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Iran and the 'OPEC with bombs'

  • Fri, 10/06/2006 - 12:00

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) celebrates its fifth anniversary with a summit of member states' leaders in Shanghai on Thursday.


  • Fri, 10/06/2006 - 12:00

President Hu Jintao has adroitly played the disciplinary and anti-corruption cards to boost his stature in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as well as to exercise control over the top brass. Given that a large-scale reshuffle of the policy-setting Central Military Commission (CMC) is due at the 17th Communist Party Congress next year, officers formerly deemed close to ex-president Jiang Zemin have been currying favor with the current leader.

The policy of coercion

  • Wed, 10/04/2006 - 12:00

Different separatist groups operating in East Turkestan are held responsible by the Chinese Government for all crimes and bad actions that have been happening in that region, in order to let the world believe that they are “Terrorist Powers , “Criminal Groups so that they could be banned by International Community.

Why trust China in space?

  • Wed, 09/27/2006 - 12:00

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin departs today for China, as part of a trip that also includes Japan. While this is being described by the space agency as a get acquainted visit, it will doubtless include discussions of how to promote cooperation between China's space program and that of the United States.

Central Asia: U.S. Helsinki Commission Concerned About SCO's Influence

  • Wed, 09/27/2006 - 12:00

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe -- or Helsinki Commission, as it is known in the United States -- held a congressional hearing on September 26 to investigate the impact of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Central Asia, a region where Washington's strategic, political, and economic interests are growing stronger. The United States fears that China and Russia are pulling the region deeper into their sphere of influence, to the exclusion of everyone else.

China and the Middle East: A New Patron of Regional Instability

  • Tue, 09/26/2006 - 12:00

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a relative newcomer to Middle East geopolitics and, as far as U.S. interests are concerned, not a very welcome one.

What to do about the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's rising influence

  • Fri, 09/22/2006 - 12:00

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a major vehicle for a Chinese-Russian strategic cooperation, is exerting increasing pressure on US strategic interests in Central Asia. Robust engagement with the SCO by the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would offer Washington the best way of containing the group’s rising influence.

International Religious Freedom Report 2006

  • Sun, 09/17/2006 - 12:00

International Religious Freedom Report 2006, Released by State Department, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

The Battle for Guantánamo

  • Sun, 09/17/2006 - 12:00

Col. Mike Bumgarner took over as the warden of Guantánamo Bay in April 2005. He had been hoping to be sent to Iraq; among senior officers of the Army’s military police corps, the job of commanding guards at the American detention camp in Cuba was considered not particularly challenging and somewhat risky to a career.

Why a rising China can't dominate Asia

  • Thu, 09/14/2006 - 12:00

"China can't dominate Asia; there are too many governments in Asia." This comment by a senior Chinese official during a recent interview in Beijing reflects realities of power that make Chinese leadership in Asia unlikely under foreseeable circumstances.