Commentary

Now for the overseas fifth column

  • Thu, 08/27/2009 - 12:00

Isn’t it ironic that the more China becomes a major global player; the more it shows signs of insecurity?

China's tale of two restive regions

  • Thu, 08/27/2009 - 12:00

Why is it that, as cocktail glasses clink and urbane voices clatter across the Western world, China's repressive policies in Tibet are generally regarded with outrage while the plight of Muslim Uyghurs in the restive Xinjiang region rarely rates a mention?

Can China manipulate Western media?

  • Mon, 08/24/2009 - 12:00

"Propaganda" is a dirty word, associated with authoritarian regimes that have no respect for human rights and is relied on by such governments to influence popular opinion.

Rebalancing Relations With China

  • Wed, 08/19/2009 - 12:00

For several decades, the global economic system was sustained by acceptance of American predominance. A vast tide of liquidity coupled with America's appetite for consumer goods had sent enormous amounts of dollars to China, which, in turn, China lent back to us for still more buying.

Internal CCP Conflicts Made Xinjiang Riots Worse

  • Fri, 08/14/2009 - 12:00

Boxun.com is an online news and commentary forum that sometimes carries leaks from Chinese political circles. Late last month the site carried a report from an unnamed high-level cadre who retired from the Communist Party's 17th National Congress.

China's Public Enemy

  • Fri, 08/07/2009 - 12:00

The alleged instigator of the Uighur riots doesn’t talk like a terrorist. Demonizing her may backfire on Beijing.

Too late to talk about Xinjiang?

  • Wed, 08/05/2009 - 12:00

I’ve wanted to write about Xinjiang and the aftermath of events because I lived there for several years.  Despite trying several times, I have not written anything for a month.  Many people have asked me over the past few weeks what I think really happened.   They obviously have their doubts about the official version of events.  So do I.

Blame the Uighurs Don't Deserve

  • Mon, 08/03/2009 - 12:00

As co-chair of the House's Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, I am troubled by the premise of the July 25 news story "China, Uighur Groups Give Conflicting Riot Accounts."

The Uyghurs' struggle & "smart power"

  • Mon, 08/03/2009 - 12:00

The U.S. sat helpless several months ago when the Tamil insurgency was being mopped up in Sri Lanka - with tens of thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire.

Uighur Grievances Remain Unresolved After Riots in China

  • Thu, 07/30/2009 - 12:00

Yesterday, during a visit to Japan, the prominent Uighur exile and activist Rebiya Kadeer repeated her denunciation of China’s heavy-handed response to ethnic violence earlier this month between Han and Uighurs. Upon reflection in the aftermath of the unrest, the riots should be interpreted as a glaring symptom of the communist government’s continuation of repressive policies toward minorities.

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