Melinda Liu

China's New Guard

They're called the Sixth Generation. (Everything starts with Mao, of course.) When their day comes, they may well be the country's best hope for change.

Q&A: China's Top Consumer Advocate

Wang Hai's mobile phone keeps buzzing with calls from clients. He's China's most famous crusader against fraudulent, shoddy and dangerous goods. The business consultant targets counterfeiters, helps duped consumers and protects whistle-blowers, many of whom face harassment or worse. "A good system for guaranteeing quality control simply doesn't exist in China," says Wang, who's been on the consumer-rights warpath for more than a decade. "Even confidential informants who report to authorities...

Last Word: Hoshyar Zebari

Baghdad was already feeling the heat of an increase in suicide blasts and roadside bombs, mortar attacks on the Green Zone, and U.S. pressure to meet its "benchmarks" of progress by September.

Of Coups and Conspiracies

As if Nouri al-Maliki didn't have enough to worry about. Aside from rising violence and his government's laggardly progress on a slew of political and legislative benchmarks set by the U.S., the Iraqi prime minister also seems increasingly consumed by fears of coups and conspiracies.

High-Tech Hunt for Hostages

Two high-profile abduction incidents in Iraq recently--three soldiers near Mahmoudiya last month and five British civilians in Baghdad this week--have focused attention on the U.S.-led Coalition's search and rescue operations.

A Somber Return

 A familiar blast of hot air hit me as I stepped off the plane in Baghdad. It seemed for a moment as if I'd never left Iraq. The arid, dusty wind that sucks your lungs dry.

The Olympic Effect

Late in march, the actress Mia Farrow wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal calling for a boycott of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Denouncing China for its support of the murderous Sudanese government (which happens to be China's sixth largest oil supplier), she dubbed the upcoming Games the "Genocide Olympics."Beijing, which has been wary of Hollywood's PR power ever since Richard Gere and others began campaigning for Tibet's independence years ago, quickly kicked into damage-control...

China's Roadside Eats

Spring has sprung. The hills north of Beijing are alive with ... the sound of noisy restaurant attendants, some waving red banners, standing at the side of the road shouting, "Stop here for a delicious meal!" at the throngs of city dwellers zooming by in their cars.Chinese are hitting the road in record numbers.

The Last Word: Alex Leong

Hong Kong has an election coming up for its next Chief Executive on March 25. The choice won't go to the people, however; the only voters will be 800 bureaucrats and functionaries vetted by Beijing.

The Usual Suspects?

Sometimes in China you read about the funeral before you much know about the violence that led up to it.  Last week's media reports of the emotional memorial ceremony for 21-year-old Chinese policeman Huang Qiang was, for some of us, the first clue that something unusual had erupted in Xinjiang, China's "Wild West," where 8.5 million Muslims—most of them Turkic-speaking Uighurs—comprise three-fifths of the population.  Newspaper photos showed dozens of Chinese police—some bowing deeply,...

The Paulson Push in China

In imperial times, visiting foreign plenipotentiaries were compelled to kowtow--touch their foreheads to the ground--in front of the Chinese emperor. The weaker the Chinese government, the more it insisted on such groveling.

Beijing Starts to Feel The 'Olympic Effect'

Once every decade or two, in the life of a great nation, celestial bodies align just right and set the stage for change. For the People's Republic of China, which has already achieved a stunning rags-to-riches transformation, 2007 promises to be such a year.The biggest catalyst for the country's extreme makeover, of course, is the looming 2008 Summer Olympics.

The Olympic Effect

International media will soon feel the "Olympic effect." Almost as soon as Beijing won its bid to host the 2008 Summer Games, it was clear the Olympic phenomenon would be felt in China far beyond the realm of sports.