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In Depth: Religion, Asia Pacific and China

30 Dec 2012

Strange Bedfellows: China’s Middle Eastern Inroads

Who landed the billion-dollar bid for Algeria’s Grand Mosque project? An Algerian firm? A regional firm? No, a state-owned Chinese company. The deal is just one of China’s controversial Mideast ties.
1 Jul 2010

All Out: China Turns on the Charm

The Heritage Foundation's Helle C. Dale tells how the U.S. is struggling to keep up with China's massive promotional efforts around the world.
30 Aug 2012

Tibet’s Transition: Will Washington Take a Stand?

Beijing sees the Dalai Lama succession as a way to seize more control in Tibet. Will the US help the country’s democracy in exile or remain focused on other concerns?
26 Apr 2012

Israel and Iran: The Grounds for an Israeli Attack

Given Washington’s current reluctance to use military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Western leaders should at least grant that Israeli action is justifiable.
7 Mar 2012

How a Growing Gulf found Booming Africa

for statistics. Exchange with the UAE now makes up 10 percent of that country ...

2 Jan 2005

Who’s Stingy?

of these countries are only a miniscule fraction of the populations of Iran and Saudi ...

16 Jun 2010

Toeing Stalin’s Line on the Baltics

government and fled the country). The entry of Soviet troops into the Baltic ...

5 May 2014

China Demolishes Megachurch

Chinese authorities have destroyed the Sanjiang Church, but the decision to even build the megachurch in the first place shows the weakening of the Communist Party’s control over religion.
1 Oct 2012

Around the World

at the government and the country’s religious zealots that were too subtle ...

23 Aug 2011

Who Gets In? The Suspicious World of Visa Policies

was expended on somebody who posed no threat to this country at all. Authorities ...

16 Jul 2009

A Microcosm of World Politics

Michael J. Totten's blog Iranians like to shout “death” at countries and governments they oppose. “Death to America” and “death to Israel” have been staples of the bombast belted out by hard-line ruling ...

2 Dec 2011

India Cancels Talks with China

A recent kerfuffle over a Buddhist convention catches Beijing behaving badly in a tense season for its regional relations.
6 Jul 2009

The Real Quagmire in the Middle East

minister, or the leader of any country, you can’t accept conditions in which ...