February 2013

Foreign, domestic policy blur for Beijing

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 20:23

The annual National People's Congress sessions that always start around the the beginning of March usually checks and approves the government’s work.

Will Xi Jingping Be the Reformer China Needs?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 20:01

During the Cultural Revolution, the future paramount leader of China spent seven years in Shaanxi Province, then a remote, poverty-stricken area in the northwest.

Former Guantanamo Bay Detainee Resettled to Turkey

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 22:45

One of six Chinese nationals held by the U.S. at its Guantanamo Bay prison and released to Palau in 2009 has resettled in Turkey, the tiny island republic's former president confirmed Wednesday.

Central Asia: Report Looks at China’s Role in Central Asia

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 22:44

China may have been able to carve out quickly a large economic role for itself in Central Asia, but it will take a lot more than money for Beijing to solve some of its geopolitical dilemmas in the region, according to a report released today by the Brussels-based think tank International Crisis Group.

Open letter to NPC on human rights

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 22:43

In an open letter circulating on Chinese social media today, a group of more than 100 prominent individuals call on China’s government to immediately ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, or ICCPR.


Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:12


Uyghur Scholar Faces Heart Problems After Grilling

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 20:05

He says Chinese police are not giving him time to see a doctor despite his health troubles.

In Cyberspace, New Cold War

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 20:21

When the Obama administration circulated to the nation’s Internet providers last week a lengthy confidential list of computer addresses linked to a hacking group that has stolen terabytes of data from American corporations, it left out one crucial fact

No Exit: China Uses Passports as Political Cudgel

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 20:09

Flush with cash and eager to see the world, millions of middle-class Chinese spent the 10-day Lunar New Year holiday that ended on Monday in places like Paris, Bangkok and New York. Last year, Chinese made a record 83 million trips abroad, 20 percent more than in 2011 and a fivefold increase from a decade earlier.

What China’s hackers get wrong about Washington

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 20:01

“Start asking security experts which powerful Washington institutions have been penetrated by Chinese cyberspies,” report my colleagues Craig Timberg and Ellen Nakashima, “and this is the usual answer: almost all of them.”