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Powerful waves of nationalist sentiment have endured since the second world war and continue to pose difficulties for the leaders of Japan and China. EPA/Kim Kyung-Hoon

War anniversary promises year of difficulty for Asia’s rival powers

The fog of the second world war and the murkiness of the post-war settlement laid the contours of Asia's complex and uncertain strategic landscape.
The Dalai Lama has been coy about his successor. Sergio Carvalho/Flickr

Could this Dalai Lama be the last?

An elaborate and lengthy selection process is in danger of being co-opted by the Chinese government.
The cut to China’s reserve requirement ratio (RRR) can also be seen as a move against China’s unregulated shadow banking sector. Flickr/Mike Behnken

China’s monetary easing to bolster growth, tackle shadow banking

The 100 basis points cut by the People's Bank of China is as much as about containing unregulated credit within China as a bolster to slowing growth.
Chinese workers are often aided by NGOs and usually receive little to no help from the main Chinese trade union. EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

China’s growing labour movement offers hope for workers globally

The growing labour movement in China, as fragmented and repressed as it is, offers hope for workers everywhere as an example of organising against incredible odds.
China’s demand for infrastructure finance cannot be met by existing development banks. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Stakes are high for Australia in Asian infrastructure bank

Australia may be a little late to the party, but the it still has a lot to win as it negotiates its position in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
A still from a NSW election ad, run on television and online, which says “selling the electricity network is wrong; selling it to another country is just not on”. CFMEU Mining/YouTube

Playing the China card may win votes, but it’s bad for Australia

Labor and the unions have decided to play the China card in the NSW election. Such scare campaigns ignore the facts, including that Australia has invested almost as much in China as China has here.
AAP/Jason Reed

AIIB: Abbott’s incredible investment backflip

Even for a government that has recently made an artform of policy backflips, the Abbott government’s belated, but seemingly inevitable decision to join China’s proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment…
Even in retirement, the late Lee Kuan Yew cast a long shadow from which Singapore has yet to fully emerge. EPA/Stephen Morrison

Lee Kuan Yew leaves behind an ambiguous legacy in Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew literally helped put Singapore on the map. Its subsequent influence far outstrips the tiny island’s geopolitical significance.
Attendants wait to serve delegates with water during the opening of the annual full session of the National People’s Congress, the country’s parliament, at Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, March 5, 2015. Jason Lee/Reuters

Inequality in China and the impact on women’s rights

Once China claimed to lead the way in equality for women. Today, women are warned they will be "leftovers" if they don't produce children.
In the end, Tony Abbott – pictured with Xi Jinping and mining magnate Andrew Forrest – can’t ignore the economic consequences of snubbing China’s investment bank. AAP/Alan Porritt

US puts Australia on the spot with zero-sum game on China’s bank

The US gravely miscalculated in trying to get China to accept the existing global order. Forced to make a choice, America's closest allies are joining the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.
China’s government says it plans to tackle smog, but has also moved to shut down criticism on the issue in the wake of a popular online documentary. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

China’s ‘Silent Spring’ has many more political hurdles to jump

Under the Dome, a hugely popular online documentary about China's smog crisis, could be as influential as 1962's US pesticide exposé Silent Spring - but only if Chinese officials allow debate to flourish.
Since the founding members signed on to the the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in China last October, more Western powers have agreed to join. Takaki Yajima/EPA/AAP

Australia has little to lose from joining Asian infrastructure bank

It makes sense for Australia to join Britain and New Zealand in the newly created AIIB, but it's unlikely we will have any significant influence over the organisation.

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