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Sep 28, 2009

Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou was elected last year largely to improve the island's economy through closer links with China. His government is misinterpreting that mandate to include closer ties with China's authoritarian politics, too.

Sep 25, 2009

When the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China is celebrated early next month, it will be an apt occasion for reflection on its six decades of rule.

Sep 25, 2009

As Beijing ramps up for next week's celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, the Communist Party leadership is keen to present a stable, united front to the outside world.

Sep 25, 2009

Has a crack just appeared in China's mighty Communist Party?

Sep 24, 2009

The Kaohsiung City Government’s decision to bring forward the screening of a documentary on exiled Uighur Muslim activist Rebiya Kadeer — amid complaints by the tourism sector that Chinese tour groups were canceling hotel reservations — was not well-received in some quarters.

Sep 23, 2009

In preparation for October 1, when grand celebrations will be held in the Middle Kingdom to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the government has released a set of 50 slogans to get people into the right mood.

Sep 22, 2009
 The Chinese government has been trying to play Big Brother to its 1.3 billion citizens ever since the creation of the internet. In 2006, the Golden Shield Project (aka The Great Firewall of China) was completed and came under scrutiny as the world turned its eyes to China for the 2008 Olympics.
Sep 22, 2009

Last month Chinese hackers attacked the Web site of the Melbourne International Film Festival, retaliating against the organizers for screening a documentary about exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, a film that Australian director Jeff Daniels worked on for seven years.

Sep 22, 2009

Successful negotiations frequently involve concessions on the part of negotiators. If common ground is to be found between parties with conflicting goals, give and take is unavoidable.

Sep 21, 2009

China watchers were disappointed when Vice President Xi Jinping was not given an expected nod as the country's next president at last week's annual meeting of the Communist Party's Central Committee.

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