Commentary

China suppresses free speech by foreigners, too

  • Mon, 05/17/2010 - 12:00

It was supposed to be my first visit to China in four and a half years. However, when I arrived in Beijing airport on Feb. 27, I was refused entry. Two hours later, I had to board the same plane that brought me there to return to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

Thunder in Oslo

  • Tue, 05/04/2010 - 12:00

Who owns human rights? For generations, the answer was the left -- the anti-fascist left that fought Franco and formed the core of the Free French, and took to the streets to defend the working man against capitalist exploitation.

What Does China Have to Do with Islam and Democracy?

  • Mon, 05/03/2010 - 12:00

Inside China, the Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang, or Turkestan, who came onto many people's radars for the first time after last summer's riots in Urumqi, might be a threat to the People's Republic, though I cannot imagine so tiny a minority challenging so giant a state.

The Geography of Chinese Power

  • Mon, 04/19/2010 - 12:00

China’s blessed geography is so obvious a point that it tends to get overlooked in discussions of the country’s economic dynamism and national assertiveness.

We are doing all the fighting but China will win the peace

  • Thu, 03/25/2010 - 12:00

Will Afghanistan soon be no more than a Chinese province? These questions are prompted by yesterday’s meeting in Beijing between China’s leader, Hu Jintao, and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.

Unplugged in Urumqi

  • Sun, 03/21/2010 - 12:00

For quite some time, I had been looking forward to travelling back to Xinjiang province, one of my favorite destinations in China, for a reporting trip.

Yes, Chinese have rights in theory

  • Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:00

In many ways, China's constitution is a marvellous document. It guarantees Chinese citizens a host of rights, including “freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration.” The problem is, they exist only in theory.

The 51st Anniversary of the Tibetan Struggle: What is the future?

  • Tue, 03/16/2010 - 12:00

March 10, 2010 marked the 51st Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising which had forced the Dalai Lama to move to Dharamshala and establish the Tibetan Government-in-exile.

The Exclusiveness of Being Chinese

  • Tue, 03/16/2010 - 12:00

The Characteristics of Chinese and Indian Identities and How to Obtain Them

Have we got a China junket for you

  • Wed, 03/03/2010 - 11:00

Spring break for congressional folks is just around the corner. Time for lawmakers and aides to sign up for those grueling missions in search of facts. But don't dally. For example, we hear there's only a seat or two left on an excellent 12-day trip for congressional staffers to China, leaving March 30.

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