| Mar 11, 2014
| 8:24 AM
Symbols are meaningful in politics. Sometimes, a gesture as simple as a handshake can resonate with tremendous importance.
For me, the most important handshake in American history occurred in China on February 21, 1972.
By way of background, John...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Madeline Xi Cui Friedman was born in China and has lived much of her life with her family in western Howard County, but she considers herself a global citizen.
The 17-year-old high school senior attends the Shanghai Community International School in...
| Mar 8, 2014
When Emily Parker started writing columns about China and the Internet for the Wall Street Journal in 2004, she was skeptical that fledgling social media sites could make much of an impact.
"I wasn't convinced that the Internet was going to be...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The Justice Department has just obtained documents showing that JPMorgan Chase, Wall Street's biggest bank, has been hiring the children of China's ruling elite in order to secure "existing and potential business opportunities" from Chinese government-run...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 4:57 AM
It started as idle chatter on the beach. My family was vacationing with old friends we've known since our Laurel High School days in the early 1970s, Richard and Denise Pond. Rich was talking about his father, Clayton Pond, an American Indian and World...
| Dec 24, 2013
The recent nuclear deal with Iran has generated a great deal of discussion about the concept of leverage. What does this give the U.S. — and what do we lose?
Many observers believe that the United States and the P5 +1 members (UK, France, China,...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 5:49 AM
Diplomats and businessmen from around the globe. Tourists from across the country. Day-trippers from neighboring states.
They flock to the nation's capital for commerce and pleasure and might also try their luck at a planned MGM casino near the National...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:09 AM
I recently had a chance to watch the space-themed film "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Leaving aside the multitude of technical errors in the film, as someone who has consulted in the space business for a number years, I always...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 2:35 PM
Justin Benedik played nearly every sport he could imagine during his youth in Calvert County. His main focus was soccer, but the 2004 Patuxent graduate also dabbled in football, tennis, golf, lacrosse and "almost everything my parents could bring me to...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 3:34 AM
When Columbia resident Gregory Norris' ear began to throb during a scuba outing while vacationing in Roatan, Honduras, he knew he needed medical attention.
But what Norris didn't know is that the visit to Roatan's Clinica Esperanza would be the best...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 9:29 AM
A former executive of a pan-Asian retailer will become Giant Food's next president.
Gordon Reid, former group director for commercial services for Dairy Farm International, which runs more than 5,600 stores throughout Asia, will step in at Giant on...
| Nov 2, 2013
A war of words between Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. and Men's Wearhouse has only complicated a potential deal between the clothing titans.
Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank has offered $2.3 billion for Men's Wearhouse, and has continued to express interest...