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Sep 16, 2009

It was once the “land of a thousand cities” and home to some of the world’s most renowned scientists, poets, and philosophers. Today it is seen mostly as a harsh backwater. To imagine Central Asia’s future, we must journey into its remarkable ­past.

Sep 15, 2009

From the standpoint of the newspaper addict, Paris is a glorious city. Although it leans further toward the (French) center of the political spectrum than Jean-Paul Sartre's leftist daily of choice L'Humanite, the journal quotidienne of choice for this reader is Liberation.

Sep 15, 2009

A month-long tour of China reveals great swathes of the country under the effective sway of local gangs and thugs ruling according to private interest. After the country’s imminent sixtieth-birthday party this should be Hu Jintao’s top priority, says Kerry Brown.

Sep 14, 2009

China’s treatment of Tibet and the Uighurs, (of the Xinjiang Autonomous Province), has followed the pattern of an exchange of allegations and counter-charges. China simply expects to prevail by having an infinitely greater capacity to resonate by the logic of its rapidly expanding economic, political and military power.

Sep 10, 2009

The words “people power” and China are not generally associated. We are accustomed to thinking of China as an authoritarian state in which the will of the people is crushed or, at best, silenced by lightning economic growth and improving living standards.

Sep 10, 2009

Australia’s diplomatic ties with China, its biggest trading partner, are facing their most serious challenge in years amid accusations of industrial espionage and support for an alleged terrorist.

Sep 9, 2009

A prosperous, militarily strong China cannot but be a threat to its neighbours, especially if there are no constraints on the exercise of Chinese power, notes Brahma Chellaney, professor of strategic studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

Sep 9, 2009

In need of a scapegoat over massive protests by the Han Chinese community in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, against a string of bizarre syringe attacks supposedly orchestrated by Uyghur separatists, the government at the weekend sacked Li Zhi, Urumqi's Communist Party chief.

Sep 4, 2009

China celebrates a milestone with a new round of repression

Sep 1, 2009

The seventy-fifth session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) while expressing concern on the future demographic composition in minority areas due to the continuing influx of Chinese settlers has recommended to the Chinese authorities that “any policies or incentives offered that may result in a substantial alteration of the demographic composition of autonomous minority areas be reviewed.”

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