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May 1, 2007

China's massive economic development strategy, touted to benefit rural ethnic groups in its western regions, in practice excludes, marginalizes, and masks the increased repression of ethnic minority groups such as Mongols, Tibetans, and Uyghurs, according to a new report by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and Human Rights in China (HRIC).

Apr 27, 2007

China’s rearmament is increasing the danger of war in East Asia, warns the Society for Threatened Peoples (GfBV) in its human rights report "EU arms embargo must continue to protect Taiwan . In it the GfbV calls on the EU not to ignore the growing fears among China’s neighbours of the gain in military strength of the People’s Republic.

Apr 26, 2007

Today, the host of the 2008 Summer Games plans to reveal the route of the torch relay that will carry the Olympic flame into Beijing. But in what may be a prelude of things to come, four people were detained on Mount Everest yesterday for protesting a proposal to carry the flame up the world's tallest mountain, on the border with politically sensitive Tibet.

Apr 26, 2007

In its annual human rights report on China, the U.S. State Department expressed great concern over continued violations of the political, religious, and cultural rights of China’s Uighur Muslims.

Apr 23, 2007

Columbia Law School has offered a faculty appointment to an official at the State Department, Matthew Waxman. Despite credentials as a Fulbright Scholar, Yale Law School graduate, and former clerk for Justice Souter, Mr. Waxman may face opposition from faculty members at some law schools because of his former role as the Pentagon's deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, in which he oversaw and defended the detention facility for war prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Apr 19, 2007

The recent conviction of Australian kangaroo-skinner turned globetrotting jihadist David Hicks may, at least temporarily, bring an end to years of judicial power struggles that have surrounded the creation of a special war crimes tribunal here.

Apr 13, 2007

Although it rarely reaches the outside world, news from Xinjiang province in northwestern China near the border with Kazakhstan is sel-dom good and never happy. Xinjiang is part of Muslim China, and the news from Beijing is that a number of separatist rebels have been arrested and detained.

Apr 11, 2007

The nation of China evolved as an idea not more than 100 years ago. Then how could Tibet have always existed as a part of China? A conversation with the Dalai Lama in the 1980s has remained in my memory. The conversation included the future of Tibet and China.

Apr 10, 2007

Listen to the apostles of free trade, and you'll learn that once consumer choice comes to authoritarian regimes, democracy is sure to follow. Call it the Starbucks rule: Situate enough Starbucks around Shanghai, and the Communist Party's control will crumble like dunked biscotti.

Apr 5, 2007

As the atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan continue, Beijing has become the subject of much international criticism for its failure to utilize its leverage over Khartoum to halt the violence and persuade President Omar al-Bashir to permit UN peacekeepers to enter into the region.

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