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Hu Jintao Gambles on the West

  • Tue, 01/16/2007 - 11:00

China strongman Hu Jintao is manufacturing his own power base out of allies from Tibet, Xinjiang and Gansu

Xinjiang Deaths Raise Troubling Questions

  • Fri, 01/12/2007 - 11:00

In March 2003, three tense Chinese officials called the three of us Americans and a Canadian teaching English at a private boarding school in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province. The three were senior administrators at the school, but in our six months working there we had never met them, nor any other administrators for that matter.

Human Rights Watch - World Report 2007

  • Fri, 01/12/2007 - 11:00

Human Rights Watch’s 556-page World Report 2007 contains survey information on human rights developments during 2006 in more than 75 countries. In addition to the introductory essay on the European Union, the volume contains essays on freedom of expression since 9/11, the plight of migrant domestic workers, and a human rights agenda for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

China: Exploiting the Uighur 'Terrorist Camp' Raid

  • Wed, 01/10/2007 - 11:00

Chinese state media reported Jan. 9 on the "thousands" of people who turned out for the funeral of a Chinese police officer killed in a shootout four days earlier with suspected Uighur Islamist militants in Xinjiang. The coverage, part of a media blitz to bring attention to the destruction of an alleged terrorist base in western China, serves both domestic and international public relations purposes.

An Uyghur May Become Kazakhstan's Next Prime Minister

  • Tue, 01/09/2007 - 11:00

Prime Minister Danial Akhmetov resigned Jan. 8. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev is expected to appoint a successor to Akhmetov ahead of the Central Asian nation's Jan. 10 joint session of Parliament; he probably will pick another loyal functionary. Kazakhstan's prime minister is not an independent actor in the nation's policymaking, so the change will have a limited effect on Kazakhstan's strategy toward the outside world.

Compelling New Book Takes Deeper Look at Hu Jintao

  • Sat, 01/06/2007 - 11:00

In late 2003, China’s new president, Hu Jintao, made a speech celebrating the late Mao Zedong. He said not a word about Mao’s disastrous mistakes. Veteran China hand Willy Lam writes in a compelling new book that this speech acted as a wake-up call to China's intelligentsia.

For Guantánamo Review Boards, Limits Abound

  • Mon, 01/01/2007 - 11:00

At one end of a converted trailer in the American military detention center here, a graying Pakistani businessman sat shackled before a review board of uniformed officers, pleading for his freedom.

China pushes westward growth, tighter grip

  • Sun, 12/31/2006 - 11:00

Not too long ago, Kashgar was a sleepy town with mud houses, largely unchanged since Marco Polo trekked through in the 13th century. But now this frontier town, like other outposts in China's far west, is booming with oil, cotton, coal and trade. Trains, new highways, and an international airport are bringing thousands of people from neighboring Pakistan who want to take in the tourist sites and buy inexpensive Chinese goods.

China Defends Military Program

  • Fri, 12/29/2006 - 11:00

China warned Friday that the military landscape in northeast Asia is getting "more complicated and serious" because of North Korea's nuclear weapons program and tighter defense cooperation between Japan and the United States.

The dragon crouches

  • Wed, 12/27/2006 - 11:00

If 2006 established China firmly as the world's fourth-largest economy, it also delivered Beijing the means to discard the late Deng Xiaoping's maxim that the communist country should not take the lead in international affairs until it has grown economically strong.