Commentary

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.

Trouble brewing in the 'hood

  • Mon, 08/02/2010 - 12:00

The balance of power in Asia is expected to change significantly in the next few decades, as China increases its military capabilities. Last year's Defence white paper made it clear the Australian government is worried China and the US might end up in an "escalating strategic competition" laden with potential for "miscalculation".

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.

The U.S. Stands Up to China's Bullying

  • Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:00

Secretary of State Clinton and Defense Secretary Gates have put Beijing on notice that we will counter any regional expansionism.

Fear of separatism likely to limit recognition

  • Fri, 07/23/2010 - 12:00

Domestic factors mean those who do not recognise Kosovo are unlikely to change their minds, writes DANIEL McLAUGHLIN

Xinjiang Enticements

  • Thu, 07/22/2010 - 12:00

The Chinese central government has been using a heavy duty carrot and stick approach to the resource rich, predominantly Muslim Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Taiwan is following the path of Xinjiang

  • Thu, 07/22/2010 - 12:00

I ran into World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer by the elevator on my way to attend a hearing on July 19 of the US Congressional Executive Commission on China on conditions in Xinjiang a year after the riots in July last year.

Ma is blind to roots of terror in Taiwan

  • Mon, 07/19/2010 - 12:00

President and ruling rightist Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou displayed Thursday a dangerous blindness to the historical roots of the "White Terror" inflicted by the KMT on Taiwan during the nearly four decades of martial law rule that threatens to pave the way for a future tragedy.

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