China’s Internet growth challenges country’s political elite

The Star, 21 January 2012

BEIJING—The number of web users in China soared past 500 million last year, explosive growth that has elevated Chinese Internet companies and challenged social and political discourse in the communist-controlled state.

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The Limits of the Pakistan-China Alliance

The Heritage Foundation, 20 January 2012

Abstract: After the U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in May 2011, Pakistani political leaders played up their country’s relations with China, touting Beijing as an alternative partner to Washington. But China’s concerns over Pakistan’s future stability will likely limit the extent to which it will help Pakistan out of its economic difficulties.

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Società Libera condems the repressive action against Uyghurs in Hotan

Società Libera, 19 January 2012

Società Libera condems the repressive action of the Chinese Government that on December 28, 2011, in Hotan killed 7 Uyghurs and led to the imprisonment of many more, amongst which many teenagers and children.

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Inside China

The Washington Post, 19 January 2012
By Miles Yu

Campaign against U.S.-led ‘cultural strategy’

China’s ruling Communist Party is waging a counteroffensive against what party General Secretary Hu Jintao calls the “ideological and cultural infiltration launched by hostile forces in the West.”

In his view, the United States is regarded as chief conspirator and China’s anti-American propaganda is reaching a new high.

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From Guantánamo to Palau: Exchanging One Prison for Another

Spiegel Online, 19 January 2012
By Seema Saifee

Ahmad Tourson spent eight years in Guantánamo as an innocent man. Then, in 2009, he was shipped off to the tiny island nation of Palau. His new situation, though, is untenable — but the US government seems unwilling to do anything about it.

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In Far West China, a Sign of How Uyghur Muslims Are Treated

The Atlantic, 18 January 2012
By Massoud Hayoun

I traveled to Xinjiang in the summer of 2010, the year after riots broke out between the region’s indigenous Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority and Han Chinese, who have been growing in numbers there since China’s “Going West” policy in 2000.

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China charges a dissident for writing freedom poem

The Telegraph, 18 January 2012
By Peter Simpson

Mr Zhu, a 58-year-old writer, is to stand trial for subversion after he wrote and published a poem entitled “It’s Time” on the internet.

His poem urged people to gather in support of freedom.

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Letter from China: Taste of home – For the Uighur Chinese, the naan is a sacred part of daily life

The Guardian Weekly, 17 January 2012
By Ruth Ingram

We scrape and squeal our way through the permafrosted outskirts of Urumqi. It is midwinter, half past nine at night. Nadira is putting the finishing touches to her plans for a getaway to China’s southern shores.

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