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The Geography of Chinese Power

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 12:00

China’s blessed geography is so obvious a point that it tends to get overlooked in discussions of the country’s economic dynamism and national assertiveness.

We are doing all the fighting but China will win the peace

Thu, 03/25/2010 - 12:00

Will Afghanistan soon be no more than a Chinese province? These questions are prompted by yesterday’s meeting in Beijing between China’s leader, Hu Jintao, and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.

Unplugged in Urumqi

Sun, 03/21/2010 - 12:00

For quite some time, I had been looking forward to travelling back to Xinjiang province, one of my favorite destinations in China, for a reporting trip.

Yes, Chinese have rights in theory

Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:00

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.

The 51st Anniversary of the Tibetan Struggle: What is the future?

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 12:00

March 10, 2010 marked the 51st Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising which had forced the Dalai Lama to move to Dharamshala and establish the Tibetan Government-in-exile.

The Exclusiveness of Being Chinese

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 12:00

The Characteristics of Chinese and Indian Identities and How to Obtain Them

Have we got a China junket for you

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 11:00

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.

Uighurs' gambit

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 11:00

They had hoped for a new homeland far from the island fortress that is the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo, Cuba, where they could find fellowship with other Uighurs.

Uighurs failed by Cambodia's sham refugee law

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 11:00

In June last year a solitary Uighur from Xinjiang Province in China arrived in Phnom Penh seeking asylum. He registered his claim with the Cambodian Government and with UNHCR.

China's global role

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 11:00

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.

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