July 2008

City's signs suggest a house divided

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 12:00

Beijing keeps wary watch on a restive region as the opening of Olympics nears, writes the Tribune's Evan Osnos.

Uighurs and China's Xinjiang Region

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 12:00

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), a territory in western China, accounts for one-sixth of China's land and is home to about 20 million people from thirteen major ethnic groups.

Why security is tighter in Beijing

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 12:00

From missile batteries around the stadium to neighborhood watches, from SWAT teams to bar closures, from random ID checks to a visa clampdown, Beijing’s panoply of security measures outstrips anything ever mounted for the Olympics.

The World Under Fire

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 12:00

In the past ten days, bombs have ripped people apart in high profile, bloody locations like Baghdad and India, killed more in relatively safe locations like Kunming and Istanbul and scared others in Spain. The world is on fire and Beijing is about to party.

Congress Urges President Bush To Raise Human Rights Issue With China

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 12:00

U.S. lawmakers, organizations advocating for human rights and religious freedom, and China democracy activists have sharply criticized the Chinese government in advance of the Beijing Olympic Games opening in August 8. VOA's Dan Robinson reports on this, and a congressional resolution urging President Bush to raise human rights issues when he attends the Olympic games.

Travel Restrictions for China Muslims

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 12:00

With the clock ticking for the opening of Beijing Olympics, Chinese Muslims are complaining of travel restrictions and being picked up for strip searches before boarding.

Rebiya Kadeer meets with President Bush at the White House

Wed, 07/30/2008 - 12:00

On July 29th at the White House, Uyghur democracy leader Rebiya Kadeer met with President George W. Bush, together with four other human rights leaders, to discuss the human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Beijing Revives Mao's “People's Warfare” to Ensure Trouble Free Olympics

Wed, 07/30/2008 - 04:00

Hardly anybody still believes that the Beijing Olympics will have the same kind of globalizing and liberalizing effect on Chinese politics that the 1988 Seoul Olympics had on the democratic development of South Korea.

Bush vows to take 'message of freedom' to Beijing

Tue, 07/29/2008 - 12:00

US President George W. Bush, in a move likely to anger China, met with five Chinese dissidents here and told them he would take a "message of freedom" to next month's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Olympic paranoia clutches China

Tue, 07/29/2008 - 12:00

With a little more than a week to go before China plays host to its biggest ever international event, the Chinese government is leaving nothing to chance.