In the Absence of Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn Expands Into China

Online professional networking titan LinkedIn has launched a new Chinese-language version of its site. According to Forbes, the company is hoping to wrangle up to 140 million members with its Chinese version. For the last decade, LinkedIn relied on an English language service in China, which currently boasts around 4 million users. Domestic outlets Sina and Tencent have been incorporated into […]

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China Denies Plan for South China Sea Defense Zone

China harbors no imminent plans of creating an Air Defense Identification Zone over the South China Sea, the foreign ministry announced in a press release quoted by the state-owned news agency Xinhua. Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun previously claimed that Chinese officials have finalized a draft plan for a prospective Air Defense Identification Zone to be set up over the disputed […]

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Will Japan and China Go to War?

Could Japan and China be on course to military conflict? Asia hands all over the Pacific Rim have recently been forced to contemplate the possibility by the bellicose war of words between Beijing and Tokyo over territorial disputes, increased military spending and a visit by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a controversial cemetery for Japan’s war dead. But even […]

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China Doubling Its Aircraft Carrier Fleet

The Chinese navy is building a second aircraft carrier, raising the stakes for the U.S. Navy—and China’s nervous neighbors—in the western Pacific. The South China Morning Post reported Sunday that construction of the follow-on flattop has begun in the port city of Dalian, and estimated it would be finished by 2018. It would be Beijing’s first carrier built from the […]

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Why Trying to Hurt China in the Trade Game Could Backfire

Michael Froman, the U.S. trade representative, is in the midst of negotiating two of the largest trade bills ever envisioned. The Atlantic and Pacific pacts, once completed, could encompass more than 60% of the world’s economy, including most of Europe and Asia. The dirty little secret about the treaties: they both exclude the world’s largest and fastest-growing economy: China. “While […]

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Angle of Attack

Last year, for the first time ever, China ranked No. 1 in the world among nations expressing interest in buying U.S. firms, according to the U.S. Treasury. Meantime, while the U.S. military says its evolving Air-Sea Battle concept of waging war isn’t aimed at any specific nation, officers privately acknowledge that the key potential foe that falls within its crosshairs […]

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