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Mar 14, 2008

Violent protests erupted Friday in a busy market area of Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, as Buddhist monks and other ethnic Tibetans clashed with Chinese security forces. The protesters burned shops, cars, military vehicles and at least one tourist bus, according to witnesses.

Mar 13, 2008

China has spent millions of dollars over seven years on its security preparations for this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Mar 13, 2008

It has been a week in which the Chinese authorities have used the banner of terrorism ahead of the Beijing Olympics as a means of suppressing the rights of minorities such as the Uyghurs of East Turkestan. In response, Members of the European Parliament have taken the opportunity to express their solidarity and support for the ongoing work of Rebiya Kadeer, a campaigner at the forefront of attempts to win the freedoms supposedly guaranteed by China's constitution.

Mar 13, 2008

The official slogan of this summer's Beijing Olympics may be "One World, One Dream," but Beijing's real mantra has been something more prosaic, and in the end, much more problematic: no politics.

Mar 13, 2008

China's foreign minister Wednesday rejected criticism of its human rights record, accusing the United States of "clinging to a Cold War mentality" and "practicing double standards."

Mar 12, 2008

China's foreign minister has dismissed critics who want to put the country's rights record under the microscope ahead of this summer's Olympic Games. 

Mar 11, 2008

Since Chinese authorities arrested two airline passengers for allegedly plotting to blow up a domestic flight, some analysts and activists are casting doubt on the state's claim that it had thwarted a pre-Olympics terrorist plot.

Mar 10, 2008

For as long as anyone can remember, Bator and his ancestors were horse-riding herdsmen, free to roam the vast grasslands of Inner Mongolia with their animals.

Mar 10, 2008

Chinese authorities have revealed two alleged terrorist plots, including one targeting the Beijing Olympics, sparking new fears that militants could be escalating their activities in the lead-up to the Games.

Mar 10, 2008

China today began to retreat from a claim that a Muslim nationalist terror cell had been plotting attacks on this summer's Beijing Olympics. The claim was made on Sunday by the Communist Party secretary of the Xinjiang autonomous region of western China, which has a substantial population of Muslim ethnic minority groups.

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