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A Kazakh-Chinese gas pipeline is unveiled in 2008. China is one of the key players seeking access to Central Asia’s resources. Photo: ITAR-TASS

Central Asia: A Region of Strategic Importance to China

  • Wed, 03/12/2014 - 18:09

The five republics of Central Asia (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan) are endowed with an immense amount of natural resources and are located in the center of Eurasia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Xi Jinping, Moscow, March 22, 2013 (photo from the website of the President of the Russian Federation).

Global Insights: In Ukraine Crisis, China Chooses Russia Ties Over Principles

  • Tue, 03/11/2014 - 18:22

Russia’s military occupation and impending annexation of the Crimea in Ukraine has put Beijing in a difficult spot, confronting Chinese leaders with numerous competing priorities and principles.

 A girl looks up at patrolling paramilitary policemen with guns after a knife attack along a street near Kunming railway station, Yunnan province, March 2, 2014. China blamed militants from the restive far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday for an attack at a train station on the other side of the country by knife-wielding "terrorists" in which at least 33 died, including four of the assailants, who were shot dead. REUTERS/Wong Campion

China’s Kunming attack: When the cracks are exposed

  • Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:54

After the brutal knife massacre in a Chinese train station on Saturday, Chinese authorities have promised to go after the “terrorists” with everything they’ve got.

What I'm reading: Time to reconsider NATO expansion?

  • Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:39

“The stark fact is that even if Russian military intervention stops with the establishment of a pro-Russian vassal state in Crimea, Russia will have enormous leverage over the new government in Ukraine,” writes Edward Walker in the Los Angeles Times.

Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A doctor checking a patient who was wounded in the stabbing attack at the Kunming train station in China on Saturday.

Opposing Narratives in Piecing Together Kunming Attackers’ Motives

  • Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:04

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Chinese mourners lighting candles at the scene of the attack at the main train station in Kunming. Photographer: STR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Was Chinese train massacre 'terrorism'?

  • Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:00

The Chinese howling about how Westerners are portraying Saturday night’s horrific slaughter at the Kunming train station have a point: It’s pretty hard not to call an unprovoked attack by 10 black-clad, sword-wielding assailants on a crowd of innocent civilians -- in which 29 victims died and 143 were wounded -- anything but a terrorist attack.

Too late: Chinese police in Kunming

One country’s terrorist, another’s freedom fighter: the Chinese edition

  • Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:35

Full Comment’s Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily round-up of quality punditry from across the globe. Today: China’s response to the deaths of more than 30 people in Kunming provides a revealing glimpse into Beijing’s mindset.

Ilham Tohti

Free Ilham Tohti

  • Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:28

The most surprising thing about Ilham Tohti being charged with separatism is that it didn’t happen sooner.

Image Credit: Flickr/ US Department of State

Do US Comments on China’s Human Rights Make a Difference?

  • Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:20

US comments on human rights in China aren’t expected to change anything. Instead, they reveal the core of US-China distrust.

The Dream Team: Ilham Tohti, Uyghur; Tybetanka Oser, Tibetan; Ai Weiwei, Han. Beijing, May 19, 2013.

China: Further information: Uighur scholar at risk of death sentence: Ilham Tohti

  • Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:32

Prominent Uighur scholar, Ilham Tohti, has been formally arrested and charged with “separatism” in China.