Why Gillard should talk human rights to China

Originally published by The Australian, April 26 2011

By Dan Ryan

  ONCE it was into radical left-wing politics, but through the years its thinking has evolved. It now appreciates markets better. It has become non-ideological, pragmatic, in favour of what works. Anyone who thinks otherwise doesn’t understand “the real China”.

As Julia Gillard makes her first official visit to Beijing there are certain parallels that one could draw, in my opinion.

Relax. I’m not one of those crazies who thinks “the real Julia” is secretly a communist. But let us also admit the present leadership in Beijing, while it still clings to the name, is not quite the same as the Communist Party of yesteryear either. What, then, is the governing philosophy of China today and how does it differ from that of our Prime Minister? How would Gillard run things differently?

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Kashgar offers golden opportunities to Pakistani traders: Ambassador Masood Khan

By Associated Press Of  Pakistan, 25 Apr 2011  


BEIJING, April 25 (APP) Ambassador Masood Khan said here on Monday that Kashgar offers golden opportunities for Pakistani traders due to its close neighbourhood and the economic initiatives taken by the Chinese Government. He was talking to a group of Pakistani journalists at Pakistan’s Embassy who were visiting China as part of 60th year of establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China.
As China is expanding its economic activities across the country especially from east to west the ‘Kashgar Special Economic Zone’ provides good opportunities to Pakistani traders for doing business with Chinese counterparts.
He said that Pakistan’s exports to China in the period January to December 2010 increased by nearly $500 million and their overall growth rate was 37.4 percent.
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China bans foreigners from restive Tibetan areas

  Originally published by Reuters,22 Apr 2011


BEIJING (Reuters) – China has banned foreigners from some restive, heavily Tibetan parts of southwestern Sichuan province, travel agents said on Friday, in an apparent attempt to close off a region shaken by recent clashes with the police.

The notice, issued by provincial public security authorities, said foreigners were prohibited from entering the Tibetan populated prefecture of Ganzi and several counties in neighboring Aba prefecture.

“Foreigners already in the aforementioned areas are to be urged to leave,” the notice dated April 21 said, copies of which were placed on the websites of some Chinese travel agencies.

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China to hold human rights talks next week

Originally published by Reuters, 22 Apr 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China will hold talks on human rights in Beijing next week, including discussions on detentions, arrests and freedom of religion, the State Department said on Thursday.

“Discussions will focus on human rights developments, including the recent negative trend of forced disappearances, extralegal detention, and arrests and convictions, as well as rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, labor rights, minority rights and other human rights issues of concern,” the State Department said in a statement.

The talks will take place on April 27 and 28 with Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner leading an interagency delegation to the talks, the statement said.

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Signs of Tension Over U.S.-China Rights Meeting

Originally published by The New York Times,22 Apr 2011


BEIJING — The United States and China are to meet next week for their annual meeting on human rights, but there are signs that the session may be more tense than usual.

According to a statement issued by the State Department, the two sides are to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Beijing for what has become a regular springtime meeting on human rights.

But the statement was highly unusual in several regards, not least the fact that Washington made the announcement for a meeting to be held in Beijing — which runs counter to diplomatic protocol — and that it was made just days before the event.

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China warns Britain over Libya advisers

Originally published by Reuters, Apr 22 2011

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has warned Britain over plans to send military officers to advise Libyan rebels struggling against the forces of Muammar Gaddafi, saying that Beijing opposes any steps that go beyond the mandate of a United Nations resolution.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei stopped short of directly accusing Britain of violating the U.N. Security Council resolution on the Libyan conflict, but he left no doubt that China is unhappy about Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to send about a dozen officers to Libya to help insurgents improve their fighting capabilities.

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Uyghur Refugee In Kazakhstan Faces Extradition To China

Chinese riot police march pass local Uyghur residents near a mosque just before Friday prayers in Urumqi in July 2009, soon after the height of the Han-Uyghur violence. 
Chinese riot police march pass local Uyghur residents near a mosque just before Friday prayers in Urumqi in July 2009, soon after the height of the Han-Uyghur violence.
Originally published by Rferl.org, April  20 2011
ALMATY, Kazakhstan — A Uyghur refugee who fled to Kazakhstan after ethnically charged clashes in China’s northwest Xinjiang province is facing extradition to China, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reports.

Arshiddin Israil, 39, who fled China in 2009 in the wake of the deadly violence between Uyghurs and Han Chinese, is currently in a detention center in Almaty.

Almaty-based lawyer Denis Dzhivaga told RFE/RL that Kazakh authorities arrested Israil at Beijing’s request last summer, even though the UN office in Almaty granted him refugee status in 2009 and Swedish officials agreed last year to grant him asylum.

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Tibetan monastery crackdown video emerges

Originally published by AFP, Apr 21 2011

 BEIJING (AFP) – A video of unrest at a Tibetan monastery in China where a monk burnt himself to death has surfaced, with overseas activists saying it refutes Chinese government claims that the situation there is normal.

The video obtained by the Voice of America’s Tibetan service and posted on its website appears to show heavy security patrolling around the Kirti monastery in a Tibetan region of southwestern China’s Sichuan province.

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