Commentary

Beijing faces a fresh legitimacy test

  • Fri, 09/25/2009 - 12:00

When the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China is celebrated early next month, it will be an apt occasion for reflection on its six decades of rule.

Beijing's Secret Succession Battle

  • Fri, 09/25/2009 - 12:00

As Beijing ramps up for next week's celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, the Communist Party leadership is keen to present a stable, united front to the outside world.

A Break In China's Communist Wall

  • Fri, 09/25/2009 - 12:00

Has a crack just appeared in China's mighty Communist Party?

EDITORIAL: Kadeer is entitled to a visa

  • Thu, 09/24/2009 - 12:00

The Kaohsiung City Government’s decision to bring forward the screening of a documentary on exiled Uighur Muslim activist Rebiya Kadeer — amid complaints by the tourism sector that Chinese tour groups were canceling hotel reservations — was not well-received in some quarters.

Say it loud, I'm PRC and I'm proud

  • Wed, 09/23/2009 - 12:00

In preparation for October 1, when grand celebrations will be held in the Middle Kingdom to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the government has released a set of 50 slogans to get people into the right mood.

China's losing fight with freedom

  • Tue, 09/22/2009 - 12:00
 The Chinese government has been trying to play Big Brother to its 1.3 billion citizens ever since the creation of the internet. In 2006, the Golden Shield Project (aka The Great Firewall of China) was completed and came under scrutiny as the world turned its eyes to China for the 2008 Olympics.

Conditions of freedom for a state under siege

  • Tue, 09/22/2009 - 12:00

Last month Chinese hackers attacked the Web site of the Melbourne International Film Festival, retaliating against the organizers for screening a documentary about exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, a film that Australian director Jeff Daniels worked on for seven years.

EDITORIAL: Between obstinence and capitulation

  • Tue, 09/22/2009 - 12:00

Successful negotiations frequently involve concessions on the part of negotiators. If common ground is to be found between parties with conflicting goals, give and take is unavoidable.

China's leaders give little away

  • Mon, 09/21/2009 - 12:00

China watchers were disappointed when Vice President Xi Jinping was not given an expected nod as the country's next president at last week's annual meeting of the Communist Party's Central Committee.

EDITORIAL: A premier who would back down

  • Mon, 09/21/2009 - 12:00

China has threatened to retaliate if The 10 Conditions of Love, a documentary about World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer, is screened as part of the Kaohsiung Film Festival.

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