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  • Fri, 02/16/2007 - 11:00

On Wednesday, February 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Chinese and Indian counterparts Li Zhaoxing and Natwar Singh in New Delhi, where the three countries pledged to contribute to global peace, security, and stability.

CHINA: "Religious Communists" and religious freedom

  • Fri, 02/16/2007 - 11:00

Numbers of religious believers in China are, recent surveys indicate, much greater than previously thought, and a growing percentage of these believers are also Communist Party members, Forum 18 News Service notes.

China and Iran: A New Route

  • Tue, 02/13/2007 - 11:00

While China has successfully integrated its eastern port cities into the global economy, the country’s western regions have not been so fortunate. But as John Garver writes, recent rail projects linking China with Iran and Pakistan have effectively created a southwestern corridor to the sea — providing China with both economic and national security advantages.

Islam as a political issue in China

  • Sun, 02/11/2007 - 11:00

As political difficulties of US President George W Bush mount, China has decided that it should have its own poke at him. In an article published in the international issue of People's Daily of February 1, Ye Xiaowen, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, was critical of Bush regarding his conduct of the "global war on terrorism".

A dangerous continental drift

  • Fri, 02/09/2007 - 11:00

Mention the name Zheng He in China and you're bound to see ordinary Chinese citizens swell with a sense of pride. The name of the most famous Chinese seafarer, who is believed to have circumnavigated the globe and almost single-handedly extended the might, power and influence of the Middle Kingdom during the Ming Dynasty, is known to almost every Chinese, adult and child alike.


  • Wed, 02/07/2007 - 11:00

China established close relations with Central Asia as early as 2,000 years ago, largely through their interactions along the Silk Road. While the Central Asian region became increasingly isolated during the late 19th and 20th century, the disintegration of the Soviet Union allowed Central Asia to open its doors once again to the outside world.


  • Wed, 02/07/2007 - 11:00

The forceful projection of China’s hard and soft power in recent months marks a stunning departure from the foreign policy axioms of late patriarch Deng Xiaoping. Deng, who anointed President Hu Jintao as the “core of the Fourth Generation leadership, noted shortly after the Tiananmen Square massacre that China must “keep a low profile and never take the lead in global affairs.

China ought to be feared because of its weakness, not strength

  • Wed, 01/31/2007 - 11:00

In the meantime, all these accomplishments rest on the shaky foundation of exploitation of the millions deprived of elementary social rights. The existing treats to China's security, both internal and external ones, make its road to global leadership all the more difficult.

Uygur analysis appals

  • Mon, 01/29/2007 - 11:00

I am appalled at almost every point of analysis in Martin Wayne's article "Beijing inflicts a defeat on al-Qaeda" (January 25). For a start, readers should be informed that when Dr Wayne discusses instances of Uygurs' political or religious violence, his frequent reliance upon the proviso "reportedly" is a reference to official Chinese reports only.

How to lose your shirt in China

  • Mon, 01/29/2007 - 11:00

The economy beckons, but its business climate makes China a killing field for Canadian firms