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Feb 22, 2007

China is sending more troops to the mostly Muslim province of Xinjiang in the far west of the country. Concerns are rising in Beijing of ethnic unrest in the border region. Its plans for economic development there may be in trouble.

Feb 21, 2007

Abu Bakker Qassim faced an unusual situation for a man in prison: His captors, the U.S. military, had essentially declared him innocent. Then again, most of his situation seemed highly unusual. For nearly five years, since being rounded up by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, Qassim, an ethnic Uighur Muslim from the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, sat in the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Feb 20, 2007

A Chinese Canadian businessman from Mississauga has been detained – without formal charge – in Fujian, China, for four months in the midst of a business dispute with his distribution company's Hong Kong supplier.

Feb 17, 2007

The widow of an ethnic Uyghur Russian popstar who died in Moscow Jan. 19 has denied reports that her husband committed suicide, saying she suspects he may have been poisoned.

Feb 17, 2007

He is a very stubborn man, a pious imam and a proud Uighur. He's drawn the wrath of China's authorities who brand him a terrorist. Huseyin Celil is also a Canadian, jailed in an unknown prison in western China. And his case is straining relations between the two nations

Feb 13, 2007

Globalization has always been a dodgy term. As a clever neologism, it flatters our need to believe that the times we inhabit offer something truly new. Pause to think about it more clearly, though, and even a basic knowledge of geography or history turns up examples in almost every corner of the globe of the kinds of intercourse that turns global into globalization.

Feb 12, 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he will continue championing the cause of human rights in China despite warnings from a Chinese official that it could hurt Canada’s trade relations.

Feb 12, 2007

Tuva is going to turn into an archeological Mekka from this year on. A large-scale archeological expedition is going to start this summer in an ancient fortress on a Tere-Khol lake ireland, project initiator, Russian minister for Emergencies Sergei Shoigu told Tuvan journalists in an online video press-conference connecting Kyzyl and Moscow.

Feb 11, 2007

A row between Canada and China over human rights sharpened when Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned Beijing against expanding the dispute into bilateral trade.

Feb 11, 2007

The wife of a Burlington man imprisoned in China is reeling after hearing that another man, detained for similar reasons, has been executed.


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