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Peace-Mission 2009: A Military Scenario Beyond Central Asia

  • Thu, 08/20/2009 - 12:00

Most analyses of the Sino-Russian strategic partnership focus either on Russian arms sales to China or on the joint military exercises conducted by Moscow and Beijing under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which limits the scope of the analytical framework to a consideration of Central Asian scenarios.

Mending Chinese fences

  • Thu, 08/20/2009 - 12:00

Australia's relationship with China will survive its recent turbulence - with some nurturing.

China's war games unnerve neighbors

  • Tue, 08/18/2009 - 12:00

 War games launched last week by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have alarmed China's neighbors and raised further questions about Beijing's military intentions. The games, dubbed "Stride-2009", are scheduled to stretch over the next two months.

The Tale of Eight Thousand Hunan Maidens Going Up Tian Mountain

  • Tue, 08/18/2009 - 12:00

Born and raised in Xinjiang, Huang Zhangjin (黄章晋) has worked as a journalist for several media organizations and is also a longtime blogger. Huang was also an editor of online forum, Uighur Online. The following post “Please Tell Them, Yahximusiz” was published on his Sohu blog on December 31, 2005, but has also recently been recirculated in the Chinese blogsphere following the violence in Urumqi on July 5.

Speaking out for the Uighurs - Breathing fire

  • Fri, 08/14/2009 - 12:00

TENSE days followed last month’s ethnic violence in Urumqi, the capital of China’s western region of Xinjiang. Your reviewer had to dodge blockades and angry crowds of Han Chinese protesters to reach the neighbourhood in the south of the city where the Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighurs live.

Uyghur Diaspora Faces Government Pressure in Kyrgyzstan

  • Thu, 08/13/2009 - 12:00

On August 10, Kyrgyz authorities detained Dilmurat Akbarov, the leader of the Ittipak Uyghur society, and his deputy Jamaldin Nasyrov. These leaders had organized demonstrations calling for an independent investigation into last month's riots in Xinjiang.

Xinjiang China's Palestine?

  • Thu, 08/13/2009 - 12:00

"If China continues its policies in Xinjiang, it will bring closer and closer a racial war like that between Israel and the Palestinians, a war with no resolution and no end."

China basks in post-Olympic glow

  • Wed, 08/12/2009 - 12:00

A year ago this week, China was on its way to staging the most spectacular Summer Olympic Games in history, while piling up more gold medals, 51, than any other country. The rest of the world looked on in awe and envy as Beijing turned cynical predictions of Olympic embarrassment and disaster into a stunning international coming-out party.

Uighurs must fight for rights within China

  • Wed, 08/12/2009 - 12:00

It may turn out to be seven days that shook the world, or at least seven days that shook Chinese politics, perhaps permanently.

Our night with Rebiya Kadeer

  • Mon, 08/10/2009 - 12:00

Our event last night at Cinema Nova with Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer didn't get the attention that her forthcoming apperance at the premiere of the documentary about the Uighur leader The 10 Conditions of Love at MIFF has received this week, nor was our website hacked by Chinese nationalists but it was still a very strange week at Readings.