The Great Debate

The myth of China’s ghost cities

By Wade Shepard
April 22, 2015
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Thames Town, near Shanghai, China. REUTERS/Courtesy of Wade Shepard

Ghost towns tend to start as boomtowns, and contemporary China more than likely has more boomtowns than any other country in history. No economy has ever risen so rapidly and no place has ever built so much so quickly. This rapid growth has resulted in peculiar side effect: ghost cities, everywhere.

Why China’s President Xi Jinping isn’t Mao 2.0

By William Johnson
April 20, 2015
Souvenir plates bearing images of China's President Xi Jinping and China's late Chairman Mao Zedong are displayed at a shop nearby Great Hall of the People where National People's Congress will be held, in Beijing

Souvenir plates bearing the images of China’s President Xi Jinping and China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Slowing economy won’t alter Xi’s ‘China Dream’

By John Lloyd
April 16, 2015
A picture taken with a tilt-shift lens shows Chinese President Xi seen on a screen inside the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the CPPCC in Beijing

A picture taken with a tilt-shift lens shows Chinese President Xi Jinping seen on a screen inside the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Years after the famine, here’s how North Koreans really get by

By James Pearson and Daniel Tudor
April 13, 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the November 2 Factory of the Korean People's Army (KPA)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he gives field guidance during a visit to the November 2 Factory of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, August 24, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

Why the United States is always the loser in any free-trade deal

By Charles R. Morris
April 10, 2015
The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) is docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California

The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California, January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

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Obama’s pivot to Asia faces a changing Chinese military

By William Johnson
April 7, 2015
Soldiers of Chinese People's Liberation Army see off a fleet before it sets out for Aden, Yemen from Zhoushan

Soldiers of Chinese People’s Liberation Army see off a fleet before it sets out for Aden, Yemen, from Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Options for the U.S. if Iran breaks a nuclear deal

By Bennett Ramberg
April 1, 2015

lbj & mac President Lyndon B. Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in the White House in Washington, July, 27, 1965. LBJ Presidential Library/Yoichi Okamoto

The success of any nuclear framework agreement negotiated by Iran and the P5+1 (United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, France and China) this week ultimately will be determined not by the signing of a final accord in June but by Tehran’s fidelity to nonproliferation in the years and decades to come.

This drug, banned in Europe, Russia and China, may be in your lunch

By Wayne Pacelle
March 31, 2015
A dairy cow peers out from behind a fence in Chino, California

A cow peers out from behind a fence in a file photo. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

If you eat meat in any country in the European Union, or even in China or Russia, you don’t have to worry about getting a dash of ractopamine with your pork or beef. All these nations ban the use of the growth-promoting drug.

Allies of convenience: China’s Xi Jinping’s just not that into Vladimir Putin

By William Johnson
March 24, 2015
Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China’s President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon RTR4DN94