The Bush administration, in its eagerness to expand trade with China, has relegated consumer safety to the backseat. As the world's top consumer of Chinese goods, the U.S. has the clout to sway China's behavior, but the administration has alternately ignored safety concerns and accepted assurances from the world's fastest-growing exporter that it will clean up its act.
China used the Beijing Olympics as a showcase for its new found economic clout and ascendancy as a leading member of the international community. Although the resounding success of the Games has bolstered China's authoritarian regime and shielded it from the scrutiny it deserves on human rights issues, China deserves praise for embracing the world.
Although the Western press reports that average Chinese citizens are immensely proud of the Olympics, these Games are not very important to China's "forgotten" rural citizens, who comprise over half of its population -- 200 million of them earn less than $1.25 per day, a near-African wage. The Olympics have only made their lives tougher.
The Beijing Olympics mark China’s emergence as a global leader, but present risks that could mar its reputation. Risks include logistical organization, pollution, security, and political protests.
With only days to go before the Olympic Games, Minxin Pei joined a panel of experts on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss what the Chinese government hopes to gain from hosting one of the biggest spectacles in sports.
The massive overhaul of Beijing in preparation for the Olympic summer games was orchestrated by the state's top-down power structure without the participation of civil society. Minxin Pei explains in the Financial Times that political evolution historically associated with economic development is not taking place in China.
With the Beijing Olympics only days away and the Chinese economy continuing its robust expansion, the Chinese people are increasingly optimistic about China’s future and confident about its global image. That is the major finding from Pew’s 2008 Global Attitudes Survey.
Yesterday U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dropped in on an important Asian political conference she has missed in recent years. Ms. Rice's decision to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Regional Forum in Singapore this week is a welcome if belated sign that the Bush administration has begun to give Asia its due as the new global center of gravity.
For a meeting dubbed the "World Economic Forum" (WEF), Davos isn't nearly cosmopolitan enough. Of the 6,000 or so people who make up the top of the world's power pyramid, about one-third were from Asia, and that number is increasing on an almost daily basis. But, despite tectonic shifts in world markets and politics, Asian attendance at Davos remains disproportionately low.
If the Burmese junta is so "unsophisticated" in the ways of diplomacy, why has it been able to hold onto power for so long?