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US State Governments Look to China for Funds

An official adjusts Chinese and US flags during the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, held July 27, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy China's investments in the US shot up a whopping 360 percent in the first half of this year compared to 2009, reports Asia Society Fellow Sheridan Prasso for Fortune.

ASEAN Tackles Korea, Myanmar, and US-China Ties

Foreign Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pose for a group picture with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the opening of their 43rd annual meeting in Hanoi on July 20, 2010. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy This week, the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will come together to tackle issues of regional leadership.

Afghanistan's Tough Road Ahead

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks to the media at the Presidential palace on September 17, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Policy

On July 20, European, American, and other foreign leaders met in Kabul to renew their dedication to the success of Afghanistan. While the cause is a good one, it will be easier said than done for Afghan forces to take charge of their own security.

Pakistan Bristles at US Call to 'Do More'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi as she arrives for a bilateral meeting with him at the Pakistani Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on July 19, 2010. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Secretary Clinton's recent visit to Pakistan was less hostile and generally more promising than her last. Still, relations between the two nations remain complicated and not everyone is pleased with the outcome of Clinton's visit.

Heated Immigration Debate Continues in Australia

Policy

The issue of how to deal with refugees coming in to Australia from places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka is a tough one. Prime Minister Julia Gillard hopes to resolve the divisive matter by sending refugees to East Timor, but not everyone is on board with the new plan.

CNN recently reported on how the immigration debate is taking center stage in national polls scheduled to take place on August 21.

Photo of the Day: Koreans Get Muddy

Koreans celebrate 13th Boryeong Mud Festival.
Lifestyle Koreans celebrate 13th Boryeong Mud Festival.

Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Himalaya

(David Breashears)
Arts David Breashears' photo exhibit, Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Himalaya, displays how our world's glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.

Photo of the Day: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in NYC

Lifestyle The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra wows the crowd in Central Park.

Pakistan's Favorite Pastime Coming to a Location Near You

Abida Parveen (© Jack Vartoogian)
The latest prime-time hit on Pakistani television isn't a sentimental soap opera or a reality-TV show on the hunt for the nation's next singing sensation. It's Coke Studio.

Photo of the Day: Bonalu Festival in India

Indian devotees at the Boanlu Festival in Hyderabad.
Lifestyle Indian Hindu devotees dance to the beat of drums as they carry 'ghatam' pots filled with cooked rice during the Bonalu Festival—a ritual offering to the goddess Kali—at Mahan Kali Temple at Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad on July 15, 2010.