November 2009

The Middle Kingdom extends its reach

Sun, 11/29/2009 - 11:00

FORMER military chief Peter Cosgrove referred to China, in the recent Boyer lectures, as the Middle Kingdom - a title often used for the country by English-speaking politicians and businesspeople, frequently in an awed tone of reverence.

Two wrestlers

Sun, 11/29/2009 - 11:00

Obama had little negotiation space on his Asia trip, yet China could not score

Condemnation by MEPs of Executions in China

Sat, 11/28/2009 - 11:00

After meetings between UNPO, World Uyghur Congress and MEPs, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling upon Beijing to “suspend all…death sentences” and “make every effort to develop a genuine Han-Uighur dialogue.”

A Rare Chinese Look at Secret Detentions

Sat, 11/28/2009 - 11:00

In a rare dose of candor that contradicts past official statements, a state-run magazine has published an article that details a secret network of detention centers used to prevent aggrieved citizens from lodging complaints against the Chinese government.

Could the Uighur unrest spread?

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 11:00

Five months after violence broke out in the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang, the area still remains under tight control. International calls are barred to and from Xinjiang. There is no Internet access available to the general population. And the government is in the midst of waging a "Strike Hard" campaign.

Germany Suspects China of Spying on Uighur Expatriates

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 11:00

German investigators on Tuesday morning searched the residences of four suspected Chinese spies. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, the suspects had been spying on Munich's Uighur community on orders from the Chinese government.

China Releases Uyghur Church Leader from Prison

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 11:00

A Uyghur Christian in China’s troubled Xinjiang region was released last week after serving two years in a labor camp for alleged “illegal proselytizing” and “leaking state secrets,” according to Compass sources.

Double Agency

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 11:00

The British edition of “Typhoon” came out one year ago. I was living in China then and ordered a copy from London. It never arrived, though the Royal Mail’s tracking system showed that it had made its way as far as a Beijing shipping depot.

Chinese raided in Germany for spying on Uighurs: Report

Tue, 11/24/2009 - 11:00

German police raided on Tuesday the flats of four Chinese men suspected of spying for the Beijing government on Munich's 500-strong Uighur community, Spiegel magazine reported on its website.

Xinjiang Unity Law 'Flawed'

Tue, 11/24/2009 - 11:00

Legislation drafted in the wake of deadly ethnic violence in China's northwest is said to miss the mark.

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