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December 5, 2014

Reassurance is needed. Hopes that China’s spectacular climb to superpower status might be completed without conflict have been dented in recent years. Its assertive approach to old but until recently largely quiescent territorial disputes with Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and India has jangled nerves. 

Vietnamese police have detained a blogger for posting "bad content" about the state, the latest move in a crackdown on dissent that has been condemned by rights groups and Western governments.

Since the election of Narendra Modi as India’s Prime Minister, New Delhi has appeared determined to create “Brand India” by harnessing its soft power resources. This was very much on display at the meeting Modi had with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, during the latter’s visit to New Delhi late last month.

John Kerry conducts some diplomacy with Yao Ming

U.S. public diplomacy tends to react to situations, rather than taking initiative, says Philip Seib.

China’s overreach was costly, among other things it accelerated a developing arms race in Asia and amplified calls for Washington and Tokyo to counter Beijing. Still, China acquired useful information to hone its ongoing strategy in the South China Sea. Understanding why Beijing took this action and its attendant lessons will help Washington and its partners deal with China.

Poor Rich Boy Serenades American Audiences

In this video, members of Pakistani indie rock band, Poor Rich Boy, talk about utilizing the universal language of music to tell their story to American audiences through their month-long Center Stage tour in the U.S.

Sports diplomacy on display on disputed island

Filipino and Vietnamese troops play sports on disputed isle in the South China Sea.

Vietnamese and Philippine naval forces planned to play football, volleyball and tug-of-war Sunday in the first such display of camaraderie in the Spratly Islands in the South China sea where territorial rifts with China have flared.

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