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The Thorn That Keeps Pricking China's Government

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2012 | World

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) - Blind Chinese rights defender Chen Guangcheng has never been one to give up without a figh...

Guns, Monks and Magic: Tibet's Greatest Escape, Part 2

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Rebecca Novick

Yidam Kyap was part of what was almost certainly the largest single group to escape into exile from the embattled eastern regions of Tibet in 1959. Here is part two of his two-part story.

Chen's Escape Doesn't Break Laws, But Shames Officials

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 07.01.2012 | World

BEIJING — Dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng was being held under house arrest illegally, activists say, and his only offense in escaping may have...

Chen Guangcheng's Escape: What China Is Trying to Hide From You

Chai Ling | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Chai Ling

With the eyes of the world watching, China must allow Chen and his family to live in freedom. Critically, the nation must also heed widespread calls to repeal the One-Child Policy, whose victims are largely voiceless.

The Saga of China's Blind Dissident: Let Obama Be Obama

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Our instincts are to cheer on Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and use this case to dramatize the flagrant human rights abuses that occur in modern China. However, we must not sensationalize this affair.

Guns, Monks and Magic: Tibet's Greatest Escape, Part 1

Rebecca Novick | Posted 06.27.2012 | World
Rebecca Novick

In April 2010, I interviewed a Tibetan monk named Yidam Kyap as part of the Tibet Oral History Project that documents the life stories of Tibetan elders living in exile.

The Frog and the Scorpion

Conn Hallinan | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Conn Hallinan

Global capitalism -- including in China, despite its self-styled socialism with Chinese characteristics" -- is in its most severe crisis since the great crash of the 1930s. The question is, can any country make a system with serious built-in flaws function for all of its people?

Can They Secretly Detain Suspects For Months?

AP | ALEXA OLESEN | Posted 05.01.2012 | World

BEIJING — China is preparing to overhaul a key criminal law amid public confusion – and some dread – over whether the government is ...

China: The Writing on the Great Wall

Rio Helmi | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Rio Helmi

On Wednesday the 22nd of February, Tibetans would normally celebrate Losar or Tibetan New Year. This year, unlike years before, Tibetans in exile called for a solemn day of reflection and prayer to acknowledge those who have sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause.

The United States Must Press China's Vice President on the Plight of the Uighur People

Rebiya Kadeer | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Rebiya Kadeer

All the talk of the Arab Spring painfully reminds us that life for the Uighur people resembles a cruel, endless winter. That is why the United States must use the occasion of future Chinese President Xi's visit to take the lead, and begin the thaw we pray for.

Kitchen Sink Laundry Lists and Broken Clocks

John Wagner Givens | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

Corruption perceptions indices suggest that China is not especially corrupt for its level of development and actually does better than many more developed countries, including Russia, Argentina, and Mexico.

China Sentences Dissident To 7 Years Over Poem

AP | Posted 04.11.2012 | World

BEIJING — A Chinese court has sentenced a dissident writer to seven years in prison over a poem he wrote urging his countrymen to gather at a pu...

The Russia-China Veto: What Next for Syria?

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The reasons behind the Chinese and Russia veto are clear. Alas, what's also clear is that it will worsen the violence in Syria, which, in turn, will increase the opposition's vengefulness when the regime falls.

Is China All It's Cracked Up to Be?

Rajan Menon | Posted 03.29.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

Sure, there's bad news about China: pollution, corruption, the hounding and jailing of dissidents, etc. But overshadowing such reportage is the grander theme of a China on the move and on the make, poised to reshape the world.

A Poem May Get a Writer Jailed In China

John Lundberg | Posted 03.23.2012 | World
John Lundberg

Chinese writer and activist Zhu Yufu was charged with publishing a provocative poem this past week (the official charge was "inciting subversion of state power"). Zhu's poem is entitled "It's Time," and here it is in translation.

Jailed Chinese Lawyer Denied Visits

AP | By ALEXA OLESEN | Posted 01.10.2012 | World

BEIJING -- Relatives of an outspoken human rights lawyer jailed after being secretly held by Chinese security agents were told Tuesday that he is unde...

2011: The Uyghur Human Rights Year in Review

Henryk Szadziewski | Posted 03.07.2012 | World
Henryk Szadziewski

Chinese government claims of Uyghur terrorism and the Chinese state's chasing of Uyghur refugees across its borders require a strong international response.

The Global Economy Depends On China's Rural Population

The New York Times | Joshua Muldavin | Posted 12.31.2011 | Business

Two weeks ago peasants in Wukan, a fishing village in the prosperous southern Chinese province of Guangdong, took over their village, throwing out loc...

China and the U.S.: World Leaders in Executions

David A. Love | Posted 02.21.2012 | World
David A. Love

Executions are merely the most violent manifestation of this inequity and injustice in the land, a failure to come to terms with bad habits and the demons of an American past that continue to torment us today.

After Wukan

Jacqueline N. Deal | Posted 02.18.2012 | World
Jacqueline N. Deal

Amidst the climate of debate and recrimination in Beijing, some will highlight the coincidence of the Wukan uprising in China with the "Occupy" movement in the United States.

U.S. Envoy Concerned About China's Human Rights Record

AP | CHARLES HUTZLER and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 02.13.2012 | World

BEIJING — China's deteriorating human rights record is a growing concern for the United States, even as overall ties between the countries becom...

Protest Or Sacrifice? China's Anti-Imperialist Propaganda Backfires In Tibet

Rebecca Novick | Posted 02.08.2012 | World
Rebecca Novick

With TIME magazine hoisting the self-immolations in Tibet as the top most underreported story of 2011, suddenly there is a window of attention on this disturbing trend.

Time to Think Differently About China

Chai Ling | Posted 01.12.2012 | World
Chai Ling

What will Hu Jianto and President Obama discuss during his visit? The dire case of Chen Guangcheng, whose life hangs in the balance, the millions of lives China's One-Child Policy is "preventing" -- or simply business?

China in Ten Words: A Book to Watch for

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 01.02.2012 | Books
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

One of China's most prolific, interesting, and hard to pigeon-hole authors, Yu Hua, is on a book tour in the U.S., promoting his latest work (the English language edition comes out next week), a collection of essays titled China in Ten Words.

Why Doesn't Asia Have Religion?

Thomas David DuBois | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Thomas David DuBois

Having spent the past 10 years writing and teaching on Asian religions, I now have something to confess: Asia does not have religion.