Commentary

China Times: Cross-strait distance on human rights

  • Wed, 05/04/2011 - 12:00

In a recent interview with German-based Der Spiegel weekly, President Ma Ying-jeou said human rights is a criteria to measure the distance between Taiwan and mainland China.

China wants to change the conversation. Let's not.

  • Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:00

No one expected there would be good news. The United States and China have just concluded two days of talks on human rights, and unsurprisingly, it yielded very little beyond the talk itself. In the past two months, China has begun one of its most significant crackdowns in years.

U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue: Soft Power Gone Hard?

  • Wed, 04/27/2011 - 12:00

With Beijing in the midst of unyielding crackdown on dissidents, how much can the latest round of U.S.-China human rights discussions, currently underway in Beijing, possibly hope to accomplish?

Freedom Going Viral Means Trouble For Dictators

  • Fri, 04/22/2011 - 12:00

More than 2 billion people across the globe have Internet access and there are some 5 billion mobile-phone subscriptions, according to the 2010 Human Rights Report released this month by the U.S. Department of State.

Ai Weiwei arrest: Why no one in China is safe from those in power

  • Fri, 04/22/2011 - 12:00

The Chinese Communist authorities' detainment of well-known artist Ai Weiwei is shocking even to a hardened dissident like me. It once again reveals the essence of the Chinese state for all the world to see: the rule by law for the authorities instead of the rule of law for the people.

Western democracy no panacea for the world

  • Fri, 04/22/2011 - 12:00

In the eyes of some people at home and abroad, China must copy Western-style democracy with a general election system at its core. In responding to this, China should adopt a cautious attitude, following the saying "think thrice before you act."

U.S. should resettle Uighurs held at Guantanamo

  • Thu, 04/21/2011 - 12:00

The Supreme Court this week ended the quest of five exonerated Guantanamo detainees who are seeking release in the United States. The defeat for the Uighurs, members of a Muslim minority group in China, shouldn't be the end of the story. The problem is that other paths to settling them here are strewn with obstacles.

Caesar in Beijing

  • Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:00

The Communist Party picks a fight with Christian churches.

Why China Fears Ai Weiwei

  • Tue, 04/19/2011 - 12:00

Unlike most Chinese artists, entrepreneurs who pay little attention to politics, Ai Weiwei decided to challenge the Communist Party, says columnist Wenran Jiang

China's sunflower revolutionary

  • Fri, 04/15/2011 - 12:00

The grim news that Ai Weiwei, perhaps China's most famous contemporary artist, has been arrested and jailed -- his family and friends have not seen or heard from him since April 3 -- makes me think anew about Ai's 100 million hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds, now being exhibited at London's Tate Modern Gallery.

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