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Looking Beyond Hu’s Visit to Washington

January 19, 2011

Seasoned observers of Sino-U.S. relations are describing President Hu Jintao’s state visit this week as the most important bilateral event since Deng Xiaoping headed to Washington in 1979 or even since Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972. That may be an exaggeration, but Hu and President Obama are meeting at a critical moment amid growing uncertainty and divisiveness in the relationship. Over the past year, the two countries have not only sparred over such longstanding issues as U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, human rights, and currency reform, but also over new problems such as South China Sea navigation rights, exports of rare earth minerals, and North Korean attacks on South Korea.

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Asia’s Environmental Leaders Explore Water Resource Management along the Columbia River

October 15, 2010

For a group of environmental professionals who recently visited the U.S. from seven different countries in Asia, management of water resources was a unifying concern. The delegation embarked on a nine-day study tour, organized by The Asia Foundation’s Asian American Exchange (AAX) and flew to Washington State to explore water resource issues along the Columbia […]

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Vietnamese Delegation Studies Environmental Protection Strategies and Films Documentary

May 26, 2010

The four students dressed in hooded sweatshirts, faded jeans, and designer sneakers looked like any other teenagers walking along the streets of San Francisco. However, these students were part of a carefully selected delegation from Vietnam here last month to gain a sense of youth participation and awareness in environmental protection in the U.S. The […]

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Youth Challenge Status Quo on Environmental Protection in Vietnam

May 26, 2010

Rapid economic growth generates tremendous stress on the environment, from water and air pollution to depletion of natural resources and mounting garbage. As one of the countries that has enjoyed a high level of economic growth in the past decade, environmental degradation is becoming increasingly visible in Vietnam. Over the last year, we have seen […]

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Emerging Leaders Exchange Program Broadens U.S.-Southeast Asia Understanding

November 11, 2009

From 2002 to 2006, The Asia Foundation implemented a series of exchanges for 80 promising young professionals from Southeast Asia and the United States to help develop a better understanding of one another’s region. This program was initiated by the Foundation because of concern that fewer Americans had been involved with Southeast Asia since the […]

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Leadership Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

September 2, 2009

Within a single week, the San Francisco headquarters of The Asia Foundation hosted 16 new Luce Scholars, a Congressional Fellow from Thailand, and two participants in the Young Diplomats Program from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These are recent examples of Asia Foundation programs contributing to leadership development in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly those with […]

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Dateline Asia: 35 Years of Training Future U.S. Leaders

July 8, 2009

My recent 5-1/2 week trip to 11 countries and 13 cities in East and Southeast Asia was to finalize arrangements with Asian host organizations for 16 new Luce Scholars. It also inspired thinking about the dozens of organizations that have hosted these young fellows since the program began in 1974.  In the past four decades, […]

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Dateline Asia: 14-city Dash across East and Southeast Asia

July 2, 2008

What began as a trip to finalize arrangements with Asian host organizations for 18 new Luce Scholars ended up providing a memorable and kaleidoscopic window into the vitality of Asia. A 14-city journey in East and Southeast Asia in May and June provided on-the-ground exposure to timely events in the countries in which the Luce […]

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