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China to keep grip on society as challenges loom

Mon, 06/09/2008 - 12:00

The Chinese government's burst of openness in the aftermath of its devastating earthquake was not a signal that the Communist Party is relaxing its grip on a rapidly changing society -- far from it.

Sichuan Quake Reveals Gross Failings in the System

Fri, 06/06/2008 - 12:00

Beijing’s quick response to the Sichuan earthquake, including allowing foreign experts to take part in the rescue effort, has earned the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership relatively high marks for openness—and for its apparent readiness to live up to the “putting people first” credo.

From Tiananmen to the Sichuan Quake: A Profile of Wen Jiabao

Fri, 06/06/2008 - 12:00

The well-coordinated, massive relief and propaganda efforts organized by the central government are called by some international observers the most pronounced phenomenon emerging from China's recent natural devastations

When the East sees red, Russian gas goes west

Fri, 06/06/2008 - 12:00

China is the driver of global commodity flows, as well as prices. But the Central Kingdom has been slow to understand that it is the horse which pulls the cart; the whip hand belongs to the coachman.

Why China's next earthquake might be political

Wed, 06/04/2008 - 12:00

Whether it has been those of nature, man-made political disasters, or a combination of both, no other civilized society has suffered more down through the centuries than the ancient Chinese polity.

Terrorism and the Olympics

Thu, 05/29/2008 - 12:00

The reports of terror plots emanating this year from this Muslim region in the far west of China might seem fanciful: A foiled plot to blow up a plane; a cache of TNT to bomb the Summer Olympics; even a “violent terrorist gang” that planned to kidnap Olympic athletes.

Mani and Manichaeism in Sassanid Iran

Wed, 05/28/2008 - 12:00

Manichaeism, presumably an offshoot of Zoroastrianism, was not only an inspiration for various heretical movements in Christianity but also dominated the religious life of Central and Eastern Asia for centuries.

While India sleeps, Chinese threat grows

Tue, 05/27/2008 - 12:00

New Delhi's portrayal of the humiliating defeat at the hands of Chinese in 1962 as 'betrayal' and 'surprise' is untrue. The pacifist Indian leadership that was crying hoarse from rooftops for friendship at any cost remained blind to Communist China's repeated claims on Tibet and large part of Indian territories.

For Talks to Succeed, China Must Admit to a Tibet Problem

Fri, 05/23/2008 - 12:00

China’s hard-line policy towards Tibet creates more problems than it solves. Beijing’s recent crackdown on Tibetan protesters has attracted condemnation from around the world, but did nothing to address the underlying problems in Tibet itself.

China's glasnost

Thu, 05/22/2008 - 12:00

In the aftermath of the great Sichuan earthquake, we've seen a hopeful glimpse of China's future: a more open and self-confident nation, and maybe - just maybe - the birth of grass-roots politics here.


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