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Jun 14, 2007

Only eighteen months ago, China’s relations with Canada seemed to be at their best in history. President Hu Jintao had visited Prime Minister Paul Martin in Ottawa, declaring that a bilateral strategic partnership was established and the two countries would cooperate in a range of areas from energy security to environment to trade and investment.

Jun 14, 2007

Although it is easy to forget in the strange first decade of the 21st century, warning against the unintended consequences of rash government action was once a favorite theme of conservatives. Prudence was what traditional conservatives counseled.

Jun 13, 2007

For those facing time on China's death row, it must have come as a rare piece of good news: late last week, the Chinese government said it has reduced the number of prisoners it will execute this year.

May 31, 2007

The Chinese government is backtracking on new rules that allow much greater freedom to foreign journalists, and is continuing to deny comparable freedoms to Chinese journalists, Human Rights Watch said today.

May 30, 2007

Nothing compares to a mother's pain when her children are suffering. The anguish is even greater when the suffering is designed as an act of retaliation by a vindictive government determined to punish those who speak out against its egregious human-rights violations.

May 29, 2007

CHINA'S secret plan to bring down capitalism, especially in America, has become a little less secret in the past week or so. One clue came with a brave piece of whistle-blowing; a second when China started deploying its huge arsenal of capital. Congress was right to worry, after all. Those cunning commies in Beijing have studied capitalism and found its Achilles' heel: corporate governance.

May 21, 2007

Because of endless reports on conflicts, trafficking, corruption, terrorism and extreme poverty, Central Asia's image is largely negative. When Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to US president Jimmy Carter, spoke about the "Eurasian Balkans" in his book The Grand Chessboard to describe Central Asia, he was contributing to a pejorative stereotype that does not reflect the complex reality, and certainly does not serve the interests of the people living between the Caspian Sea and the Gobi Desert.

May 21, 2007

Beside their obvious antiquity, why should heaps of cattle shoulder-blades and turtle shells dating from the 13th and 14th centuries B.C. be of such immense importance to today's archaeologists? The answer, as we discover in Peter Hessler's eponymously named "Oracle Bones," is that the prophecies incised onto their surfaces represent examples of East Asia's earliest writing forms.

May 21, 2007

Fidelity Investments has sold off more than 90 percent of its holdings in Chinese state-owned oil giant PetroChina, Fidelity announced May 16. Although the company declined to explain the sale, it almost certainly is related to pressure from human rights and religious activists.

May 20, 2007

For years, U.S. inspection records show, China has flooded the United States with foods unfit for human consumption. And for years, FDA inspectors have simply returned to Chinese importers the small portion of those products they caught -- many of which turned up at U.S. borders again, making a second or third attempt at entry.


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