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Topics: Buddhism

The Many Faces of China’s Enigmatic President

Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era by Willy Wo-lap Lam (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2007), 359 pp., $29.95 Reviewed by Steven W. Mosher “Who is the President of China?” the late-night talk show hosts joked with their audiences when a Communist cadre by the name of Hu Jintao vaulted into the presidency of China in 2003. “Hu is the President.” “That’s what I want to know. Who?” But behind the banter lurks a serious …

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Pro-Life Travels: Sri Lanka

The “resplendent island,” better I known as Sri Lanka and formerly as Ceylon, is situated off the south-eastern coast of India. Multi-ethnic and multi-religious, it has a population of 20 million and a land mass of 65,610 square kilometers. Ethnically, its people are Singhalese (69%), the majority of whom are Buddhists; Tamils, who are mostly Hindu, account for 15% of the population; the Moors (8%) are Muslims and steadily increasing; while Catholics, drawn from all …

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