Commentary

EDITORIAL: China cutting too close to the bone

  • Sat, 09/19/2009 - 12:00

Make no mistake: China’s influence over Taiwan’s domestic affairs is growing, and quickly.

Throwing the Book at China

  • Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:00

Every October, the German city of Frankfurt hosts the world's biggest book fair. The event is no stranger to local controversy.

EDITORIAL: Taiwan must fight for recognition

  • Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:00

In past years September has seen headlines about Taiwan’s bid for UN membership ahead of the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

Guantanamo Envoy: U.S. Should Have Taken Cleared Prisoners; Some Should Never Have Been Held

  • Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:00

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Daniel Fried came across as an eminently reasonable man placed in a disturbingly unreasonable position by his bosses.

Do we have the freedom to wear black?

  • Thu, 09/17/2009 - 12:00

The one smash that the military police in Xinjiang hit out at a Hong Kong reporter completely crushed the faith Hong Kong residents have towards the central government in Beijing, as well as their hope for a democratic society promised by it.

China tightens screws on Uyghurs

  • Thu, 09/17/2009 - 12:00

The Old City of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang region is facing demolition despite the dislocation it will cause to thousands of Uyghurs and the loss of a unique architectural heritage. Officials state the demolition is a necessary step for modernization, but Uyghurs believe it is another step in their assimilation into China. It is another sore case of forced modernization upon marginalized people.

Just how far can 'internal affairs' be stretched?

  • Wed, 09/16/2009 - 12:00

EVER since the 1950s, China has subscribed to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, which was first written into a treaty that it signed with India in 1954.

One country; diametrically opposed values

  • Tue, 09/15/2009 - 12:00

The reaction to the beating up of three local journalists covering protests in Urumqi , the capital of Xinjiang , has underlined differences in values between Hong Kong and the mainland 12 years after the implementation of the “one country, two systems” policy.

Freedom fading fast in Hong Kong

  • Thu, 09/10/2009 - 12:00

Hong Kong received sharp reminders this past week that it must continue to fight Beijing if it hopes to retain the freedoms enshrined in its Basic Law and the independence of its government agencies and judiciary.

Black is White, White is Black

  • Thu, 09/10/2009 - 12:00

Translation of a blog post by Hong Kong blogger “Those Were the Days” entitled “In Serious Protest Against the CCP Government’s Shameless Smearing of Hong Kong Journalists, Accusing Them of Inciting Public Disorder”

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