February 2007

Engaging China requires a balance of values and interests

Wed, 02/28/2007 - 11:00

The recent exchange in the news media between the Canadian government and China's assistant minister of foreign affairs underlines fundamental differences in the approach to building the kind of relationship where difficult questions can be raised, discussed and settled in a mutually respectful manner that is likely to lead to change.

Martin Wayne's piece is quite telling - but not about East Turkestan

Tue, 02/27/2007 - 11:00

It's taken me a few days to get a functioning URL of Martin Wayne's Asia Times piece on East Turkestan; mea culpa for that. However, I have now had the chance to examine Wayne's assertion that Communist China (a) has confronted al Qaeda, (b) has largely handled al Qaeda, and (c) its performance in "Xinjiang" can be a model for the rest of the world.

Supporters seeking new lawyer for Celil

Tue, 02/27/2007 - 11:00

Supporters of Huseyin Celil, a Canadian citizen detained in China, say
that his court-appointed lawyer is inadequate and that Canada's
Department of Foreign Affairs has recommended they obtain independent
legal advice there.

Rivals Seek to Expand Freedoms in China

Tue, 02/27/2007 - 11:00

Li Jinsong and Li Jianqiang are Chinese trial lawyers who take on difficult political cases, tangle with the police and seek solace in the same religion, Christianity. But like many who devote themselves to expanding freedoms and the rule of law in China, the two spend as much time clashing over tactics and principles as they do challenging the ruling Communist Party.

Al-Qaeda's China problem

Mon, 02/26/2007 - 11:00

Al-Qaeda has a China problem, and no one is watching. Despite al-Qaeda's significant efforts to support Muslim insurgents in China, Beijing has succeeded in limiting popular support for anti-government violence.

GUNS AND STEEL ON THE SILK ROAD - High Noon in China's Far West

Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:00

China is sending more troops to the mostly Muslim province of Xinjiang in the far west of the country. Concerns are rising in Beijing of ethnic unrest in the border region. Its plans for economic development there may be in trouble.


Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:00

Some fifty years ago, Chinese and Turkish troops actually fought one another on the battlefield; Turkey was the sole Muslim nation to send troops to South Korea under the United Nations mandate, in which 14 other nations sent ground forces to support the U.S.-led coalition.


Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:00

Chinese President Hu Jintao wrapped up his eight-country, twelve-day African tour this month in the midst of controversy regarding China’s role in the continent. Government officials from the countries that received China’s leader expressed gratitude for their guest’s generous offers of aid, cancellations of debt and promises of trade and investment.


Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:00

In a recent report assessing the future missions of the four Keelung (Kidd) class destroyers that were recently commissioned into the Taiwanese Navy, Chien-tuan K’o chi (Defense Technology Monthly) senior editor Chang Li-teh argued that understanding U.S. and Japanese military policies toward Japan’s island chain is critical for Taiwanese military planners.

VOA Uzbek TV Interviews Ms. Rebiya Kadeer

Thu, 02/22/2007 - 03:00

VOA Uzbek Service Television has interviewed Ms. Rebiya Kadeer regarding the human rights situation of the Uyghur people, especially the case of Ismail Semed and Huseyin Celil. This weekly program was directly broadcast into Uzbekistan via satellites. Ms. Kadeer has eloquently answered all the questioned asked by the host of the show.