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Quick change in China

  • Thu, 08/17/2006 - 12:00

I'd never planned to fly in China.Flying here was for the seasoned masochist, or those with a goal of a nervous breakdown. But there I was, stuffed knees to chest, within the ridiculously scant space of a Chinese airliner.

The Semantics of Terror Ian Williams

  • Mon, 08/14/2006 - 12:00

he Nation -- What do Nelson Mandela, Michael Collins, Archbishop Makarios, Menachim Begin, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Shamir, Eamon DeValera and Jomo Kenyatta have in common? 

A symphony of civilizations

  • Mon, 08/14/2006 - 12:00

It is the studio of an artist in the 17th-century Netherlands. In the foreground there are a tapestry, an empty chair and a table. A seated painter is trying to catch the essence of his model, a demure young woman, Clio, the Greek muse of history. On the wall, as a backdrop, is a large map of the Seventeen Provinces printed in Amsterdam. The scene is quiet but inspiring.

Pakistan's port in troubled waters

  • Tue, 08/08/2006 - 12:00

The port at Gwadar is without doubt currently Pakistan's flagship infrastructure project. A source of great pride for the Pakistani government, its much anticipated inauguration as the country's energy hub has been twice delayed and it is envisaged to become operational by year's end.

Congressional letter on Kadeer children

  • Mon, 08/07/2006 - 12:00
The U.S. Congress is particularly concerned with the recent arrest of Ms. Rebiya Kadeer's three sons and the terrible treatment of her relatives in East Turkistan. The following letter has been written by Congressman Henry Hyde and Congressman Tom Lantos and signed by 72 Congressmen and Congresswomen requesting their release from Chinese President Hu Jintao.


  • Fri, 08/04/2006 - 12:00

A debate is raging within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over whether it should emulate the relatively bold structural reforms that the Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) had introduced earlier this year.


  • Fri, 08/04/2006 - 12:00

For over five decades, Pyongyang has attempted—and failed—to develop domestic sources of petroleum. Its inability to do so has forced Pyongyang to rely almost entirely upon crude oil imported from other countries.


  • Fri, 08/04/2006 - 12:00

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is thirsty for energy. From the late-1970s to the mid-1990s, it has managed to quadruple its economy and in the process of doing so, became a net petroleum importer in 1993. China’s dependency on foreign energy has only continued to grow as it now imports approximately 40 percent of its consumed oil.

Angela Merkel's Policy Toward China

  • Tue, 08/01/2006 - 12:00

The first visit of Angela Merkel as the German chancellor to China in May 2006 revealed some significant issues in Sino-German relations.

The Chinese Politburo Hits the Books

  • Wed, 07/19/2006 - 12:00

Understanding the inner workings of China’s Politburo has always been a difficult challenge for observers. Pervasive secrecy has forced scholars to rely on dubious articles in Hong Kong newspapers—usually based on anonymous, questionable sources—to speculate upon the concerns of the Chinese leadership.