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Three Uyghurs Held for Resisting Land Takeover

April 16, 2013

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Authorities have arrested three Uyghurs who they say resisted and assaulted public officers sent to expropriate their farmland for a market in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, according to local sources. Farmer Mettohti Imin, his teenage son Abdusalam Mettohti, and a family friend were taken into custody in late March after confronting “more than […]

What China Learned from the Soviet Union’s Fall

April 14, 2013

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Why the process of assessing blame for the collapse of the USSR is still a hot topic in Beijing   In a major speech on July 24, 2012 China’s President, Hu Jintao, called for the country to “unswervingly” carry out reform and opening up and to fight against rigidity and stagnation.  This follows on the heels […]

Vietnamese always at a disadvantage when doing business with Chinese

April 8, 2013

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China has always been gaining the upper hand in doing business with Vietnam. Experts believe that Vietnam has been yielding to the big foreign partner on many issues. China remains the No. 1 trade partner for Vietnam. A report of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) showed that the two-way trade turnover in […]

China’s Xi Sets Tone on Regional Relations

April 7, 2013

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BOAO, China—Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged Asian “frictions” and “hot spots” in an address on Sunday to regional business and political leaders amid mounting alarm over North Korea’s nuclear threat and territorial disputes between China and its neighbors. Mr. Xi didn’t single out any country in his address at the three-day Boao Forum for Asia, […]

Chinese Artist Depicts Tibetan Protesters

March 19, 2013

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Self-immolations by Tibetan monks have spiked with China’s leadership change. Beijing continues to ignore their message. BEIJING — On the fifth anniversary of violent protests against Chinese rule in Lhasa, Tibet, authorities are still grappling with unrest and a wave of self-immolations in Tibetan areas of China. One Beijing-based artist is trying to commemorate the lost […]

Tibetan Buddhism’s Karmapa Lama

March 13, 2013

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A religious figure comes into his own as artist and green activist Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa Lama, arrived in India in January 2000, literally moving from his 12th century headquarters in Tibet onto the front page of international papers. Now, imagine a setting where, as a 28-year old teacher, he holds a few […]

South China Sea Relationship Status? It’s Complicated

March 13, 2013

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The territorial claims in the South China Sea area remain like a bowl of noodles — crisscrossed, overlapping, and so intertwined that it is challenging to pinpoint a beginning and an end. Unraveling this web presents one of the most challenging international relations dilemmas of our present time and only a comprehensive approach is likely […]

Hun Sen Defends Son’s Nomination

March 13, 2013

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has defended his ruling party’s decision to nominate his son and children of other party officials to run in upcoming national elections, rejecting suggestions he is laying the foundation for a dynasty. Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen said that critics have misunderstood the nomination of […]

Statement of Sikyong on 54th Tibetan National Uprising Day

March 10, 2013

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On this day in 1959, thousands of Tibetans from all walks of life and all three regions of Tibet (U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo) converged in Lhasa to resist and protest the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet. We are the children of this tragic yet historic moment in Tibet’s rich, unique, 2,000-plus year history. Today, […]

China will defend its rights in territorial disputes

March 9, 2013

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BEIJING, MAR 9:  Likening the situation in its troubled neighbourhood to a “military chess game”, China today said it will firmly defend its territorial sovereignty and rights but at the same time try to resolve differences through talks upholding regional peace and stability. Addressing his annual press conference here today coinciding with the new leadership […]

Who’s Bluffing Whom in the South China Sea?

March 8, 2013

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The latitude for action on the part of all the parties is limited The territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea continue to plague and jeopardize the peace and security of the region. These disputes are many, including the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, the Paracels, the Scarborough Shoal, and the Spratly Islands; and although these […]

The limits of despair

March 8, 2013

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Five years after an explosion of unrest on the Tibetan plateau, the region is again in crisis. This time the world is looking away INSIDE a small monastery in China’s Qinghai province, a red-robed monk looks around to see if he is being watched, then begins sobbing. “We just want the Dalai Lama to come […]

China navy seeks to “wear out” Japanese ships in disputed waters

March 7, 2013

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HONG KONG–China’s naval and paramilitary ships are churning up the ocean around islands it disputes with Tokyo in what experts say is a strategy to overwhelm the numerically inferior Japanese forces that must sail out to detect and track the flotillas. A daily stream of bulletins announce ship deployments into the East China Sea, naval […]

Beijing restaurant draws flak for banning Japanese, Pinoys, Vietnamese, dogs

February 28, 2013

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HANOI – A sign at a Beijing restaurant barring citizens of nations involved in maritime disputes with China—along with dogs—has triggered a wave of online outrage among Vietnamese and Filipinos. The Beijing Snacks restaurant near the Forbidden City, a popular tourist spot, has posted a sign on its door reading “This shop does not receive […]

Shinzo Abe accuses China’s rulers of using island disputes to retain power

February 28, 2013

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Japanese PM says Beijing’s educational system fuels hostility over rival territorial claims China has a “deeply ingrained” need to spar with Japan and other Asian neighbours over territory, because the ruling Communist party uses the disputes to maintain strong domestic support, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview. Clashes with neighbours, notably Japan, […]

The South China Sea: Claims and Implications

February 28, 2013

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If this century should be an “Asian Century,” it risks being unraveled by the ongoing South China Sea disputes Disputes on hegemony over the South China Sea, developing as a result of China’s claims to almost the entire body of water, may well prove to be a key defining issue in the future of Asia […]

Vietnamese Angry Over Beijing Restaurant Racism

February 26, 2013

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A Beijing restaurant’s refusal to serve customers from countries locked in maritime territorial disputes with China has drawn the ire of netizens from at least one of the nations—Vietnam. The restaurant has put up on its window racially charged signs in Chinese and English that said, “This shop does not welcome Japanese, Filipinos, and Vietnamese, […]

Southeast Asian countries stock up on arms as they face off with China

February 9, 2013

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Southeast Asian countries are stocking up on the latest military gadgets, expanding an international arms web as they seek to counter China’s rise Two Russian-built Kilo submarines cruise the dark, frigid waters of the North Sea out of Kaliningrad, being readied for delivery later this year to Vietnam, where Indian technicians are already helping to […]

Vietnam as China’s newest autonomous province is becoming a reality

February 8, 2013

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Vietnam stands at a contradictory political crossroads. The line between activities deemed acceptable and illegal remains ill-defined. Even by recent standards in Vietnam, Monday’s life sentence handed down on Phan Van Thu was widely considered harsh. In the second mass subversion trial in less than a month in this authoritarian Communist state, 21 of Thu’s […]

How a non-existent island became China’s southernmost territory

February 8, 2013

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Where is the “southernmost point of Chinese territory”? It’s a controversial question and the least controversial answer might be Hainan Island . More controversial options would be the Paracel (Xisha) islands or the Spratlys (Nansha). But officially the southernmost point is even further south – as far south as the James Shoal, about 100 kilometres […]

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