May 2010

China journey

Thu, 05/06/2010 - 12:00

Author Xinran’s China Witness is a truly magnificent book straddling fine scholarship and great storytelling. China Witness is an account of people’s lives during China’s Red history

China's Xinjiang to get $1.5 billion boost

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 12:00

China plans to inject nearly $1.5 billion into a western region that is the site of simmering unrest, boosting its economy in hopes of reducing ethnic tension after riots last year killed nearly 200 people.

Shanghai's Expo: The world through a funhouse mirror

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 12:00

As news spread that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il had entered China aboard his personal armoured train, one of his bureaucrats was nervously explaining why the country had decided to spend money building a pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, advertising the desperately impoverished state as a “Paradise for the People.”

Thunder in Oslo

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 12:00

Who owns human rights? For generations, the answer was the left -- the anti-fascist left that fought Franco and formed the core of the Free French, and took to the streets to defend the working man against capitalist exploitation.

Man seeks help for son's release from Chinese prison

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 12:00

Sher Baz Khan, a Pakistani who has been living in China since 1987, has appealed to the Chinese government and the Chinese court to release his 17-year-old son from a prison in Urmuqi, China.

China promises trucks for Cambodian military after US rap

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 12:00

China is to donate more than 250 trucks to Cambodia just weeks after the United States withheld a shipment of military vehicles in response to Phnom Penh's recent expulsion of 20 Uighur refugees, local media reported Monday.

What Does China Have to Do with Islam and Democracy?

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 12:00

Inside China, the Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang, or Turkestan, who came onto many people's radars for the first time after last summer's riots in Urumqi, might be a threat to the People's Republic, though I cannot imagine so tiny a minority challenging so giant a state.