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China’s New Media Strategy: Forget the CCP, it’s all about CNN

by Elizabeth C. Economy Thursday, November 4, 2010

China Xinhua News Network Corporation (CNC)Just four months after launching their 24-hour global news network, CNC, Chinese media officials are in the midst of a strategic rethink. Selling China “Chinese-style” hasn’t quite worked out. The problem is less about getting the news—CNC has access to 130 news bureaus globally—than it is about getting people to watch. While they haven’t publicized their global viewership, total daily viewers in Hong Kong, China’s most globalized hometown, average only 5,000.
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What do the 2010 Elections Mean for Asia?

by Joshua Kurlantzick Thursday, November 4, 2010

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who broke down in tears during his speech, gives a thumbs up at the end of his address to a Republican election night results watch rally in Washington

Since the election, I have been fielding numerous emails and phone calls from Asian friends and reporters interested in whether the sweeping changes in the House of Representatives, governors’ mansions, and (to a lesser extent) the Senate, will mean for U.S. relations with East Asia. Of course, on the most basic level, we know that foreign relations are defined, on a day-to-day basis, by the executive, and since the White House has not changed hands, many elements of the U.S.-Asia relationship will remain stable. Still, there are some changes to anticipate:

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Continental and Maritime in U.S.-India Relations

by Evan A. Feigenbaum Monday, November 1, 2010

The Indian financial newspaper, Business Standard, has published my latest “DC Diary” column.  With President Obama landing in New Delhi this week, it seemed like a good time to ask why Washington and New Delhi remain so burdened, even imprisoned, by continental preoccupations.

To Americans, India can be a real jumble of contradictions.  It is a maritime nation—strategically situated near key chokepoints—but with a continental strategic tradition.  It is a nation of illustrious mercantile traditions but for decades walled off large swaths of its economy.

Much has changed, principally because rapid economic growth has allowed India to break from the confining shackles of South Asia.  India is again an Asian player, better integrated into the East Asian economic system.  And it has a growing capacity to influence the wider Asian balance of power.

So, here’s my question:  Given all that change, why are the U.S. and India so bogged down in (and over) continental Asia?

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An Opportunity in the U.S. Elections, but It’s Not a Done Deal for the KORUS FTA

by Guest Blogger for Scott A. Snyder Monday, November 1, 2010
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the President's Export Council meeting with company CEOs and members of his administration September 16, 2010, saying he wants to advance free trade agreements with U.S. partners, including important ally South Korea (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the President's Export Council meeting with company CEOs and members of his administration September 16, 2010, saying he wants to advance free trade agreements with U.S. partners, including important ally South Korea (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Troy Stangarone is the Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade for the Korea Economic Institute. His views are his own.

With the Seoul G20 Summit rapidly approaching on November 11-12, 2010, expectations are high that the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (KORUS FTA) is finally nearing the home stretch. The recent elections in the United States seem to have created a more favorable climate in the House of Representatives for agreement and all that remains is for the two sides to iron out their differences this week in Seoul to finally send the agreement to Capitol Hill for passage early next year. However, the overall picture may not be that simple. Read more »