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May 17, 2007

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is undergoing its worst crisis of confidence since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 18 years ago. While President and CCP General Secretary Hu Jintao is currently preoccupied with the means by which to consolidate the power of his faction at the upcoming 17th Party Congress, a loss of faith in the party as well as a dramatic decline in probity and old-style "combat-readiness" has hit the nation's 71 million party members.

May 17, 2007

Within the current Sino-Central Asian rapprochement, the issue over water rights and management has become an important factor in regional cooperation, but also a source of increasing contention. Kazakhstan and China share some 20 transboundary rivers.

May 17, 2007

The role of Xinjiang and Tibet as both suppliers and conduits of resources necessary for China’s continued economic growth has resulted in a reevaluation of both regions’ importance. Xinjiang, with its domestic oil fields in the Tarin Basin and its role as a hub for oil and gas pipelines arriving from Central Asia, has become China’s main source of non-seaborne petroleum

May 15, 2007

The portrait of Mao Zedong overlooking Tiananmen Square was replaced May 13, a day after a 35-year-old migrant from Xinjiang threw a flaming object at the iconic portrait. The incident raises numerous issues regarding security and public relations for China ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

May 10, 2007

As China adopts the facade of a modern, legal state, it remains tethered to the omnipresent Chinese Communist Party – cruel, corrupt, and fully in control

May 9, 2007

Barry F. Lowenkron, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Written Submission for the Record to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight

May 8, 2007

China has explicitly vowed to take measures to control incidents of social unrest and crime in the run-up to the 17th Communist Party Congress in the fall and the Summer 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

May 7, 2007

A year ago, the EU called for the closure of Guantanamo Bay. On July 1, Portugal takes over the EU’s rotating presidency and, together with its EU partners, Lisbon must insist the United States either prosecute, in accordance with internationally recognised due process standards, or release the remaining 385 detainees.

May 4, 2007

Over the past few years, first China and then India quietly celebrated the success of their efforts to improve the socio-political environment of their restive Islamic regions, namely Xinjiang and Kashmir. Neither country can feel proud about the record of human rights on this count, but it is possible that credit for the success will be assigned to the wrong sources.

May 4, 2007

Spring has not proved to be a hopeful season in the politics of China's past, but that could be changing. These days, there is democracy as well as pollen in the air. All this seems to pave the way for the introduction of a more democratic election system in the all-important 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) this autumn.

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