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Asia’s houses of the holy

In the 1960s, “The Orient” captured a new interest among the post-World War II Beat Generation as the lures of Zen Buddhism, Indian music, Thai weed and related mind-altering experiences rippled through the hip communities of the West.  While young American GIs were fighting the Vietnam War, more peaceable folks were donning backpacks and heading […]

Posted inNorth-South Korea

Moon’s right-hand man former friend to the North

This article was originally published May 14, 2017. Im Jong-seok has now been mentioned as President’s Moon’s possible nominee for the post of unification minister. As US investigators hunkered down last week to investigate whether US President Donald Trump’s election campaign colluded with a hostile government, South Korea’s new president was appointing a right-hand man […]

Posted inAT Financial

Asia Times Financial launches news service, China domestic bond index

Asia Times Financial (ATF) today launched news and index services – notably the Asia Times Financial China Bond 50 Index – to provide expert, fast and accurate narratives about key Asian credit markets. The ATF China Bond 50 Index is a product created by the collaborative strength of Capital Link International and its partners: media platform ATF and […]

Posted inAsia Times Webinar

Free webinar: America, China, and the struggle for global leaders

Register for the “America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership” webinar. Hosted by Scott Foster of Lightstream Research (Tokyo) Moderated by Asia Times Editor Uwe Parpart January 19, 2021, 9 am Eastern Standard Time Asia Times’ latest free webinar features Clyde Prestowitz, author of  The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership.  Prestowitz, […]

Posted inUnited States

Capitol siege showed white supremacist infiltration in US police

The apparent participation of off-duty officers in the rally that morphed into a siege on the US Capitol building January 6 has revived fears about white supremacists within police departments. These concerns are not new. White supremacy, the belief that white people are superior to other races, has long tainted elements within law enforcement. As I testified before Congress just […]

Posted inProPublica's USA

Trump debt to overwhelm US economy for decades

This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and The Washington Post. One of President Donald Trump’s lesser known but profoundly damaging legacies will be the explosive rise in the national debt that occurred on his watch. The financial burden that he’s inflicted on our government will wreak havoc for decades, saddling our kids and grandkids […]

Posted inInterview

Race is on to commercialize fusion energy

This is the first installment of a three-part interview Fusion power is moving out of government-run science labs into the private sector. Catalyzed by the public-private partnership methods which created the commercial space industry, fusion startups are attracting increasing interest among investors and accelerating the race to commercial fusion power. Since 2018, the Fusion Industry […]

Posted inAnalysis

China eyes the big picture on Southeast Asia tour

Eager to project Chinese global leadership amid a fraught presidential transition in Washington, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up a five-day tour across four key nations in Southeast Asia. It was a calibrated move to charm China’s neighbors ahead of the Biden presidency, which has promised to restore American commitments to international partners and […]

Posted inUnited States

Capitol mob feeds off historic myths of lost power

The alt-right, QAnon, paramilitary and Donald Trump-supporting mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6 claimed they were only doing what the so-called “founding fathers” of the US had done in 1776: overthrowing an illegitimate government that no longer represented them. This was the start of what they called the “second American Revolution”. This is why […]

Posted inThe Chain

China’s blockchain network eyes global CBDCs

China’s national blockchain project aims to integrate with global central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The Blockchain Service Network (BSN), a Beijing-backed  initiative that was piloted in late 2019, plans to create a universal digital payment network (UDPN) that incorporates other countries’ CBDCs as part of its 2021 roadmap, according to a January 15 blog post cited by […]