Central Asia

Does China's New Military Strategy Paper Display a New Assertiveness?

Does China’s New Military Strategy Paper Display a New Assertiveness?

August 1, 2019

China’s military has developed a new strategy paper that emphasizes the need to keep Hong Kong and Taiwan. Does this signal a new military assertiveness from China? Or is it a reaction to US foreign policy?

Hong Kong Protests: A Reaction to Beijing's Growing Effort for Control

Hong Kong Protests: A Reaction to Beijing’s Growing Effort for Control

July 31, 2019

Protesters have expanded their demands, after China’s central government has conceded to their initial demand of cancelling an extradition law. As the protests continue in Hong Kong, Adam Ni says it is unlikely they will expand to the mainland

India's Assam Region Grapples With Aftermath of Devastating Monsoon

India’s Assam Region Grapples With Aftermath of Devastating Monsoon

July 29, 2019

Floods have killed dozens in the state of Assam. Though the worst of the monsoon rains is over, those displaced are now grappling with a lack of food, clean drinking water and medicine

India's Rahul Gandhi Resigns, PM Modi Faces Little Opposition to Far-Right Agenda

India’s Rahul Gandhi Resigns, PM Modi Faces Little Opposition to Far-Right Agenda

July 10, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing BJP party won an overwhelming majority in India’s election last May and now there is no real opposition to his rule, says Sreerekha Mullassery Sathiamma

Economic Update: China's Economic Record and Strategy

Economic Update: China’s Economic Record and Strategy

July 3, 2019

This week on Economic Update, Professor Wolff follows up with part two of his in-depth analyses of the USSR and anti-capitalist governments by providing (1) an overview of China’s economic development mostly over the last 25 years (GDP, real wages, etc.), and (2) its economic strategy: learning but also differing from Soviet strategy along with…

Hong Kong Marks Anniversary With Ceremonies and Protests

Hong Kong Marks Anniversary With Ceremonies and Protests

July 2, 2019

22 years ago, Britain handed the former colony over to mainland China, under a deal that would ensure democratic rights for the city’s people. Activists now fear those rights are being rolled back

Climate Change is Devastating India With Heat Waves and Water Shortages

Climate Change is Devastating India With Heat Waves and Water Shortages

June 27, 2019

India’s climate disasters are fueled by its governments’ resource mismanagement and fossil fuel consumption, says political economist Shouvik Chakraborty

Largest Animal Epidemic in History Is Due to Industrial Farming

Largest Animal Epidemic in History Is Due to Industrial Farming

June 14, 2019

The African Swine Fever outbreak, which has now spread to China, could result in the slaughter of 200 million hogs this year, in an effort to get the disease under control. Rob Wallace of the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps outlines the causes and possible solutions

Hong Kong Authorities Bow to Beijing, Determined to Ignore a Million Protesters

Hong Kong Authorities Bow to Beijing, Determined to Ignore a Million Protesters

June 11, 2019

Hong Kong residents have taken to the streets to protest against the growing influence of mainland China over the city. But, the protests are falling on deaf ears, says Prof. Sean Starrs    

China-Russia Partnership Threatens US Global Hegemony

China-Russia Partnership Threatens US Global Hegemony

June 7, 2019

The U.S. expected China to integrate into global capitalism as a subordinate power, but recent deals with Russia show China is moving towards equality in economic and military power