nation's collective pride.

Asian Nations Could Help Form 'Pacific Pollution Patrol'

Waste on a beach in Malaysia. (epSos .de/Flickr)
Sustainability

A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, found that tens of thousands of tons of debris are ingested annually by fish in the Pacific Ocean. In this week's Sustainability Roundtable, we asked our experts how Asia and the United States can cooperate to tackle the problem of pollution in the Pacific Ocean. Is there a chance for collaboration on cleaning and waste management efforts?

The Deadly Cost of Marine Debris

Trash in the Great Pacific. (cesar harada/Flickr)
Sustainability

A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, found that tens of thousands of tons of debris are ingested annually by fish in the Pacific Ocean. In this week's Sustainability Roundtable, we asked our experts how Asia and the United States can cooperate to tackle the problem of pollution in the Pacific Ocean. Is there a chance for collaboration on cleaning and waste management efforts?

South Korea Wins Winter Olympics — Should North Korea Co-Host?

A man walks along a row of banners with the logo of South Korea's mountain resort of Pyeongchang, 180 kms east of Seoul, on July 7, 2011 after the mountain resort was picked to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Amidst the jubilation surrounding South Korea's victory over Germany and France to host the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, an uncomfortable proposition was made: Should North Korea be allowed to co-host?

On Monday, just five days after the first cheers in Pyeongchang, opposition Democratic Party chairman Sohn Hak-kyu proposed the idea at a meeting with other government officials.

Desai: After Mumbai Bombings, Time to 'Stand Up to Fight for Peace'

An Indian office worker walks past wall graffiti made after the 2008 terror attacks near the recent blast site at Opera House in Mumbai on July 14, 2011. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

It's been just over 24 hours since three coordinated bomb blasts killed at least 21 and injured scores more in Mumbai, India's financial center.