Commentary

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.

The morality of trade with China

  • Thu, 10/14/2010 - 12:00

Before heading off to recess, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing imposing tariffs on Chinese goods unless China stops manipulating its currency.

Coping with China's 'core interests'

  • Thu, 10/14/2010 - 12:00

“There are no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests” – is an oft-quoted saying. In fact, national or permanent interest has formed part of the political and diplomatic vocabulary for centuries.

Beijing playing its Kashmir card

  • Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:00

Even as the Chinese navy signals its intent to enforce sea denial in the "first island chain" in the East (comprised of the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the South China Sea of the Pacific Ocean), the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is reportedly on the move along China's southwest frontier in Pakistani-held Kashmir.

A New Asian Security Constellation

  • Mon, 10/04/2010 - 12:00

Leading members of the governments of India and South Korea recently met to begin a new “strategic partnership.” They are not alone in doing so, for across Asia, a new security architecture is being constructed, seemingly piecemeal.

For Both Nations, Depending on a Rival

  • Thu, 09/30/2010 - 12:00

The leaders of the U.S. and China know that each country's economy depends enormously on the other. China is hugely dependent on selling goods to the U.S. to keep its vast army of workers employed. The U.S. is hugely dependent on China continuing to lend the U.S. government billions of dollars a day.

China's Aggressive New Diplomacy

  • Thu, 09/30/2010 - 12:00

Beijing drives its neighbors into the arms of the U.S.

China's Human Rights Report: Autos, Autocracy

  • Mon, 09/27/2010 - 12:00

Ask American politicians to explain "human rights" and you're likely to get the usual litany of time-worn liberal democratic abstractions: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, habeas corpus.

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