Gary Locke and China

President Obama nominated former Washington governor Gary Locke to head the Department of Commerce yesterday. The process has been dominated by the withdrawal of two previous candidates. While Locke, the former governor of Washington, has had fund-raising problems that will undoubtedly be examined during the confirmation process, there …

State Press: Self-Immolation in Central Beijing

Three men in a vehicle lit themselves on fire in downtown Beijing this afternoon, the state-run Xinhua news service reported. The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. in a central shopping area not far from Tian’anmen Square. The highly public location of the fire, coupled with the sensitive date–today is the beginning of Losar, the