Commentary

Repression's paradox in China

  • Fri, 11/19/2010 - 11:00

From the authoritarian’s perspective, internal dissidents are easy to deal with – put them in jail, have them disappeared, exiled, or executed. It is not so easy to silence the prestigious Nobel committee, however, let alone the international community. Of course, that is exactly why Professor Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Insight into China's propaganda apparatus

  • Fri, 11/19/2010 - 11:00

Beijing’s vitriolic response to Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel peace prize award has highlighted the ruling Communist Party’s refusal to brook any dissent, even from advocates of peaceful, evolutionary reform. 

China Tracker - What a superpower wants

  • Thu, 11/11/2010 - 11:00

The votes are cast.  The results are in.  Republicans rode a populist tidal wave to seize control of the House.  Democrats held on to a (fragile) majority in the Senate.  So what does it all mean for U.S.-China relations?  That's the question I was asked today on BBC radio.

Analysis: Strategic tensions threaten Asia as China rises

  • Fri, 11/05/2010 - 12:00

 The Asia-Pacific region faces a period of strategic tensions that could damage economic ties as key national players adapt to an increasingly assertive China growing impatient with U.S. efforts to shore up its influence.

China and the call for 'ordinary' human rights

  • Wed, 10/27/2010 - 12:00

A quick update on the girl known as “FreshWind” – or Mu Yanxi, to use her real name – who was arrested by the Public Security Bureau in Chongqing after sending out a tweet promising to raise a banner praising this year’s Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Wen: pushing China's political boundaries?

  • Wed, 10/27/2010 - 12:00

The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese communist party, used its front page on Wednesday to denounce any move in China towards multi-party democracy.

China resists push to political reform

  • Wed, 10/27/2010 - 12:00

The Chinese Communist Party has dealt another blow to hopes that it might soon open itself to greater accountability, with an editorial in the People's Daily attacking 'pompous and empty slogans' about political reform.

Why We Gave Liu Xiaobo a Nobel

  • Sun, 10/24/2010 - 12:00

THE Chinese authorities' condemnation of the Nobel committee's selection of Liu Xiaobo, the jailed political activist, as the winner of the 2010 Peace Prize inadvertently illustrates why human rights are worth defending.

Tibetan Students Reveal China's Identity Crisis

  • Wed, 10/20/2010 - 12:00

"Language shapes the way we think and determines what we can think about." So said the late American linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf. China's Communist Party seems well ahead of the game.

China Courts Turkey

  • Mon, 10/18/2010 - 12:00

"Promotion of economic relations and a strategic partnership were projected as the main objective of the visit of Wen to Turkey, the Uighurs believed that an important purpose was to seek the support of Turkey for the pacification of Chinese-controlled Xinjiang and for the political neutralisation of the WUC.

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