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Is Japan's Commitment to Pacifism Wavering?

Critics fear that the legislative changes made to Article 9 last November will lead to the swift remilitarization of Japan. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

Despite legislative changes introduced by Shinzo Abe last year, observers say the country is unlikely to remilitarize.

Photo of the Day: Flying Away in Australia

A flock of banded stilts and red-necked avocets start to take flight in Lake Burrumbeet, Australia on January 20, 2016. (Ed Dunens/Flickr)
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A flock of banded stilts and red-necked avocets start to take flight in Lake Burrumbeet, Australia on January 20, 2016. (Ed Dunens/Flickr)

Video: How 'One Country, Two Systems' is 'Irrelevant' to Taiwanese

Jerome Cohen (L) and Yu-jie Chen discuss the implications of Taiwan's recent election at Asia Society in New York on January 27. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

The analyst Yu-jie Chen says that despite appearances, Hong Kong's situation with mainland China has little influence on Taiwan.

Photo of the Day: Marble Magnificence in India

Crowds of people explore the Taj Mahal in Agra, India on January 26, 2016. (Hadi Zaher/Flickr)
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Crowds of people explore the Taj Mahal in Agra, India on January 26, 2016. (Hadi Zaher/Flickr)

'I Don't Want to Think About Activating Change': NYT's David Barboza on Reporting in China

David Barboza (R) receives an award from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger at the annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama, and Music Winners Luncheon at Columbia University on May 30, 2013 in New York City. (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times China correspondent discusses the aftermath of his revelatory report on the wealth of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, and how he strives not to be an activist in his reporting.

#TBT: In 2001, 'Floating Box' Explores the Stories of Chinatown

A scene from 'Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown' in 2001. (Jack Vartoogian)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

Each week for "Throwback Thursday" (#TBT), we'll reach into our archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: a 2001 chamber opera depicting a Chinese immigrant family in America. 

Photo of the Day: Blue Point Sunset in Indonesia

Fiery skies over Blue Point beach in Bali, Indonesia  on January 22, 2016. (killerturnip/Flickr)
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Fiery skies over Blue Point beach in Bali, Indonesia on January 22, 2016. (killerturnip/Flickr)

Challenging Asia's Skyscraper Addiction

Tall buildings in Hong Kong's Financial District surround the Asia Society Hong Kong center (Michael Moran/OTTO)
Arts

The award-winning architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien on the beauty of horizontal building design.

Photo of the Day: Playing Peekaboo in Nepal

A child peeks out through the glass pane of an old wooden door in Nepal on January 2, 2016. (MIRKO MARCHETTI/Flickr)
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A child peeks out through the glass pane of an old wooden door in Nepal on January 2, 2016. (MIRKO MARCHETTI/Flickr)

How Taiwan's Election Highlights the 'Failure' of China's Cross-Strait Strategy

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou wave to journalists prior to a meeting at Shangrila hotel in Singapore on November 7, 2015. It was the first time in nearly seven decades that the top leaders of China and Taiwan met. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Since 2008, Beijing has tried to bring Taipei closer through increased economic and people exchanges. But the recent vote on the island suggests this approach isn't working.