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Nov 10, 2009

As President Obama prepares for his first personal and presidential visit to the People’s Republic of China, expectations are high concerning the U.S.-China relationship.

Oct 28, 2009

From “Ulysses” to “Lolita,” “banned in Boston” to “the Streisand effect,” there is plenty of evidence that trying to suppress something is a sure way to get people to pay attention to it.

Oct 26, 2009

Trade offers bundled with support for authoritarian rulers, arms sales and debt waivers

Oct 26, 2009

In the year and a half since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in Taipei, the world has witnessed an unprecedented rapprochement between China and Taiwan.

Oct 22, 2009

When the Melbourne International Film Festival refused Chinese demands to drop documentary The 10 Conditions Of Love from this year's line-up, international controversy ensued. Adam Benzine reports.

Oct 22, 2009

China's authoritarian regime often resorts to extrajudicial means to silence critics. A recent report on the July ethnic riots in Xinjiang shows just how far the authorities are willing to go in the rush for a "harmonious society."

Oct 18, 2009

Burnt-out shells of buses. Shattered store windows. Blood on the streets. This was the scene this July in Urumqi, China.

Oct 16, 2009

Few opportunities exist for Uighurs to assimilate into greater China

Oct 13, 2009

After much highly publicised debate between members of the Law School and the University of Auckland over whether controversial Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer would be allowed to speak, a lecture theatre was finally secured thanks to the efforts of David Williams and Green MP Keith Locke.

Oct 13, 2009

The first time the Dalai Lama wanted to visit after President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) took office, the Tibetan spiritual leader was turned down because it was not an “appropriate time for him to visit.”

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