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Anurag Viswanath

Articles By Anurag Viswanath

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Are Chinese women still holding up half the sky? Market takes its toll on their hard-won rights

In post-socialist China, with socialism and forced gender parity a thing of the past, out in the open are cases of rape, molestation, domestic violence and the social stigma of “left-over” women

Under Donald Trump, is China America’s new frenemy? Relationship looks Janus faced now

Recently, Ivanka Trump’s daughter Arabella Kushner reciting a Mandarin song became wildly popular on YouTube, seemingly in tune with the spirit of Chinese New Year festivities.

Beijing ‘air pololypse’: ‘Land of Rising Smog’ has lessons for Delhi

A recent tongue-in-cheek video circulating in China is an imagined future of Beijingers, a response to the notorious smog decried as “airpocalypse” in Beijing and several northern cities in China.

War on drugs: President Rodrigo Duterte questions US’ moralising, ambivalence in Asia-Pacific

President Rodrigo Duterte, rattled by criticism over extra-judicial killings in the war on drugs, questions American moralising and ambivalence in Asia-Pacific

With Rodrigo Duterte at helm, US’s strategic ally Philippines suffers ‘American fatigue’

It was the Cold War situation of the 1940s and 1950s that necessitated American bases, which buoyed the Filipino coffers. But as the Cold War fizzled to an end, so did the relationship

China’s Jack Ma hits gold with Alibaba

Ma is widely regarded as a global “game changer”. He is the second richest in China, the eighth richest among technology stars and is ensconced amongst 33 billionaires in the world (Forbes, 2016).

South China Sea row: Bridge over troubled waters to remain elusive

The imbroglio in South China Sea is a sign of the changed equation in Asia, where China, not Japan, is rising, and how

India chasing growth via urbanisation; but will it pay off?

Earlier this year, I traveled a few hours north-east of Beijing. Here, the distance between Beijing (municipality) and the coal-belt region of Shaanxi (province) is palpable. The countryside plays...

Shanghai Disneyland: Communist Party emerges largest backer

Though capitalism and socialism make strange bedfellows, it is less known that the largest backer of Disneyland is the Communist Party itself

Shanghai Disneyland: Communist Party emerges largest backer

The dragon hones its security apparatus

The image of the invincible Chinese dragon has now and then taken beatings. Consider the visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping to India in 2014.

The dragon hones its security apparatus

China laying off millions: Why it will be a huge test of political tenacity

The massive shift from equality and egalitarianism to income inequality and unemployment considerably gnaw the heart of “Zhongguo Meng”—the “China dream”

Reviving the Silk Route via One Belt, One Road

The ambitious global highway starts to become a reality, even as some geopolitical hurdles remain

The making of China’s ‘paramount’ leader

While President Xi Jinping has set out to fashion the China Dream of a moderately prosperous society by 2020, “disappearances” contradicting rule of law, bureaucratic inertia and paralysis affecting reforms, and rampant c

Himalayan divide

A rare comparison between India and China in the same breath, this anthology of essays on media is a welcome one

Himalayan divide

Finding India in China: Hindi Chini

LET ME begin with this lesser-known realm of China, which lies west of the country’s magnificent coastal cities that we are achingly familiar with—away from the modern spires of Shanghai, the grand history of Beijing and

Finding India in China: Hindi Chini

The Barefoot Lawyer book review: Passage to America

The story of China’s well-known blind activist Chen Guangcheng reveals a lot, and leaves a lot unanswered

The Barefoot Lawyer book review: Passage to America

China stutters and stumbles

There’s a long road ahead for Xi Jinping, who has concentrated power within himself in an unprecedented manner

China stutters and stumbles

Peep into Chinese grassroots

Michael Meyer’s book is an American perspective, but offers rich layers of history and acute observations of Manchuria to remind us that it were rural reforms in China that heralded reforms elsewhere

Singapore turns 50: The remarkable nation that “can Lah”

As Singapore breaks into festivities and its citizens break into Singlish (a mixture of Malay, Chinese and English) with lingo such as can Lah (can accomplish), there is little doubt that if something needs to be accomplished

Hong Kong’s ‘yellow’ upsurge wrecks China’s plan

Whilst China nurses its wounds, it not only has to change tack in Hong Kong but also come to terms with the fact that ‘reunification’ is often wishful thinking

Why the dragon and the democrat have to tango

Among other things, the China trip is also about Aung San Suu Kyi making a transition from being a champion of democracy to the realpolitik world

Why the dragon and the democrat have to tango

Beijing smiles at Delhi

Pragmatic leaders Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping leverage “economics first”

Beijing smiles at Delhi

China’s Pakistan largesse: Formidable challenges lie ahead

The Gwadar to Kashgar road goes from a hotbed to another hotbed, via other hotbeds.

China’s Pakistan largesse: Formidable challenges lie ahead

Singapore ponders over its future after Lee Kuan Yew

Foreign influx, slowing economy, unemployment … the ruling PAP faces a tough test in the 2016 elections—it’s the first time the party goes to polls without LKY

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