Commentary

As China rises, it demands a deference we should be wary to give

  • Tue, 06/01/2010 - 12:00

Australian public opinion has made history. We have the distinction of becoming the first people in the world to name China as the world's leading economic power - even before the Chinese themselves.

Diplomatic triumph baffles China

  • Tue, 05/25/2010 - 12:00

It seems China never expected South Korea to find actual evidence of North Korea’s hand in the Cheonan tragedy.

Internet Restored, But the Evils of Han Chauvinism, Party-State Despotism and Bankrupt Communism Remain

  • Wed, 05/19/2010 - 12:00

On May 14, residents of East Turkestan rediscovered the Internet -- not the Internet of unfettered access that is enjoyed the world over, but a lifting of the most draconian Internet restrictions ever seen so that people could finally access China's censored version.

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.

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