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James Baker: Those Who View China as Threat 'Dangerously Wrong'

Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III receives an award and argues that American fear-mongering about China is
Policy

Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III offered his take on Sino-American relations last Thursday in a speech at the Asia Society Texas Center's annual Tiger Ball in Houston. And the 80-year-old Texas Republican didn't mince words. While accepting the Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding, Baker said the following:

Video: India vs. Pakistan Means 'Cricket Commotion'

Lifestyle On Wednesday, fierce rivals India and Pakistan will battle it out in the semifinals of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

China Should Look to "More Advanced Nuclear Power"

Members of environmental action group Greenpeace hold up an anti-nuclear banner in front of the Central Government offices in Hong Kong on March 22, 2011. (RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)

As Japan's nuclear crisis continues to worsen, scrutiny of other nuclear power programs throughout the world — existing and planned — has intensified. Much of this attention, rightfully, has been focused on China, home to 13 reactors in operation, 25 under construction and nearly 60 more projects planned.

Cricket World Cup: An Unlikely Vote for the Men in Green

Ramachandra Guha at Asia Society New York on March 25, 2011.
Lifestyle

Pakistan's World Cup cricket team drew support from an unexpected source here at the Asia Society last Friday, when eminent Indian historian Ramachandra Guha explained to Christopher Lydon why he's rooting for Pakistan in the March 30 World Cup semifinal.

In the following clip, Guha genially explains to Lydon, "I am not a jingoist .... I want Pakistan to win for two reasons. One is a negative reason and one is a positive reason."

Watch Ramachandra Guha:

A Boy, a Snake, and the Commercialization of Cambodia

Camera phone image taken on the Tongle Sap in Cambodia by Jamie Metzl.
Lifestyle

I loved being back in Cambodia a couple of weeks ago. I had lived in the country from 1991 to 1993 when I was working as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC). Cambodia is an incredible place with spectacular people. The country’s shift from then to now is remarkable in so many ways.

Citigroup Senior Advisor: "We all would pitch in" to help Japan

CNBC's Amanda Drury reporting live from the Asia Society in New York on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.
Business

The Asia Society in New York played host Wednesday afternoon to a panel discussion entitled "Does Economic Nationalism Threaten the World Economy?" featuring former Director of the National Economic Council for the Obama Administration Larry Summers, Asia Society Trustee and Citigroup Senior Advisor William R. Rhodes and Kathleen Stephansen, Managing Director and Head of Economic Strategy at AIG.

World Water Day Highlights Crisis in Asia

Pakistani women carry water in jerrycans on their heads in a slum area of Lahore. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

While the rising cost of food stokes fears of an impending food crisis in Asia, the region is also grappling with another ongoing worry: water scarcity. Both problems are closely related and water scarcity has a direct, and often immediate, effect on both national and global food security. The agricultural sector is the heaviest user of water, on average consuming 70 percent of a country's available water supply to fuel crop production.

In Disaster's Wake, Japan Defies Prediction

Asia Society Associate Fellow Ayaka Doi.
Policy

The unprecedented catastrophe in Japan's Tohoku region brought on by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the following tsunami and the unfolding crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant have produced countless stories of human tragedy, endurance and bravery, as well as of a spirit of cooperation among the people of Japan. But the destruction is so complete and the challenges are so enormous and multi-faceted that it's hard to predict what the economic and political consequences of this disaster will be, mid- to long-term.

Despite Japan, Despite WikiLeaks, India's Nuclear Program on Track

Asia Society Associate Fellow Mira Kamdar.
Policy

In the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and spokesmen for its nuclear industries rushed to reassure the country's citizens that its nuclear industry was safe. No other country in the world has as much national pride wrapped up in nuclear power than India. Of necessity, India painstakingly built up its nuclear capability, civilian and military, largely on its own. The ambition of India to achieve total energy self-reliance for a rapidly industrializing economy via thorium-fuelled reactors seems on the verge of being realized.

Alexandra Harney: In Japan, "Stark Difference" in Reactions to Radiation [Video]

Alexandra Harney, Asia Society Associate Fellow based in Hong Kong.
Lifestyle Asia Society Associate Fellow Alexandra Harney talks differing views on radiation, and the short- and long-term political and economic effects of Japan's March 11 natural disaster.