Tag Archives: Orient

The Ryugong to be completed, and they mean it this time

Years ago on the pages of ComingAnarchy, I profiled the Ryugong, the absurd and infamous pyramid-shaped hotel that stands incomplete and abandoned in the middle of Pyongyang, North Korea. It was planned to be completed by 1989, in which case … Continue reading

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The Geography of Chinese Power

Our Bob has an article in the International Herald Tribune on, well, the geography of Chinese power. The article appears below, abridged — click the link for the full story. The Geography of Chinese Power Today China’s ambitions are as … Continue reading

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Chinese Tourists need Housetraining

On the summit of Jebel Hafeet, on the border of the UAE and Oman, I found this graffiti — the characters for “China” spray painted on the rock. I saw similar graffiti in a natural valley in Sapa, Vietnam, back … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-il’s regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought

Or so says Christopher Hitchens in a compelling piece in Slate on North Korea. Part reminiscence, part reconsidertion, and part book review, Hitchens praises the book The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters, recently written … Continue reading

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New Guinea’s Squiggly Border

By the end of the 19th century, the island of New Guinea (the origins of that name can be read at a previous post here) was colonized by three European powers. The Dutch colonized the western portion, the Germans claimed … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Former South Korean President Roh Dead

Former South Korean president Roh dead amid suicide probe FORMER South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun has died, sparking an investigation whether he committed suicide amid a corruption investigation. Roh died on Saturday after falling down a mountain while hiking with … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Sarawak and the White Rajahs

Ponder for a moment the peculiar borders of Malaysia. It is the only country in the world, or at least the only one in its weight class (get out of here, Equitorial Guinea!) that is half continent and half island. … Continue reading

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Financial Warfare

In Younghusband’s post on Friedman’s talk, another speaker at the same event was James G. Rickards, a consultant at Omnis, who spoke in unique terms about financial threats to national security, and financial warfare. He doesn’t propose the answers or … Continue reading

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Urumqi Law Firm Expands

Color me shocked that Coming Anarchy’s favorite regional Chinese capital has a law firm going international, and into the wilds of Central Asia of all places. Urumqi legal market evolving as cross-border trade flows In preparation for the flourishing of … Continue reading

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Obama, Tested?

Prior to Obama being elected, I wrote that his foreign policy “scares me,” referring specifically to North Korea. Vice presidential candidate Biden said that Obama would be “tested” in his first year in office. Kaplan wrote that, if elected, Obama … Continue reading

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