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Sep 14, 2006

"China can't dominate Asia; there are too many governments in Asia." This comment by a senior Chinese official during a recent interview in Beijing reflects realities of power that make Chinese leadership in Asia unlikely under foreseeable circumstances.

Sep 7, 2006

In 1996, five countries—China, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan—formed an organiza­tion, the Shanghai Five, to resolve border disputes among its members. With the addition of Uzbekistan in 2001, it became the Shanghai Cooperation Organi­zation (SCO), a grouping of Russia, China, and a number of under-developed and developing nations with little to bind them together save geography.

Sep 6, 2006

I would like to make several points in response to the article "Terrorist Bombings Averted in Xinjiang," published on Sept. 4. While I am grateful to Mr. Schaefer for acknowledging that the majority of Uyghurs are peaceful, he has gotten many of his facts wrong.

Sep 5, 2006

The muezzin sounds the evening call to prayer. White skullcaps glint in the fading brightness of the setting sun as the faithful make their way into the mosque. The shush of whispered "salam alaikums" fills the hall. Outside, the mosque's minarets stretch up into the sky; a single crescent moon decorates the top of the green dome.

Sep 5, 2006

A rather strange piece of news appeared recently in the press: a German Google Earth user spotted a military base in China’s Northern plains......

Sep 1, 2006

China There are no boundary markers at the edge of this town to signal to travelers that they are entering a different world, but the feeling could not be more distinct even if there were.

Aug 31, 2006

 On behalf of thousands of peasants from his native village, Ma Wenlin, a self-taught lawyer in northern China, sued the local government in 1997 to recover taxes that had been illegally assessed.

Aug 31, 2006

The Coming Collapse of China, my book, predicts the fall of the Chinese Communist Party by the end of this decade. We are now at the halfway point between its publication in 2001 and that time. So is China's leading political organization on schedule for a fall?

Aug 29, 2006

Devotional chants ring out all around me. The walls of this ancient mosque resonate in harmony with these chants, rewarding the hundreds of people deep in prayer with an atmosphere of surreal calm.

Aug 28, 2006

     On May 10, 1869, a hastily arranged, Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah, marked the opening of the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States that connects the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.


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