January 2008

Keeping an Eye on China's Security

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 11:00

Since Imperial times, Chinese governments have relied on neighbors to inform on each other as a way to preserve social control.

China's media curbs loom as trade issue

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 11:00

China's restrictions on foreign media, long a concern of rights groups and press freedom advocates, have now become a trade issue.

China shirking Olympic pledge, pressure needed: HRW

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 11:00

China is shirking its pledge to improve human rights for the Olympic Games and world pressure is needed to force Beijing to comply, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Hu Jintao Tightens Grip Over “Shanghai Faction”

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 03:00

Since dumping former Shanghai party secretary Chen Liangyu in late 2006, President Hu Jintao has tightened his control over the East China metropolis—as well as the so-called Shanghai Faction in the tangled politics within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Let us not lose faith in democracy

Wed, 01/30/2008 - 11:00

President George W. Bush’s “freedom agenda” has run into the Middle Eastern sand. The president himself will be the last to recognise this. Speaking in the United Arab Emirates on January 13, he hailed a “great new era” of “the advance of freedom”. “My friends,” he proclaimed to the assembled sheikhs, “a future of liberty stands before you.” Then Mr Bush flew on to Egypt and lavished praise on President Hosni Mubarak, who threw into jail the last man to run against him for the presidency.

Dissident's Arrest Hints at Olympic Crackdown

Wed, 01/30/2008 - 11:00

When state security agents burst into his apartment last month, Hu Jia was chatting on Skype, the Internet-based telephone system. Mr. Hu’s computer was his most potent tool. He disseminated information about human rights cases, peasant protests and other politically touchy topics even though he often lived under de facto house arrest.

FBI chief pleased with Beijing Games security

Wed, 01/30/2008 - 11:00

The head of the FBI said on Wednesday he expects Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games to be "secure and safe" while offering China help against potential threats.

China's weapons exceed self-defence needs: US military

Tue, 01/29/2008 - 11:00

The United States said Monday it was "troubling" that China's weapons systems capability exceeded the level Beijing defined as necessary for self-defence.

Russian arms exports to China in collapse - report

Tue, 01/29/2008 - 11:00

Russia's arms industry is suffering a near collapse in exports to China, as military top brass agonise over which technology the neighbouring country should be allowed, defence industry sources told Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper.

Tibet group: Prince to boycott Games

Tue, 01/29/2008 - 11:00

Britain's Prince Charles will not attend the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing -- and a group that campaigns against China's human rights record said Monday that the future monarch's decision was in solidarity with its aims.