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Drug enforcement officials in Burma. Image: Business Week

The Illicit Drug Industry & Counter-Narcotics in Southeast Asia


On 5 October 2011, when Thai river police investigated reported gunshots on the middle reaches of the Mekong River, they discovered two cargo vessels and their 12 Chinese crew members, all of whom had been executed and their bodies dumped ...

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China’s Maritime Silk Road is all about Africa

China's Maritime Silk Road is all about Africa


A recently signed agreement between China and Thailand sheds light on the dynamics of the Maritime Silk Road. Amid all the fanfare and media buzz about China’s re-envisioning of its two Silk Road projects, the New Silk Road and the Maritime ...

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Growth slowing in Yunnan and Kunming, economy still deemed healthy

Growth slowing in Yunnan and Kunming, economy still deemed healthy


Quarterly provincial financial reports used to be cause for celebration across China — a way to tout the wonders of Socialism with Chinese characteristics. The days of double-digit growth have seemingly passed, but much of the country still lays claim ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 11.16.2014

Regional Roundup for Week of 11.16.2014


The APEC meeting in Beijing has come and gone and the world is a better place for it.  No one can deny (well Mitch McConnell can) that both China, the US, and the Sino-US relationship are better off than 10 ...

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A Different Global Power: Understanding China’s Rise in the Developing World

A Different Global Power: Understanding China's Rise in the Developing World


By Xiangming Chen and Ivan Su China is now the largest trading nation in the world with strong ties to Africa, Latin and America and the Middle East. This once impoverished and isolated nation has lifted several hundred millions of its ...

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Former Yunnan Party Secretary Bai Enpei

In Anti-Corruption Campaign, Top Yunnan Officials Pay Steep Price for Graft, Political Relationships


During dynastic times, Yunnan was known as a place where disgraced mandarins were sent to live out their days and where the local officials maintained a large degree of independence from the capital. As the saying goes, “the heavens are ...

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