Commentary

Ai Weiwei arrest: Why no one in China is safe from those in power

  • Fri, 04/22/2011 - 12:00

The Chinese Communist authorities' detainment of well-known artist Ai Weiwei is shocking even to a hardened dissident like me. It once again reveals the essence of the Chinese state for all the world to see: the rule by law for the authorities instead of the rule of law for the people.

Western democracy no panacea for the world

  • Fri, 04/22/2011 - 12:00

In the eyes of some people at home and abroad, China must copy Western-style democracy with a general election system at its core. In responding to this, China should adopt a cautious attitude, following the saying "think thrice before you act."

U.S. should resettle Uighurs held at Guantanamo

  • Thu, 04/21/2011 - 12:00

The Supreme Court this week ended the quest of five exonerated Guantanamo detainees who are seeking release in the United States. The defeat for the Uighurs, members of a Muslim minority group in China, shouldn't be the end of the story. The problem is that other paths to settling them here are strewn with obstacles.

Caesar in Beijing

  • Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:00

The Communist Party picks a fight with Christian churches.

Why China Fears Ai Weiwei

  • Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:00

Unlike most Chinese artists, entrepreneurs who pay little attention to politics, Ai Weiwei decided to challenge the Communist Party, says columnist Wenran Jiang

China's sunflower revolutionary

  • Fri, 04/15/2011 - 12:00

The grim news that Ai Weiwei, perhaps China's most famous contemporary artist, has been arrested and jailed -- his family and friends have not seen or heard from him since April 3 -- makes me think anew about Ai's 100 million hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds, now being exhibited at London's Tate Modern Gallery.

How Facebook can Fail in China in 5 Easy Steps (if They Copy MySpace)

  • Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:00

Many foreign companies have had disastrous forays into China.  Dreams of billions of yuan from hundreds of millions of Chinese buying their products and services fizzle.  These companies wake up to a reality of huge losses and major organizational distractions.

3 reasons for Beijing's current campaign against dissent

  • Tue, 04/12/2011 - 12:00

With the arrest of one of China's most famous artists, Ai Weiwei, in early April, China's crackdown on domestic dissidents' movement has reached a new high.

Has the Communist Party Abandoned Reform?

  • Tue, 04/12/2011 - 12:00

On the surface, it certainly seems like China's Communist Party bosses have given up on reform. Nearly everywhere one looks here, the leadership in Beijing hammers away with hard-line politics, rebuffing even the half-chance of a challenge.

Analysis: Fear and swagger drive China's clampdown on dissent

  • Fri, 04/08/2011 - 12:00

China has shifted its clampdown on dissent up a gear with the detention of a world-renowned artist, Ai Weiwei, revealing a government at once insecure about its grip on power and yet unruffled by Western criticism of its heavy-handed rule.

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