June 2008

China acts to preempt unrest as Olympics near

Mon, 06/30/2008 - 12:00

China has ordered local officials to head off any protests that could tarnish the Olympics, the government said Monday, after a violent riot by 10,000 people threw the spotlight on deep social tensions.

'No longer enemy combatants,' but still stuck

Sun, 06/29/2008 - 12:00

The first time, we talked over strong coffee and sweet sodas in a small cafe on the outskirts of Tirana, Albania, ignoring the strong smell of decay that permeates the fringes of a desperately poor city.

China stepping up religious abuses, say activists

Sat, 06/28/2008 - 12:00

China is intensifying its persecution of Christians, Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists as the Olympic Games in Beijing near, according to activists for religious freedom.

PLA's rapid reaction capability in Tibet

Sat, 06/28/2008 - 12:00

The eruption of riots in Tibet in March reflected an increasingly complicated political situation there, involving both internal and external factors.

China's dark secret

Fri, 06/27/2008 - 12:00

The Uighurs’ call for self-rule has been met with brutality ever since China forcefully annexed East Turkestan in 1949, says Alim Seytoff.

Enemies within

Fri, 06/27/2008 - 12:00

This August, during the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing, there will almost certainly be a section of the vast parade devoted to celebrating the ‘55 ethnic minorities’ and their separate cultures in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Hold Demonstration in Brussels

Fri, 06/27/2008 - 12:00

On 25 June 2008 about 150 Uyghurs from various EU countries led by their charismatic leader Rebiya Kadeer gathered with other supporters for a demonstration organized by the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in the European district in Brussels.

China Says It Opposes Politicizing Olympics

Fri, 06/27/2008 - 12:00

After months of warning other countries not to politicize the summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China has come under criticism from the International Olympic Committee for doing just that.

Silk Road Nostalgia

Fri, 06/27/2008 - 12:00

There we were on holiday in China, starving and trying to order dinner - except that no one in that spot spoke Mandarin.

China says NGOs stir anti-Chinese feelings in Darfur

Fri, 06/27/2008 - 12:00

China's envoy to the strike-torn Sudanese region of Darfur on Thursday accused western media and non-governmental groups of stirring up anti-Chinese feelings among opposition groups in the African country.