October 18, 2012 • 1:03 am
As China prepares for its once-in-a-decade change of leadership, the Chinese people believe their country faces serious and growing challenges. In particular, the side effects of rapid economic growth, including the gap between rich and poor, rising prices, pollution, and the loss of traditional culture are major concerns, and there are also increasing worries about political corruption. While the Chinese have consistently rated their national and personal economic situations positively over the last few years, they are now grappling with the concerns of a modern, increasingly wealthy society.
The Chinese public also increasingly expresses reservations about relations with the United States. Over the last two years, ratings for the U.S. and President Obama have declined significantly, and the percentage of Chinese who characterize their country’s relationship with the U.S. as one of cooperation has plummeted from 68% to 39%. Still, many Chinese embrace aspects of America’s soft power, including U.S. science and technology and American ideas about democracy.
via Growing Concerns in China about Inequality, Corruption | Pew Global Attitudes Project.
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October 16, 2012 • 4:31 am
IF MITT ROMNEY’S latest foreign-policy speech, delivered to the Virginia Military Institute on October 8th amid much build-up from campaign aides, was a barnburner, it would …
More via Mitt Romney’s foreign policy: Wishful thinking | The Economist.
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October 14, 2012 • 5:01 pm
A month after the killing of the American ambassador ignited a public outcry for civilian control of Libya’s fractious militias, that hope has been all but …
More via Libyan Government Struggles to Rein In Powerful Militias – NYTimes.com.
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October 12, 2012 • 3:52 am
Turkey’s confrontation with Syria spread on Thursday to include Russia, Syria’s principal military ally, when Turkey’s prime minister said Russian munitions intended for Syria’s government had been impounded from a …
More via Turkey Says Syrian Jet Carried Russian Arms – NYTimes.com.
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October 11, 2012 • 5:28 pm
Escalating a confrontation with Russia, Turkey’s prime minister said Thursday that Russian military equipment and ammunition bound for Syria’s Defense Ministry had been confiscated from a Syrian civilian jetliner on a …
More via Turkish Leader Says Russian Munitions Found on Syrian Jetliner – NYTimes.com.
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October 9, 2012 • 4:33 am
HUGO CHÁVEZ has said he wants to remain in office as Venezuela’s president until 2031. He moved six years closer to that goal on October 7th, when voters re-elected him to a new term, by a margin of almost ten points over his centrist rival, Henrique Capriles of the Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition. With …
More via Venezuela’s presidential election: Here to stay | The Economist.
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October 5, 2012 • 5:30 am
SIX YEARS ago, when America and Europe were putting in place the first raft of measures to press Iran to come clean over its nuclear ambitions, the talk was of “smart” sanctions. The West, it was stressed, had no quarrel with the Iranian people—only with a regime that seemed bent on …
More via Iran’s nuclear programme: A red line and a reeling rial | The Economist.
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September 27, 2012 • 8:18 pm
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told the United Nations on Thursday that he believes Iran’s ability to make an atomic weapon will be irreversible by next spring or …
MORE via Iran Close to Making a Bomb, Netanyahu Says – NYTimes.com.
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