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Sep 22, 2006

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a major vehicle for a Chinese-Russian strategic cooperation, is exerting increasing pressure on US strategic interests in Central Asia. Robust engagement with the SCO by the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would offer Washington the best way of containing the group’s rising influence.

Sep 17, 2006

International Religious Freedom Report 2006, Released by State Department, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Sep 17, 2006

Col. Mike Bumgarner took over as the warden of Guantánamo Bay in April 2005. He had been hoping to be sent to Iraq; among senior officers of the Army’s military police corps, the job of commanding guards at the American detention camp in Cuba was considered not particularly challenging and somewhat risky to a career.

Sep 14, 2006

"China can't dominate Asia; there are too many governments in Asia." This comment by a senior Chinese official during a recent interview in Beijing reflects realities of power that make Chinese leadership in Asia unlikely under foreseeable circumstances.

Sep 7, 2006

In 1996, five countries—China, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan—formed an organiza­tion, the Shanghai Five, to resolve border disputes among its members. With the addition of Uzbekistan in 2001, it became the Shanghai Cooperation Organi­zation (SCO), a grouping of Russia, China, and a number of under-developed and developing nations with little to bind them together save geography.

Sep 6, 2006

I would like to make several points in response to the article "Terrorist Bombings Averted in Xinjiang," published on Sept. 4. While I am grateful to Mr. Schaefer for acknowledging that the majority of Uyghurs are peaceful, he has gotten many of his facts wrong.

Sep 5, 2006

The muezzin sounds the evening call to prayer. White skullcaps glint in the fading brightness of the setting sun as the faithful make their way into the mosque. The shush of whispered "salam alaikums" fills the hall. Outside, the mosque's minarets stretch up into the sky; a single crescent moon decorates the top of the green dome.

Sep 5, 2006

A rather strange piece of news appeared recently in the press: a German Google Earth user spotted a military base in China’s Northern plains......

Sep 1, 2006

China There are no boundary markers at the edge of this town to signal to travelers that they are entering a different world, but the feeling could not be more distinct even if there were.

Aug 31, 2006

 On behalf of thousands of peasants from his native village, Ma Wenlin, a self-taught lawyer in northern China, sued the local government in 1997 to recover taxes that had been illegally assessed.

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