Havana talks start after promises by Obama, Cuban caution

/ Jan 22, 2015

Havana talks start after promises by Obama, Cuban caution

The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades kicked off two days of negotiations Wednesday after grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government. U.S. moves to ...

/ Aug 18, 2014

Pope makes biggest gesture yet to China, eyes ties

Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn’t coming in as a “conqueror” but is rather a partner in dialogue. Francis outlined his priorities for ...

Meiji Japanese who sought to improve China

/ Jan 19, 2013

Meiji Japanese who sought to improve China

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ASIA FOR THE ASIANS: China in the Lives of Five Meiji Japanese, by Paula S. Harrell. Merwin Asia, 2012, 407 pp., $35 (paperback) The radical makeover Japan prescribed itself in the course of the Meiji reforms, driven by entirely justified fear of Western domination, ...