Commentary

Calling China's Bluff

  • Thu, 09/10/2009 - 12:00

The recent remarks of the outgoing Indian Navy Chief, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, where he ascribed China's economic and military prowess as beyond India's reach,  is misplaced and exaggerated given China's present and evolving tangible and intangible assets.

Lessons from the Uighurs' Revolt

  • Thu, 09/10/2009 - 12:00

G8/G7 summits held in Italy are prone to accidents despite the relatively low interest of international society: Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira died shortly before the 1980 Venice Summit, prompting Japan to send an acting prime minister, and the 1994 Naples Summit was held just after the death of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. This year's summit in L'Aquila in central Italy was also plagued by an accident - riots in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

Xinjiang on Pins and Needles

  • Wed, 09/09/2009 - 12:00

Healing Urumqi may require more political change than Beijing can muster.

Chinese Nationalism Begets Chinese Racism

  • Tue, 09/08/2009 - 12:00

For the past two decades, China\'s communist mandarins have sought the use of nationalism to offset their dubious legitimacy. In turning every Chinese misstep into a foreign affront, the regime has successfully created a sense of “China Uber Alles,” to borrow a phrase from a long-departed regime.

How the U.S. Betrayed the Uighurs

  • Fri, 09/04/2009 - 12:00

In June, when four Uighur detainees at Guantánamo were released to Bermuda, the media's portrayal of their story served as both distraction and palliative: Articles in many papers were written as though the United States had rescued members of an oppressed minority in China and delivered them to a tropical paradise.

Why Wasn't I Told About Xinjiang Years Ago?

  • Tue, 09/01/2009 - 12:00

For many years, the plight of the ethnic minorities of East Turkistan (Xinjiang), the largest group being the Uyghurs, was almost entirely eclipsed by that of Tibet and its people, and it seems that it’s only because of recent violence and the Chinese regime’s propagandised threat of terrorism that they’ve managed to pass the threshold of media attention and popular awareness at all. Consequently, if we were to have asked people about Xinjiang several years ago, most would have had very little or nothing to say about it, unless they had a special interest.

Honduras' coup must not stand

  • Mon, 08/31/2009 - 12:00

Other nations will not hesitate to step into the vacuum if the U.S. fails to act.

Editorial: Push for film ban damages all credibility

  • Mon, 08/31/2009 - 12:00

A documentary to be screened tomorrow on Maori Television has already enjoyed more attention than it probably deserves. Called 10 Conditions of Love, it is concerned with a movement for autonomy and religious freedom for the Muslim Uighur people of Xinjiang, a remote Central Asian desert ruled by China. It is not a subject that would have been particularly arresting were it not for the fact that the Chinese Embassy in Wellington asked Maori Television not to screen it.

Why China's iron fist will land on its own face

  • Mon, 08/31/2009 - 12:00

THE violent unrest by the minority Uighur population in China’s Xinjiang province has dwindled down. Yet it would be erroneous to conclude that the Chinese leadership has effectively doused the fire begun by the most serious challenge ever mounted by its second-largest ethnic group against Han political control.

Hu's Journey to the West

  • Sat, 08/29/2009 - 12:00

Hu pushes slash-and-burn tactics in Xinjiang to bolster his support base before key party conclave

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