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Enough whitewashing of central Asia’s tyrants

Western cosying up to unsavoury dictators must include an insistence on better human rights Try as he might, playwright George Bernard Shaw could not find a bad thing to say about Stalin’s Soviet Union. The workers? Not downtrodden at all, he wrote after a 1933 trip, but hopeful and enthusiastic. As for


China is buying up Uncle Sam’s Asian allies

The Philippines’ tilt away from Washington towards Beijing shows how US power is waning Rodrigo Duterte, who proudly bears the nickname Duterte Harry, has been given a hero’s welcome in Beijing. The president of the Philippines may be a foul-mouthed renegade — he called Barack Obama the “son of a whore” and