U.S. President Donald Trump, seen here in a February 2018 photo, has a beef with trade deficits. Yet running trade deficits with Asian countries has long spurred American spending and consumption.
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Donald Trump's obsession with trade deficits, and his subsequent wielding of the tariff big guns, is the absolute wrong approach for the U.S. economy.
Xi Jinping votes on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits.
Recent changes to China's constitution signal loud and clear that any hope for a path to democracy must be checked with reality.
Chinese President Xi Jinping claps while addressing the media in October 2017 as he introduces new members of the Politburo Standing Committee at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
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Any naive hopes for a peaceful evolution to democracy in China are shattered against the reality that it's now a one-man dictatorship. What does it mean for the West?
The controversial $12-billion sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia has embroiled Justin Trudeau’s government in controversy. The vehicle in question is shown here at a news conference at a General Dynamics facility in London, Ont., in 2012.
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Canada used to be more careful about selling arms to countries that practised human rights violations. What happened?
Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the guard of honour on a state visit to Zimbabwe.
A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon.
Zimbabweans welcome Emmerson Mnangagwa back from his brief exile in South Africa.
Zimbabwe's new leader needs to shake off his infamous reputation and the suspicion that he is merely another Mugabe in a younger frame.
The Red Detachment of Women was one of just eight model theatrical pieces approved for performance during the Cultural Revolution.
The staging in Melbourne of this classic of the Cultural Revolution has attracted controversy. And amid Bermuda shorts and weapons galore, this political ballet has contemporary resonances.
Buddhist monks pray in front of a picture of Thailand’s new king at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok on December 1.
It would be short-sighted to believe that a more far-reaching transformation than a royal succession might not also be in store for the Kingdom of Thailand.
A glimpse of China’s ‘export machine’ at Ningbo port in Zhejiang province.
China’s goods are everywhere, thanks to the gains China has made from trade and foreign investment. Now that China wants to return the favor, the US may risk losing out if it chooses to turn inward.
A paramilitary policeman stands guard under a giant portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen gate in Beijing.
In China, art is called upon to promote the Communist Party's agenda. But the staging of concerts here commemorating Mao Zedong's death poses thorny questions about artistic freedom.
A woman waits backstage during the recording of the dating show ‘Meet you on Saturday.’
In only 30 years, a generations-old system of arranged marriages has been completely upended.
Paying respects in Mao’s home town.
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Five decades ago, China began a decade of devastating crackdowns and purges – and the causes are still poorly understood.
Did Mao pass the poo test?
Poo-analysis tests conducted by the Soviet leader may not have been as crazy as they sound.
When John McDonnell read a quote from Chairman Mao in parliament, jaws hit the floor.
1964 poster: ‘Prevent Malaria and Take Care of People’s Health.’
Painted by Wu Hao 吴昊
The 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine went partly for research done during the Chinese Cultural Revolution based on traditional Chinese medicine. Here's the story of Project 523.
Presidents Obama and Castro instigated rumors of a thaw when they shook hands for the first time at the memorial for Nelson Mandela in December last year.
This past December, Presidents Barack Obama and Raoúl Castro ended over fifty years of economic and political isolation between the US and Cuba with their shock announcement that they intend to re-establish…
President Xi Jinping has a PhD in Marxism and recently directed more resources to the study of the works of Marx and Mao Zedong.
How does one come to understand China? Many wish to do so, especially in light of China’s growing global influence. For some, language is the key that opens the door. With Chinese language, one is able…
Confucius stands guard at Beijing’s Renmin University.
George (Sam) Crane
In today’s China, the philosopher Confucius is back. To mark his 2,565th birthday this September, the nation’s President, Xi Jinping, paid homage to the sage at an international conference convened for…
Not-so-great wall: Maoism was alive and well in 1970s London.
The couple accused in the case of alleged “domestic slavery” in London were reportedly the leaders of a tiny Maoist sect, the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought, which had gone “underground…
China’s one-child policy, however controversial, should be given some of the credit for positive outcomes such as rising levels of education.
The recent announcement that China’s one-child policy will be partially relaxed will be celebrated worldwide by libertarians, human rights activists and, most importantly, Chinese couples who have longed…