Commentary

China threat: Now you see it, now you don't

  • Wed, 08/18/2010 - 12:00

It's that time of year again; the time when the Pentagon rolls out its annual threat assessment on China. The Pentagon has been issuing these reports since 2000, pursuant to US law.

Taiwan Fails to Learn From Its Own History

  • Tue, 08/17/2010 - 12:00

The leader of China's ethnic Uyghur minority, Rebiya Kadeer, was recently banned from entering Taiwan for three years. Kadeer, a human rights advocate and spokesperson for millions of China's repressed Uyghurs, had been invited by a Taiwanese arts organization to attend screenings of The 10 Conditions of Love, a documentary about her life story.

Citizen Rights and Police Conduct

  • Mon, 08/16/2010 - 12:00

A recent incident in central China dramatizes the severe contradiction between the government’s overriding concern for maintaining social stability and the anger of increasingly rights-conscious citizens.

Is mercy coming to China?

  • Mon, 08/16/2010 - 12:00

In a surprising response to public protests, the Chinese government recently prohibited police from publicly shaming criminal suspects through such devices as parades, used most controversially for parades of prostitutes.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

  • Tue, 08/10/2010 - 12:00

Chinese leaders are increasingly worried about another revolution. The signs are ominous, for the Chinese are avid students of their own history, and how it constantly repeats itself.

If Tibetans Took To The Streets For The Tibetan Language

  • Tue, 08/10/2010 - 12:00

We “ethnic minorities” took notice of thousands of Cantonese people recently taking to the streets fighting for their language, a spectacle that ended peacefully.

Faith against odds

  • Mon, 08/09/2010 - 12:00

China's 20 million Muslims face an uncertain future. In Ningxia, Islam has thrived for centuries, but a fading interest in the next generation of Hui Muslims is creating anxieties. For the Uighurs of Xinjiang, ethnic unrest has brought local mosques unwanted attention.

Uighur Writers Silenced

  • Thu, 08/05/2010 - 12:00

The Chinese government has used unrest as an excuse to intensify its forced assimilation policies.

China's unstable stability

  • Wed, 08/04/2010 - 12:00

The Beijing leadership's obsession with order and control in face of citizens' search for justice highlights the dysfunctional nature of China's political system, says Li Datong.

China's financial clout is a paper tiger

  • Mon, 08/02/2010 - 12:00

China’s rapid emergence as a financial super power may challenge the US less than some opponents of President Barack Obama and a few independent analysts would have us believe. In fact, Beijing’s financial ascendancy is a paper tiger and its wider economy could become a responsible friend.

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