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China is a multi-ethnic state with little multiculturalism

Mon, 09/08/2008 - 12:00

Clad in brightly-coloured costumes, 56 children paraded through the Bird's Nest at last month's Olympic Opening ceremonies.

Former diplomat says West has 'fantasy' view of China

Mon, 09/08/2008 - 12:00

Canadians have fallen for a Chinese government "charm offensive," says a former Canadian diplomat and specialist on Chinese mafia "Triad" gangs and Communist China's government-directed espionage in Canada.

A crackdown in China's wild West, its Muslim-majority chunk of Central Asia

Thu, 09/04/2008 - 12:00

On the roads crossing the dusty fields of cotton and maize around the oasis city of Kashgar, China’s police are on alert. Terrorists, as they call them, have been stepping up their attacks. Officers at checkpoints turn back foreigners venturing towards troublespots. Citizens entering Kashgar line up by the roadside to have their identity cards scanned.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Georgian Crisis

Wed, 09/03/2008 - 12:00

The Russian invasion, occupation, and dismemberment of Georgia represent the greatest challenge if not crisis to confront the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Beijing's Perspectives on the Russo-Georgian Conflict: Dilemma and Choices

Wed, 09/03/2008 - 12:00

Beijing’s reaction to the Russo-Georgian fiasco has remained muted since Russian tanks rumbled into Georgia on August 8, leading to the most serious standoff between the West and Russia in the post-Cold War era.

Beijing's Post Olympic Shakedown in Xinjiang and Tibet

Wed, 09/03/2008 - 12:00

While the catchwords and slogans of the just-ended Beijing Olympics trumpeted “harmony” and “One World, One Dream,” the traditionally tense relations between Han Chinese and ethnic minorities – particularly Uyghurs and Tibetans – could worsen significantly in the foreseeable future.

Beijing tightens noose around Uighurs ahead of Games

Wed, 08/27/2008 - 12:00

Exile groups say hundreds of Uighurs have been detained and thousands of paramilitary forces deployed to the Xinjiang region in response to what local officials have said are terrorist threats from extremist Uighurs who want to form an independent state.

Human rights and Beijing's Olympic hustle

Tue, 08/26/2008 - 12:00

Those were some swell Olympics in Beijing. There was much exciting sport. Records were broken, many records. The opening ceremony was about as spectacular an event as you are likely ever to see. China got every bit of the public relations boost that it spent $40 billion for.

Demographic Profile China

Mon, 08/25/2008 - 12:00

Looking ahead to 2050, China may regret its longstanding one-child policy. In a rapidly aging society, not having enough children to support the elderly might become the real problem.

Where China Goes Next

Mon, 08/25/2008 - 12:00

With the Chinese media gushing over the success of the Olympics, the latest issue of Southern Window — a highbrow news magazine with a circulation of 500,000 — caught my eye.

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