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Feb 16, 2007

Numbers of religious believers in China are, recent surveys indicate, much greater than previously thought, and a growing percentage of these believers are also Communist Party members, Forum 18 News Service notes.

Feb 13, 2007

While China has successfully integrated its eastern port cities into the global economy, the country’s western regions have not been so fortunate. But as John Garver writes, recent rail projects linking China with Iran and Pakistan have effectively created a southwestern corridor to the sea — providing China with both economic and national security advantages.

Feb 11, 2007

As political difficulties of US President George W Bush mount, China has decided that it should have its own poke at him. In an article published in the international issue of People's Daily of February 1, Ye Xiaowen, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, was critical of Bush regarding his conduct of the "global war on terrorism".

Feb 9, 2007

Mention the name Zheng He in China and you're bound to see ordinary Chinese citizens swell with a sense of pride. The name of the most famous Chinese seafarer, who is believed to have circumnavigated the globe and almost single-handedly extended the might, power and influence of the Middle Kingdom during the Ming Dynasty, is known to almost every Chinese, adult and child alike.

Feb 7, 2007

China established close relations with Central Asia as early as 2,000 years ago, largely through their interactions along the Silk Road. While the Central Asian region became increasingly isolated during the late 19th and 20th century, the disintegration of the Soviet Union allowed Central Asia to open its doors once again to the outside world.

Feb 7, 2007

The forceful projection of China’s hard and soft power in recent months marks a stunning departure from the foreign policy axioms of late patriarch Deng Xiaoping. Deng, who anointed President Hu Jintao as the “core of the Fourth Generation leadership, noted shortly after the Tiananmen Square massacre that China must “keep a low profile and never take the lead in global affairs.

Jan 31, 2007

In the meantime, all these accomplishments rest on the shaky foundation of exploitation of the millions deprived of elementary social rights. The existing treats to China's security, both internal and external ones, make its road to global leadership all the more difficult.

Jan 29, 2007

I am appalled at almost every point of analysis in Martin Wayne's article "Beijing inflicts a defeat on al-Qaeda" (January 25). For a start, readers should be informed that when Dr Wayne discusses instances of Uygurs' political or religious violence, his frequent reliance upon the proviso "reportedly" is a reference to official Chinese reports only.

Jan 29, 2007

The economy beckons, but its business climate makes China a killing field for Canadian firms

Jan 23, 2007

The Bush administration is sounding a muted alarm over China's destruction, by means of an adapted ballistic missile, of an old weather satellite 530 miles up in space. We'd be better off treating the Jan. 11 test as a rare and useful gift. Wittingly or not, the Chinese have put paid to four decades of wishful thinking about the militarization of space -- and what America should do about it.


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