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Aug 22, 2007

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Hu Jintao of China, as well as the heads of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan met in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, last week.

Aug 22, 2007

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), whose six member countries just concluded a summit meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as well as a joint war game started in China's Urumqi and ended in the Urals of Russia, is gradually gaining momentum in Central Asia.

Aug 22, 2007

Located a two-hour drive from the Kazakh border, the area around the Chinese city of Yining hardly seems beset by water difficulties. The land, well watered by the Ili River and its tributaries, remains lush and green despite the brutal summer heat. Seasoned local farmers are unable to recall a time when their irrigation channels dried up.

Aug 17, 2007

In the 1970s, U.S. Senator Dick Clark said his country couldn't meddle in South African policy. "But," he added, "I think we ought to meddle in our own." The same could be said of Canada and China today.

Aug 16, 2007

The world will understandably have some questions Thursday when Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Vladimir Putin meet at Garrison Chebarkul, located in the Chelyabinsk region near the Ural mountains, to review troops from both their countries, as well as four Central Asian states. The event will commemorate the end of maneuvers called Peace Mission 2007, and it raises some important questions. Does this exercise signal a stepping up of already substantial military cooperation between Moscow and Beijing? And if it does, cooperation against what or whom?

Aug 16, 2007

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization missed a key opportunity to implement the organization's human rights principles when they met on August 16 at the SCO summit in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, Human Rights Watch said today. Moreover, the Kyrgyz government adopted security measures that restricted human rights as it prepared to host the annual summit.

Aug 15, 2007

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has launched its largest military exercises to date in Russia's Chelyabinsk region and East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region of China).

Aug 14, 2007

Chinese President Hu Jintao goes to Central Asia on Tuesday for a summit and war games officially focused on fighting terrorism, but which Beijing hopes will also boost its presence in an energy-rich region.

Aug 14, 2007

In October 2005, China celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and in this the third issue of China Heritage Newsletter we examine aspects of the cultural heritage of Xinjiang, a region that covers 1.66 million square kilometers in China's far north-west, or roughly one sixth of the country.

Aug 14, 2007

In July 2007, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (S.C.O.) -- consisting of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan -- founded a so-called "Energy Club" to coordinate energy strategies. On August 16, the heads of state will hold their annual summit, this time in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. After the summit, they will travel to Chebarkul, a city in Russia's Urals, to attend the closure of the S.C.O. military exercises.

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