- Snow polo is growing in popularity among China's one-percenters.
- Why the US needs to stop playing peacemaker and start making China feel uncomfortable.
- Tang Xiaoying argues that Chinese investment is key to Burma's political reforms.
- Can China's fracking plans slow climate change?
- A Sinica pocast about 'everyone's favourite renegade province', Taiwan. Taiwanese politician Wang Yu-chi, chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, is set to visit Nanjing in the first official political contact between the two sides in over six decades.
- A Chinese viewpoint on post-2014 Afghanistan by Zhao Huasheng (see p. 54).
- More expensive to die than live: Beijing graveyard prices are surging.
- In a memorandum to President Obama, three Brookings scholars assert that the US should directly engage affected parties in the South and East China Sea disputes:
We must...be prepared for the possibility that events will require intensive high-level shuttle diplomacy. An escalation of tensions in the East China Sea, including the possibility of limited military clashes between Japan and China that might compel us to intervene on Japan’s behalf, depending on the circumstances, would be a serious setback and challenge to U.S. policy priorities. It warrants top-level strategy and attention if we are to prevent acute deterioration in the regional security environment.