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Nov 22, 2010

Nobody expected China's repressive government to applaud when pro-democracy dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize last month.

Nov 19, 2010

Beijing’s vitriolic response to Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel peace prize award has highlighted the ruling Communist Party’s refusal to brook any dissent, even from advocates of peaceful, evolutionary reform. 

Nov 19, 2010

From the authoritarian’s perspective, internal dissidents are easy to deal with – put them in jail, have them disappeared, exiled, or executed. It is not so easy to silence the prestigious Nobel committee, however, let alone the international community. Of course, that is exactly why Professor Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nov 11, 2010

The votes are cast.  The results are in.  Republicans rode a populist tidal wave to seize control of the House.  Democrats held on to a (fragile) majority in the Senate.  So what does it all mean for U.S.-China relations?  That's the question I was asked today on BBC radio.

Nov 5, 2010

 The Asia-Pacific region faces a period of strategic tensions that could damage economic ties as key national players adapt to an increasingly assertive China growing impatient with U.S. efforts to shore up its influence.

Oct 27, 2010

The Chinese Communist Party has dealt another blow to hopes that it might soon open itself to greater accountability, with an editorial in the People's Daily attacking 'pompous and empty slogans' about political reform.

Oct 27, 2010

The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese communist party, used its front page on Wednesday to denounce any move in China towards multi-party democracy.

Oct 27, 2010

A quick update on the girl known as “FreshWind” – or Mu Yanxi, to use her real name – who was arrested by the Public Security Bureau in Chongqing after sending out a tweet promising to raise a banner praising this year’s Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Oct 24, 2010

THE Chinese authorities' condemnation of the Nobel committee's selection of Liu Xiaobo, the jailed political activist, as the winner of the 2010 Peace Prize inadvertently illustrates why human rights are worth defending.

Oct 20, 2010

"Language shapes the way we think and determines what we can think about." So said the late American linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf. China's Communist Party seems well ahead of the game.

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