Commentary

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.

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.

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.

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

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