March 2007

Beijing aims to increase its control of ethnic minorities

Sat, 03/31/2007 - 12:00

A plan announced yesterday will fund the economic development of ethnic minorities, often among the nations poorest peoples. But there will also be a system of social control of minorities to prevent protests. Particular attention is paid to the Uyghurs of Xinjiang and Tibet.

Uyghurs in Forced Labor To Grow China's Almonds

Sat, 03/31/2007 - 12:00

Chinese authorities in the northwestern Xinjiang region are forcing tens of thousands of ethnic Uyghurs into producing almonds for the county government without pay, local residents and one official say.

Uyghur women from throughout the world attend leadership workshop in Washington, D.C.

Thu, 03/29/2007 - 12:00

On March 23 and 24, more than 60 Uyghur women from around the globe gathered at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C. to attend a Uyghur women’s leadership workshop, held by the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation.

Chinese Village Struggles to Save Dying Language

Thu, 03/22/2007 - 12:00

Seated cross-legged in her farmhouse on the kang, a brick sleeping platform warmed by a fire below, Meng Shujing lifted her chin and sang a lullaby in Manchu, softly but clearly.


Thu, 03/22/2007 - 12:00

Iraq could soon emerge as an important new focal point of intensifying Chinese and Japanese commercial diplomacy and energy rivalry, in spite of their extensive overlapping interests and mutually beneficial economic ties. It is difficult to determine whether friction over energy-related matters is a symptom or an additional cause of the strained relationship between China and Japan.


Thu, 03/22/2007 - 12:00

That China’s financial system—even in the midst of reform and development—has acquired significant international influence is evident. The 8.9 percent drop of the Shanghai Composite Index on February 27, compounding certain remarks on the U.S.


Thu, 03/22/2007 - 12:00

China is nearly a decade into a program to commission up to half of the new People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officers from its finest universities. In the near-term, this initiative will take advantage of civilian institutions of higher education to train large numbers of technologically proficient military leaders better able to function on the high-tech battlefields of the 21st century.

China tightening Olympics security

Wed, 03/21/2007 - 12:00

China's top security official insisted yesterday that tighter controls were needed to stop next year's Olympic Games from being disrupted by "hostile forces," including foreigners.

US, Japan in security overdrive

Wed, 03/21/2007 - 12:00

A rat that gnaws at a cat's tail invites destruction, says the classic Chinese proverb on the importance of knowing one's physical limits. Yet the United States and its regional allies appear blissfully content that China, Asia's economic and political tiger, will not swat back as they pursue their crude security containment strategy.

The third way for China

Wed, 03/21/2007 - 12:00

Children are raised to believe that no one likes a tattle-tale. As adults, this ingrained lesson subconsciously morphs into frustration with people who point out the difficulties and disconnects with ideas we find useful. As the stakes get greater, it becomes increasingly awkward for an outside observer to suggest problems with commonly accepted tactics and strategies. Nowhere is this more complicated than in geopolitical