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Jan 18, 2007

Not to discount all the dizzying growth and change, but it’s often easy to view progress in China as sloppy sublation of the most basic problems. Old issues never die. They just get old.

Jan 17, 2007

New Delhi, January 16 - The Indian and Chinese special representatives will begin the ninth round of talks to resolve the Sino-Indian border dispute on Wednesday.

Jan 17, 2007

India is in the midst of an invisible war. It is an unrecognised war. The government tinkers with terrorism in various fronts. The enemy continues to advance. Last year the enemy struck at many points.

Jan 17, 2007

In China, what promises to be a year rich in rumor has begun with a whopper: Vice President Zeng Qinghong will take over the presidency, one of three top posts currently held by Hu Jintao, the country's No 1 leader. That may be signaled when deputies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) get together in Beijing this autumn for its biggest meeting since 2002.

Jan 16, 2007

China strongman Hu Jintao is manufacturing his own power base out of allies from Tibet, Xinjiang and Gansu

Jan 12, 2007

In March 2003, three tense Chinese officials called the three of us Americans and a Canadian teaching English at a private boarding school in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province. The three were senior administrators at the school, but in our six months working there we had never met them, nor any other administrators for that matter.

Jan 12, 2007

Human Rights Watch’s 556-page World Report 2007 contains survey information on human rights developments during 2006 in more than 75 countries. In addition to the introductory essay on the European Union, the volume contains essays on freedom of expression since 9/11, the plight of migrant domestic workers, and a human rights agenda for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

Jan 10, 2007

Chinese state media reported Jan. 9 on the "thousands" of people who turned out for the funeral of a Chinese police officer killed in a shootout four days earlier with suspected Uighur Islamist militants in Xinjiang. The coverage, part of a media blitz to bring attention to the destruction of an alleged terrorist base in western China, serves both domestic and international public relations purposes.

Jan 9, 2007

Prime Minister Danial Akhmetov resigned Jan. 8. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev is expected to appoint a successor to Akhmetov ahead of the Central Asian nation's Jan. 10 joint session of Parliament; he probably will pick another loyal functionary. Kazakhstan's prime minister is not an independent actor in the nation's policymaking, so the change will have a limited effect on Kazakhstan's strategy toward the outside world.

Jan 6, 2007

In late 2003, China’s new president, Hu Jintao, made a speech celebrating the late Mao Zedong. He said not a word about Mao’s disastrous mistakes. Veteran China hand Willy Lam writes in a compelling new book that this speech acted as a wake-up call to China's intelligentsia.

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