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Dispatches From China's Wild West - 3: China's Oil Boom

  • Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:00

It was morning when I arrived in Korla, the capital of Xinjiang's oil boom, and the sky was dark, the sun obscured by a thick cloud of dust from the adjacent Taklamakan Desert. Many people on the street wore masks against the dust—the Chinese favored surgical-style versions, while many Uighur women wore delicate white cotton masks with lace trim.

Dispatches From China's Wild West - 4: The New Silk Road

  • Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:00

Walking into the Bian Jiang Hotel in Urumqi was a bit like stepping into a post-Soviet version of the Star Wars cantina scene. Every variety of Russian and Central Asian hustler was there: dark-skinned, mustached men in leather jackets; blond Russian women in track pants and midriff-baring T-shirts; Uzbek women with black eyes and flowing, multicolored dresses.

Dispatches From China's Wild West - 2: Ramadan in China

  • Tue, 03/04/2008 - 11:00

It was the first day of Ramadan, and although Ali, my translator, was fasting, I wasn't. He was a good sport about finding me a place to eat lunch, though. He took me to a couple of Muslim-owned restaurants, but both turned out to be closed for the holiday. I proposed Chinese food instead, but Ali refused even to consider the possibility.

Dispatches From China's Wild West - 1: China Through the Back Door

  • Mon, 03/03/2008 - 11:00

Bundled into my sleeping bag against the high-altitude chill, unable to sleep, I peered through the bus window. But there was only darkness. I was on a 24-hour bus ride through the desolate borderlands between Kyrgyzstan and China.

Factfile: China's one-child policy

  • Thu, 02/28/2008 - 11:00

China's population went out of control after Mao Zedong's instruction to the nation in the 1950s and 1960s to go and have as many children as possible in order to bury the United States in a human wave.

Opinion: Trampling on the Olympics' Wounded Ideals

  • Sun, 02/24/2008 - 11:00

The ideals on which the modern Olympics were built have been betrayed, says DW's Nick Amies. Turning a blind eye to China's human rights abuses ahead of the Beijing Games is just adding insult to injury.

Analysis: NATO keeps eye on China

  • Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:00

NATO is closely watching China's military expansion, with an attitude of rising concern and wariness. Led by the United States, NATO members are starting to view China as a possible emerging common adversary.

Release "Olympic prisoners" and free Chinese media, Olympic Watch requests

  • Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:00

With six months to go until the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Olympic Watch is calling for an end to human rights abuses in China. Specifically calling for the release of "Olympic prisoners" Hu Jia, Yang Chunlin and Ye Guozhu, it also reminds the International Olympic Committee that full media freedom must be guaranteed in China as promised in 2001.

Defense Focus: China's weapons -- Part 3

  • Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:00

The weapons that China wants from Russia -- and that Moscow won't sell Beijing -- provide a remarkable insight into the current transitional state of the Chinese arms industry.

Defense Focus: China's weapons -- Part 4

  • Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:00

The continuing weakness of China's armaments industry has profound implications for China's diplomacy, grand strategy and choice of conflicts it would be prepared to undertake for many years to come.