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Oct 8, 2009

China’s assertion of a ”peaceful rise” has a strong resonance with what Montesquieu had to say that wealth would reduce abuses of power. But that’s where the fairy tale ends

Oct 7, 2009

Taiwan’s position as a de facto independent state seems to be morphing very slowly toward the “one country, two systems” status of Hong Kong. The process is not irreversible but the sentiments of those of mainland origin in the governing Nationalist Party,

Oct 7, 2009

As the Chinese sayings go, a sky cannot hold two suns, nor can a mountain contain two tigers. Throughout last week’s lavish celebrations of the PRC’s 60th birthday, however, President Hu Jintao was forced to share the limelight with his predecessor, 83-year-old Jiang Zemin, who does not have even a single official position.

Oct 6, 2009

With the nation's socialist dreams falling apart, the big question is what next.

Oct 6, 2009

This past week marks the 60th anniversary of the proclamation of the People's Republic of China by Communist leader Mao Zedong.

Oct 6, 2009

ON Oct. 1, 1959, I took part in a parade for the 10th anniversary of the Communist revolution that led to the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Oct 6, 2009

I was shocked not only by the various weapons on parade during China's 60th anniversary celebration, but as well the slogans and banners in red.

Oct 6, 2009

Blaming Mao's chaotic years for the slow pace of reform is wearing thin as the vast majority of Chinese remain poor while their leaders grow more powerful

Oct 6, 2009

YOU can learn a lot about a country's political culture by the way it celebrates. In the present mood of mingled discretion and convenience that governs our interactions with China, the Western media chose to avert its eyes from the lifeless spectacle of China's official 60th birthday celebrations.

Oct 5, 2009

Language, culture and identity have always been thorny issues in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Recent developments in the educational system once again bring into the spotlight the delicate balance between China's mainstream influence and the cultural and individual identities of Uyghur minorities living in this region.

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