In many ways, China's constitution is a marvellous document. It guarantees Chinese citizens a host of rights, including “freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration.” The problem is, they exist only in theory.
Spring break for congressional folks is just around the corner. Time for lawmakers and aides to sign up for those grueling missions in search of facts. But don't dally. For example, we hear there's only a seat or two left on an excellent 12-day trip for congressional staffers to China, leaving March 30.
Today the question is not about the rise of China but its role as a global power and how this will affect Asia and the world. The new US administration under President Barack Obama was to usher in a new and less conflictual relationship but has had to face opposition from rivals as well as allies and friends.
A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), To Strike The Strongest Blow: Questions Remain Over Crackdown On 2009 Unrest In Urumchi, details widespread human rights violations committed by the People’s Republic of China in the wake of unrest in Urumchi on July 5, 2009.