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From Tiananmen to the Sichuan Quake: A Profile of Wen Jiabao

  • Fri, 06/06/2008 - 12:00

The well-coordinated, massive relief and propaganda efforts organized by the central government are called by some international observers the most pronounced phenomenon emerging from China's recent natural devastations

When the East sees red, Russian gas goes west

  • Fri, 06/06/2008 - 12:00

China is the driver of global commodity flows, as well as prices. But the Central Kingdom has been slow to understand that it is the horse which pulls the cart; the whip hand belongs to the coachman.

Why China's next earthquake might be political

  • Wed, 06/04/2008 - 12:00

Whether it has been those of nature, man-made political disasters, or a combination of both, no other civilized society has suffered more down through the centuries than the ancient Chinese polity.

Terrorism and the Olympics

  • Thu, 05/29/2008 - 12:00

The reports of terror plots emanating this year from this Muslim region in the far west of China might seem fanciful: A foiled plot to blow up a plane; a cache of TNT to bomb the Summer Olympics; even a “violent terrorist gang” that planned to kidnap Olympic athletes.

Mani and Manichaeism in Sassanid Iran

  • Wed, 05/28/2008 - 12:00

Manichaeism, presumably an offshoot of Zoroastrianism, was not only an inspiration for various heretical movements in Christianity but also dominated the religious life of Central and Eastern Asia for centuries.

While India sleeps, Chinese threat grows

  • Tue, 05/27/2008 - 12:00

New Delhi's portrayal of the humiliating defeat at the hands of Chinese in 1962 as 'betrayal' and 'surprise' is untrue. The pacifist Indian leadership that was crying hoarse from rooftops for friendship at any cost remained blind to Communist China's repeated claims on Tibet and large part of Indian territories.

For Talks to Succeed, China Must Admit to a Tibet Problem

  • Fri, 05/23/2008 - 12:00

China’s hard-line policy towards Tibet creates more problems than it solves. Beijing’s recent crackdown on Tibetan protesters has attracted condemnation from around the world, but did nothing to address the underlying problems in Tibet itself.

China's glasnost

  • Thu, 05/22/2008 - 12:00

In the aftermath of the great Sichuan earthquake, we've seen a hopeful glimpse of China's future: a more open and self-confident nation, and maybe - just maybe - the birth of grass-roots politics here.

Jamie F Metzl: China`s Perfect Storm

  • Thu, 05/22/2008 - 12:00

A perfect storm is brewing that could threaten China's relations with the world. Although some China bashers in the West and nationalists in China may be rejoicing, the potential deterioration of China's international relations serves nobody's interest and threatens to undermine global peace and security.

No more appeasement, West must push China to democracy

  • Mon, 05/19/2008 - 12:00

The West made a strategic error in adopting different approaches to the Soviet Union and communist China. Ronald Reagan identified the Soviet Union as an evil empire and accelerated the arms race with the Star Wars program, thus bogging down the Soviet Union's fragile economy, which led to its eventual defeat. At that time, China was still played as the "China card" to reinforce US strength against the "evil empire".