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  • The history of the Tamil Tigers

    The conflict between Sri Lanka’s government forces and armed Tamil rebels has raged for nearly 60 years. Thousands have died and many more have been made homeless by the fighting.   Here we answer questions about the Tamil rebels, their composition and their stated goals. When was the LTTE formed?    Since Sri Lanka’s independence from Britain

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  • Obama Visits China With Closer Ties in Mind

    U.S. President Barack Obama is on his first official trip to China, where he is expected to discuss the economy and climate change. Mr. Obama arrived late Sunday in Shanghai. He is to meet city leaders and university students there on Monday. He then will travel to Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders that will

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  • Dalai Lama’s visit angers China

    The Dalai Lama has angered the Chinese government with a visit to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery town in the remote northeast Indian region of Arunachal Pradesh. The Tibetan spiritual leader said his visit on Sunday was only a lecture tour, but China, which claims the region as its own, has described the event as a provocation aimed at harming China-India ties.  

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  • From Adversaries to Allies

    Yevgeny Bazhanov When I was assigned to work at the Soviet Embassy in Beijing in 1982, many of my fellow diplomats asked, “What did you do wrong to get such a terrible, backwoods assignment?” China had a bad reputation at the time. Few Soviets remembered China’s rich history, nor did they understand why the Chinese

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  • Washington should not forget its Asian allies

    Brad Glosserman The United States has scaled back plans to deploy a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. While that decision reflects a new assessment of the Iranian threat to Europe, most attention is being paid to its impact on relations with Russia. But the decision has equally important implications for Asia, as it underscores

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  • Mao’s China at 60

    Chris Patten Every country is shaped by its history, but countries fabricate and rewrite their histories, too. The story of how we became who we are needs to accommodate our sense of tribal solidarity and accomplishment. Our triumphs and virtues are exaggerated. Our villains externalized, and our failings covered up. All this makes the study

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  • Think Again: Asia’s Rise

    Minxin Pei   Don’t believe the hype about the decline of America and the dawn of a new Asian age. It will be many decades before China, India, and the rest of the region take over the world, if they ever do.   “Power Is Shifting from West to East.”   Not really. Dine on a

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  • How China Wins and Loses Xinjiang

    Christina Larson   The Chinese government can put down a riot — but its heavy-handed tactics ensure that ethnic tensions will keep simmering. On Sunday, more than 1,000 Uighurs clashed with police in the western Chinese city of Urumqi — marking one of the country’s bloodiest ethnic conflicts in recent years. The government’s crackdown on the

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  • The Bourgeois Revolution

    Joshua Kurlantzick   ost days, the scene around Democracy Monument, a set of giant statues in the center of the old part of Bangkok, seems almost like a carnival. Pushcart vendors hawk everything from dried squid to ripe mangoes, and backpackers haggle with tuk-tuk drivers for a ride in their tiny, three-wheeled taxis.    

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  • Washington Has Limited Options In Trying To Halt Possible “Meltdown” In Pakistan — Experts

    Joshua Kucera   his decade, Pakistan has been one of the largest recipients of US military aid in the world, receiving almost $12 billion. Yet the security situation there continues to spiral downward.   President Barack Obama has shifted the US military’s attention to the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, and Congress is considering proposals that would alter the

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  • China’s Deep Pockets Make Beijing A Potent Energy Player In Central Asia

    Joanna Lillis     ot so long ago Kazakhstan was entertaining aspirations of becoming one of the world’s 50 largest economies. Now, Astana finds itself in a position where it must reluctantly part with energy assets in order to prop up its shaky financial sector.     President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s April 15-19 state visit to China

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  • Kim Calls the Shots

    Donald G. Gross is North Korea dictating U.S. security policy in Northeast Asia? As Pyongyang ratchets up tensions in the region on a near-daily basis, now preparing for a rocket launch, it is a fair question. The Obama administration appears to be merely reacting, allowing events to move from bad to worse. The offensive plays

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