September 2007

A challenge to China

Fri, 09/28/2007 - 12:00

China's leaders are dreaming of prosperity and good fortune by deciding to open the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing at 8:08 p.m. on Aug. 8. But when the Olympic torch is lit in Beijing's spectacular new National Stadium, known as the "bird's nest" for its intricate steel beams, the world's attention may be focused as much on China's failures as its success.

East Turkestan: What Goes for Tibet, Goes for East Turkestan

Fri, 09/28/2007 - 12:00

With the appointment of a new bishop and the controversy over government 'approval' of future Lamas, it may be easy to forget that China's significant Muslim population suffers from similar religious restrictions.

China seeking to cut numbers of executions: court official

Wed, 09/26/2007 - 12:00

 Facing criticism for its human rights record, the vice-president of Supreme People's Court of China said Tuesday his country was trying to reduce the number of death penalty cases.

Dalai Lama winning one battle against China

Wed, 09/26/2007 - 12:00

The Dalai Lama's frequent high-profile foreign tours this year show China's enduring attempts to isolate the Tibetan spiritual leader and ruin his image have had little impact, observers said.

China replaces top military brass ahead of party congress

Wed, 09/26/2007 - 12:00

China has replaced the head of its air force and other top military leaders ahead of a major Communist Party congress next month at which President Hu Jintao is expected to fill several top posts with younger leaders loyal to his rule.

Tensions, crackdowns precede China's big meeting

Wed, 09/26/2007 - 12:00

The eyes of the world are looking towards Beijing for the Olympic Games that will be held here fewer than 11 months from now. But for real China watchers, an event next month will draw much greater attention and have a much greater impact on the country than 16 days of athletics.

In the playground of the superpowers

Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:00

The Caucasus/Central Asian region has historically been an important area at the crossroads of the European and Asian continents. Its cities were important stopover points along the famous Silk Road trading route and they were centers of education and knowledge. It has always been an area of interest to invaders, conquerors, and superpowers. The collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s left a power vacuum in the region, and once again drew the attention of the world's superpowers.

China Defends Its Record on Religion

Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:00

China defended its record on religious freedom Thursday, saying all Chinese can worship as they choose with no restrictions, and it blasted a U.S. government report that said Beijing persecutes some believers.

Congressional briefing addresses the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's role in the violation of refugee rights

Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:00

On Wednesday, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus (CHRC) held a briefing to discuss the role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Central and East Asia.

House of Representatives calls on the PRC to release Rebiya Kadeer's children and Uyghur-Canadian Huseyin Celil

Tue, 09/18/2007 - 12:00

By a voice vote, the House of Representatives on Monday passed House Resolution 497, calling on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to immediately release the children of Rebiya Kadeer and Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil and refrain from further engaging in acts of cultural, linguistic, and religious suppression directed against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.