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Aug 29, 2009

Hu pushes slash-and-burn tactics in Xinjiang to bolster his support base before key party conclave

Aug 27, 2009

Isn’t it ironic that the more China becomes a major global player; the more it shows signs of insecurity?

Aug 27, 2009

Why is it that, as cocktail glasses clink and urbane voices clatter across the Western world, China's repressive policies in Tibet are generally regarded with outrage while the plight of Muslim Uyghurs in the restive Xinjiang region rarely rates a mention?

Aug 24, 2009

"Propaganda" is a dirty word, associated with authoritarian regimes that have no respect for human rights and is relied on by such governments to influence popular opinion.

Aug 19, 2009

For several decades, the global economic system was sustained by acceptance of American predominance. A vast tide of liquidity coupled with America's appetite for consumer goods had sent enormous amounts of dollars to China, which, in turn, China lent back to us for still more buying.

Aug 14, 2009

Boxun.com is an online news and commentary forum that sometimes carries leaks from Chinese political circles. Late last month the site carried a report from an unnamed high-level cadre who retired from the Communist Party's 17th National Congress.

Aug 7, 2009

The alleged instigator of the Uighur riots doesn’t talk like a terrorist. Demonizing her may backfire on Beijing.

Aug 5, 2009

I’ve wanted to write about Xinjiang and the aftermath of events because I lived there for several years.  Despite trying several times, I have not written anything for a month.  Many people have asked me over the past few weeks what I think really happened.   They obviously have their doubts about the official version of events.  So do I.

Aug 3, 2009

As co-chair of the House's Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, I am troubled by the premise of the July 25 news story "China, Uighur Groups Give Conflicting Riot Accounts."

Aug 3, 2009

The U.S. sat helpless several months ago when the Tamil insurgency was being mopped up in Sri Lanka - with tens of thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire.

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