Isaac Stone Fish

China's New Sex Symbol: The Bureaucrat

In the category of the world's sexiest politicians, China's dour communist apparatchiks would seem to be far behind America's legendary ladies'-men presidents and Europe's bunga-bunga leaders. But a survey released in December by the All-China Women's Federation found that a Middle Kingdom mandarin is the top pick for an ideal partner among Chinese women.

Robert Kaplan Pegs Indian Ocean Rim as Global Hub

Foreign policymakers distracted by recent history—the fallout from the end of the Cold War, the morasses of Iraq and Afghanistan—should shift their gazes from northern landmasses to southern seas. That's the thrust of Robert Kaplan's new book, Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, which argues that the Indian Ocean "will demographically and strategically be a hub of the 21st-century world."

Kim Is a Pit Bull for China

Beijing knows how to use the thorn in its side. North Korea, reclusive and reckless, poses constant risks. A collapse of the government in Pyongyang would send thousands of starving North Korean refugees pouring over the border into China. Worse, a reunified Korea could let America base troops on China's border. Both concerns provide good reason for Beijing to keep up the flow of trade and envoys to its isolated ally.

Mao's Great Famine

The Great Leap Forward, the period from 1958 to 1962 that saw the deaths of an estimated 45 million Chinese, lacks the heft of horror associated with Hitler's and Stalin's genocides.

More Chinese Workers Prefer Domestic Firms

In August, China's biggest job-search site released a survey of 200,000 Chinese college students, ranking their -preferences for employment. Only three non-Chinese multinational corporations made the list of the top 50: Google, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble, all in the top 10. That's a steep decline from the 21 foreign firms that made the list last year.

'We Need to Be Innovating Every Day'

Amway China's chairwoman, Eva Cheng, started at the company as a secretary in the Hong Kong office in 1977 and now oversees the company's operations in Greater China and Southeast Asia, which was reportedly responsible for more than one third of its $8.4 billion in 2009 revenue.

Chinese Women Go Shopping

Shoppers throughout the West, wary of a double-dip recession, are still pinching their pennies. But Chinese consumers are opening their wallets—big time. According to McKinsey, retail sales in China have grown by 25 percent annually from 2007 to 2009, making the Chinese consumer sector arguably the healthiest of any major economy in the world, says Yuval Atsmon, a consultant in McKinsey's Shanghai office.