June 2011

Activists feel heat of upcoming China elections

  • Fri, 06/24/2011 - 12:00

CHINESE authorities are demanding public silence from their critics, including artist Ai Weiwei, who was freed from detention this week, as the country swings into election mode over the next 15 months.

Washington 'playing with fire' in boundary dispute, Beijing says

  • Fri, 06/24/2011 - 12:00

New estimates on amount of oil and natural gas reserves in South China Sea area have helped reignite issue that had been dormant for years

Former Premier Zhu Rongji Stirs China Property Policy Debate on Price Gain

  • Fri, 06/24/2011 - 12:00

Former Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji's recent criticism of the country's property policy underscores the debate over the extent to which rising real estate prices are benefiting the country as a whole.

China Defends Engagement with Africa

  • Fri, 06/24/2011 - 12:00

Chinese officials are defending their approach to engagement with Africa, saying embargoes and sanctions against Sudan and other brutal African governments do not work.

China sentences jailed journalist to 8 more years

  • Fri, 06/24/2011 - 12:00

The lawyer for a Chinese journalist jailed after he wrote about suspected wrongdoing by local officials says the reporter has been sentenced to another eight years behind bars.

China looks to rebalance ties with India, Pakistan

  • Fri, 06/24/2011 - 12:00

China will look to strike a better balance in its relations with India and Pakistan and will focus on improving relations with its neighbours in the next Five-Year Plan period (2011-15), according to representatives of the country’s top foreign policy advisory body.

Uyghurs Face Travel Ban

  • Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:00

Two ethnic Uyghurs from Pakistan were prevented from leaving their country to attend a summit in Turkey following demands by China, one of the men said, in the latest example of Beijing’s influence over its neighboring governments.

Talk of the Day -- Is 'one China, two equal governments' viable?

  • Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:00

The Washington-based think tank the Brookings Institution published an article recently by a Chinese scholar that advocates a "one China, two equal-level governments" formula for the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to normalize and stabilize their relations for a relatively long time.

China's official Catholic church headed for new row with Vatican over appointment of bishops

  • Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:00

China’s state-controlled Catholic church says it will move swiftly to appoint new bishops in dioceses where there are none, in a step that is certain to worsen tensions with the Vatican.

Does China's use of collective punishment explain Ai Weiwei's silence?

  • Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:00

It is strange sight indeed to see Ai Weiwei – a man never short of something to say before his detention on April 3 – so uncharacteristically muzzled. He’s like a bear in a cage.

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