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Sep 20, 2016

For far too long we have allowed the tyrant child to determine our actions. This must stop. We must stop fearing it.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center, attends the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. MARK SCHIEFELBEIN / AP
Sep 8, 2016

The gulf between Canada and China on human rights is vast. This isn’t something that normally needs pointing out, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, insisting he put the boots to the Chinese government over rights during his visit, seems confused.

Sep 2, 2016

Washington, Brussels, and others have plenty of leverage over Beijing. Now they just have to use it.

Decorative plaques featuring Chinese leaders of the past and present, including current president Xi Jinping (front), are seen at a souvenir stall in Beijing in 2014. AP
Jul 29, 2016

Two years ago, I was invited by the American Bar Association to prepare a manuscript for a book to be titled “Darkness Before Dawn.”

Uygur men visiting a night market in Hotan. Some Uygurs allege that ethnic Han settlers in Xinjiang receive preferential treatment. Photo: AFP
Jul 5, 2016

THERE is some controversy surrounding reports that the Chinese government enforces strictures upon those who observe Islamic rituals, especially during the month of Ramazan, in Xinjiang, a region with a Uighur Muslim majority.

Asylum seekers wait for Thai Immigration officials to escort them to court in Songkhla, southern Thailand on March 15, 2014.
Jun 7, 2016

Muslims are left with little to celebrate under Beijing’s repression.

Asylum seekers thought to be from China's Uyghur minority sit before boarding trucks as Thai Immigration officials (not pictured) escort them to a court in Songkhla, southern Thailand on March 15, 2014 (AFP Photo/Tuwaedaniya Meringing)
Jun 6, 2016

Some 70 detainees are on a hunger strike fearing the threat of being sent to Beijing; the Prayut govt must not repeat its previous mistake

Apr 4, 2016

It is heartening to learn that authorities in China’s western region of Xinjiang have begun a campaign to promote ethnic unity.

rmed paramilitary policemen ride on military trucks during a show of force on the streets of Urumqi  Photo: AP
Feb 9, 2016

What is terrorism? I long ago grew bored with this perennial semantic dispute. The arguments never change and they never change anyone’s mind.

The outcome will determine the fate of much of Eurasia for decades to come.
Jan 14, 2016

Francis Fukuyama says the US and other governments in the West must offer alternatives to China’s massive ‘One Belt, One Road’ Eurasian infrastructure initiative

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