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Sep 10, 2009

Translation of a blog post by Hong Kong blogger “Those Were the Days” entitled “In Serious Protest Against the CCP Government’s Shameless Smearing of Hong Kong Journalists, Accusing Them of Inciting Public Disorder”

Sep 10, 2009

The recent remarks of the outgoing Indian Navy Chief, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, where he ascribed China's economic and military prowess as beyond India's reach,  is misplaced and exaggerated given China's present and evolving tangible and intangible assets.

Sep 10, 2009

G8/G7 summits held in Italy are prone to accidents despite the relatively low interest of international society: Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira died shortly before the 1980 Venice Summit, prompting Japan to send an acting prime minister, and the 1994 Naples Summit was held just after the death of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. This year's summit in L'Aquila in central Italy was also plagued by an accident - riots in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

Sep 9, 2009

Healing Urumqi may require more political change than Beijing can muster.

Sep 8, 2009

For the past two decades, China\'s communist mandarins have sought the use of nationalism to offset their dubious legitimacy. In turning every Chinese misstep into a foreign affront, the regime has successfully created a sense of “China Uber Alles,” to borrow a phrase from a long-departed regime.

Sep 4, 2009

In June, when four Uighur detainees at Guantánamo were released to Bermuda, the media's portrayal of their story served as both distraction and palliative: Articles in many papers were written as though the United States had rescued members of an oppressed minority in China and delivered them to a tropical paradise.

Sep 1, 2009

For many years, the plight of the ethnic minorities of East Turkistan (Xinjiang), the largest group being the Uyghurs, was almost entirely eclipsed by that of Tibet and its people, and it seems that it’s only because of recent violence and the Chinese regime’s propagandised threat of terrorism that they’ve managed to pass the threshold of media attention and popular awareness at all. Consequently, if we were to have asked people about Xinjiang several years ago, most would have had very little or nothing to say about it, unless they had a special interest.

Aug 31, 2009

Other nations will not hesitate to step into the vacuum if the U.S. fails to act.

Aug 31, 2009

A documentary to be screened tomorrow on Maori Television has already enjoyed more attention than it probably deserves. Called 10 Conditions of Love, it is concerned with a movement for autonomy and religious freedom for the Muslim Uighur people of Xinjiang, a remote Central Asian desert ruled by China. It is not a subject that would have been particularly arresting were it not for the fact that the Chinese Embassy in Wellington asked Maori Television not to screen it.

Aug 31, 2009

THE violent unrest by the minority Uighur population in China’s Xinjiang province has dwindled down. Yet it would be erroneous to conclude that the Chinese leadership has effectively doused the fire begun by the most serious challenge ever mounted by its second-largest ethnic group against Han political control.

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