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Podcast: Will China Achieve Its Asian Dream?

Most have heard of Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream, but what is the Asian dream? In China's Asian Dream: Empire Building Along the New Silk Road, the editor of China Economic Quarterly Tom Miller suggests that it is nothing short of regional dominance. Miller takes us on a journey that examines China’s growing investment footprint in the region—from building bridges in Cambodia to establishing ports in Sri Lanka. China has expanded its influence but also encountered numerous political and economic challenges in the process. Miller also underscores the role of others in the region—warning readers not to ignore the importance of India and Japan. Is China likely to succeed in realizing its Asian dream? Listen to this week’s Asia Unbound podcast to find out. Listen on SoundCloud >> Read More

October 11, 2017

State and Local Governments
Governor Hickenlooper’s Passage to India

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is in India right now, leading a trade mission of around a dozen people, according to early media reports. His traveling party includes business executives as well as the chancellor of University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

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October 10, 2017

Cambodia
Cambodia Draws Closer to Outright Authoritarianism

For decades, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the longest-serving nonroyal ruler in Asia, has played a delicate political game. While using a wide range of tactics—co-option of opposition party leaders, the use of state funds to promote the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), laws and lawsuits to reduce the influence of civil society and political opponents, and reportedly sometimes outright election fraud—he also has tried to maintain at least an appearance of some political freedom in Cambodia.

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October 10, 2017

China
China’s Leaky Political Pipeline

Maylin Meisenheimer is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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