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Kunming Terrorist Attack: A Resident’s Perspective

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 19:05

Our correspondent recounts the aftermath of the deadly knife attack.

Disparate fortunes in China's Muslim 'heartland'

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 20:21

For three years running, the China-Arab Economic Forum has held its annual gatherings in Yingchuan, the capital city of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in Northwest China - a region with the third-smallest GDP in China.

Central Asia: A Region of Strategic Importance to China

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 18:01
A Kazakh-Chinese gas pipeline is unveiled in 2008. China is one of the key players seeking access to Central Asia’s resources. Photo: ITAR-TASS

The five republics of Central Asia (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan) are endowed with an immense amount of natural resources and are located in the center of Eurasia.

Global Insights: In Ukraine Crisis, China Chooses Russia Ties Over Principles

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 18:20
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Xi Jinping, Moscow, March 22, 2013 (photo from the website of the President of the Russian Federation).

Russia’s military occupation and impending annexation of the Crimea in Ukraine has put Beijing in a difficult spot, confronting Chinese leaders with numerous competing priorities and principles.

China’s Kunming attack: When the cracks are exposed

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:52
 A girl looks up at patrolling paramilitary policemen with guns after a knife attack along a street near Kunming railway station, Yunnan province, March 2, 2014. China blamed militants from the restive far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday for an attack at a train station on the other side of the country by knife-wielding "terrorists" in which at least 33 died, including four of the assailants, who were shot dead. REUTERS/Wong Campion

After the brutal knife massacre in a Chinese train station on Saturday, Chinese authorities have promised to go after the “terrorists” with everything they’ve got.

What I'm reading: Time to reconsider NATO expansion?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:39

“The stark fact is that even if Russian military intervention stops with the establishment of a pro-Russian vassal state in Crimea, Russia will have enormous leverage over the new government in Ukraine,” writes Edward Walker in the Los Angeles Times.

Opposing Narratives in Piecing Together Kunming Attackers’ Motives

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:03
Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A doctor checking a patient who was wounded in the stabbing attack at the Kunming train station in China on Saturday.

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One country’s terrorist, another’s freedom fighter: the Chinese edition

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:34
Too late: Chinese police in Kunming

Full Comment’s Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily round-up of quality punditry from across the globe.  Today: China’s response to the deaths of more than 30 people in Kunming provides a revealing glimpse into Beijing’s mindset.

Free Ilham Tohti

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:29
Ilham Tohti

The most surprising thing about Ilham Tohti being charged with separatism is that it didn’t happen sooner.

Do US Comments on China’s Human Rights Make a Difference?

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:20
Image Credit: Flickr/ US Department of State

US comments on human rights in China aren’t expected to change anything. Instead, they reveal the core of US-China distrust.


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