If local unrest swells into national protest, will they choose liberalisation or repression
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Thursday 09 July 2009
Whatever the facts behind the terrible events in Xinjiang, they underline one of the key vulnerabilities of China: its insecure energy resources. The problem is at the very heart of China's strategy for the future and Hu Jintao was wise to leave the G8 meeting in Italy to return to China. Mishandling Urumqi now could be devastating both for the future stability of the country he leads and for the Communist Party he heads.
Wednesday 08 July 2009
China flooded the capital of western Xinjiang province with security forces today after ethnic riots left at least 156 dead. The city's Communist Party boss promised those behind the killings would be executed.
Wednesday 08 April 2009
Saturday 21 March 2009
Tuesday 17 March 2009
Saturday 23 August 2008
Clear blue skies. A shiny, fast-moving new city. The warm applause of a global audience. And a fantastic haul of gold medals to boot. The Communist Party will be very happy this weekend when the closing festivities of the Beijing Olympic Games mark, as predicted, China's re-emergence as a global superpower.
Thursday 24 January 2008
China may be about to overtake the United States as home to the world's biggest number of webizens, but the country's 210 million internet users are unlikely to be spending too much time surfing for porn as the Great Firewall of China seeks to stop smut.
Saturday 23 December 2006
Saracens pulled off a thrilling victory over Harlequins at the Stoop last night after it looked as if the home side had just nicked the Premiership win for themselves.
Wednesday 09 November 2005
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Monday 15 August 2005
Thursday 13 May 1999
Tuesday 15 December 1998
Saturday 20 September 1997
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