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The Rise of the Far East

The original birth of civilization began in the Middle East and migrated westward - to Greece, to Rome, and then to the nations of northern Europe. As Henry Luce so aptly quipped in 1941, ''The twentieth century was the American Century.'' And indeed it was. But the centroid of power continues to migrate westward: it is widely anticipated that the 21st century will be the ''Asian Century.''

With recent shifts in the economic centers of the world, most notably the decline of the U.S., the Far East is quickly rising to fill the void.

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U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China - The Cox Report

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China-U.S. Relations - Yahoo! Full Coverage

Statement on the President's Request for Most Favored Nation (MFN) Trade Status for China - Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

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China could Launch Next Manned Space Mission this Month - China could move ahead the launch of its next manned space mission to as early as this month. Keenly aware of the military, scientific and commercial benefits of space knowledge, China has been aggressively pursuing space exploration for years.

China builds up strategic sea lanes - China is building up military forces and setting up bases along sea lanes from the Middle East to project its power overseas and protect its oil shipments, according to a previously undisclosed internal report prepared for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Japan Raises Defenses on Signs North Korea Plans Missile Test - The U.S. and Japan detected that North Korea is preparing to test ballistic missles capable of reaching the main Japanese islands. The N. Korean newspaper issued threats to Japan as well.

Energy Woes Plague Shanghai - Officials in energy-hungry Shanghai are doing everything they can to curb power consumption and reduce the plague of brownouts.

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