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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.


  • Wed, 07/19/2006 - 12:00

China's quest for energy security has driven it to the greater Caspian basin, a region whose resources were once the proprietary domain of the Soviet Union but are now available to the highest bidder.

China's 'magical road of heaven'

  • Wed, 07/12/2006 - 12:00

For centuries Tibet has been the embodiment of an exotic fantasy. A Buddhist Shangri-La, mysterious and remote, locked away within high mountains from the frenetic modernity of the outside world.

The return of China's censors

  • Tue, 07/11/2006 - 12:00

Trying to rein in reporters straining at the leash of censorship, Beijing is drafting a law that will impose heavy fines for unauthorized news of big disasters and social unrest.

China's Islamic Frontier

  • Fri, 07/07/2006 - 12:00

On June 27 the government of Uzbekistan transferred Huseyincan Celil, now a Canadian citizen, to Chinese custody to await execution.


  • Thu, 07/06/2006 - 12:00

The inauguration of the Qinghai-Tibet railway on July 1 marks a watershed in the Chinese leadership’s decades-long effort to tame the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

Hu Jintao and the new China

  • Thu, 07/06/2006 - 12:00

The biggest factor determining global stability over the next 20 years, simply put, is China. For good or bad, it will shape the world. If everything goes well, China will be integrated in the developed world and will become one of its engines, if not the main engine.

A Bankruptcy Lawyer at Gitmo

  • Tue, 07/04/2006 - 12:00

Sabin Willett leads a double life as a lawyer. Most days, he works on bankruptcy litigation in the Boston office of Bingham McCutchen. He likes the work. Really, he says, sitting in a conference room with a sweeping view of Boston harbor.


  • Mon, 07/03/2006 - 12:00

In this issue we focus on the Islamic heritage in China and its relevance to understanding both the evolution of Chinese history and culture, and to appreciating the complex, multi-ethnic influences on modern China.