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The Home Team - How the Chinese experienced the Olympics

  • Wed, 09/17/2008 - 12:00

The night before the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics, Wei Ziqi joined two of his neighbors on the local barricade. It consisted of a rope stretched taut across the road, and the attendants had been given wooden paddles that read “Stop!” in both Chinese and English.

For a fairer Games, cut out the silliness

  • Tue, 09/16/2008 - 12:00

NOW that the Paralympics are closing, we can concentrate on London 2012 and helping the International Olympic Committee select the host for the 2016 Olympics. If Beijing is the yardstick, the winning city should be in Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, Libya or Burma.

China is a multi-ethnic state with little multiculturalism

  • Mon, 09/08/2008 - 12:00

Clad in brightly-coloured costumes, 56 children paraded through the Bird's Nest at last month's Olympic Opening ceremonies.

Former diplomat says West has 'fantasy' view of China

  • Mon, 09/08/2008 - 12:00

Canadians have fallen for a Chinese government "charm offensive," says a former Canadian diplomat and specialist on Chinese mafia "Triad" gangs and Communist China's government-directed espionage in Canada.

A crackdown in China's wild West, its Muslim-majority chunk of Central Asia

  • Thu, 09/04/2008 - 12:00

On the roads crossing the dusty fields of cotton and maize around the oasis city of Kashgar, China’s police are on alert. Terrorists, as they call them, have been stepping up their attacks. Officers at checkpoints turn back foreigners venturing towards troublespots. Citizens entering Kashgar line up by the roadside to have their identity cards scanned.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Georgian Crisis

  • Wed, 09/03/2008 - 12:00

The Russian invasion, occupation, and dismemberment of Georgia represent the greatest challenge if not crisis to confront the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Beijing's Perspectives on the Russo-Georgian Conflict: Dilemma and Choices

  • Wed, 09/03/2008 - 12:00

Beijing’s reaction to the Russo-Georgian fiasco has remained muted since Russian tanks rumbled into Georgia on August 8, leading to the most serious standoff between the West and Russia in the post-Cold War era.

Beijing's Post Olympic Shakedown in Xinjiang and Tibet

  • Wed, 09/03/2008 - 12:00

While the catchwords and slogans of the just-ended Beijing Olympics trumpeted “harmony” and “One World, One Dream,” the traditionally tense relations between Han Chinese and ethnic minorities – particularly Uyghurs and Tibetans – could worsen significantly in the foreseeable future.

Beijing tightens noose around Uighurs ahead of Games

  • Wed, 08/27/2008 - 12:00

Exile groups say hundreds of Uighurs have been detained and thousands of paramilitary forces deployed to the Xinjiang region in response to what local officials have said are terrorist threats from extremist Uighurs who want to form an independent state.

Human rights and Beijing's Olympic hustle

  • Tue, 08/26/2008 - 12:00

Those were some swell Olympics in Beijing. There was much exciting sport. Records were broken, many records. The opening ceremony was about as spectacular an event as you are likely ever to see. China got every bit of the public relations boost that it spent $40 billion for.