Commentary

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.

Editorial: Power and prejudice

  • Fri, 04/08/2011 - 12:00

China cannot be a major global player yet expect immunity from censure

Crackdown in China

  • Thu, 04/07/2011 - 12:00

It has taken the arrest of Ai Weiwei, one of China's best-known contemporary artists and an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, for the world to take notice that Beijing is in the midst of the largest crackdown on dissent in over a decade -- one that differs ominously in scope, tactics and aims from previous campaigns.

Weekly Standard: An Inconvenient Truth About China

  • Thu, 04/07/2011 - 12:00

Did James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, utter an inconvenient truth last month when he told the Senate Armed Services Committee that China presents the greatest "mortal threat" to the United States?

China's Mideast Headache

  • Tue, 03/15/2011 - 12:00

Saudi Arabian police fired live ammunition in the air last week to disperse Shiite Muslim protesters in the kingdom's eastern province. That will sound alarm bells in China and much of Asia.

China's Gradual Revolution

  • Tue, 03/15/2011 - 12:00

ABOUT a week after Egyptian protesters forced out President Hosni Mubarak, anonymous calls demanding a similar revolution in China appeared on Web sites hosted outside of China. The unnamed activists asked people to gather every Sunday at designated spots in 13 Chinese cities.

China Welcomes Home the New U.S. Envoy

  • Wed, 03/09/2011 - 11:00

China is a country where grand gestures play well. So when U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Republican pooh-bah Jon Huntsman Jr. as the American Ambassador to China back in 2009, Beijing was pleased to welcome such an august envoy to its shores. 

When History Catches Up With Authoritarianism

  • Mon, 03/07/2011 - 11:00

The swell of people power across the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks has laid bare the human yearning for freedom from the injustices of authoritarian dictatorships.

Wake Up and Smell the Jasmine

  • Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:00

Instead of stomping out every faint sign of unrest, Beijing should get ahead of the curve and embrace real political change.

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