The US pivots east, China marches west

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:06 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev clink glasses during Xi's state visit to Astana on Sept. 7, 2013. China has shown increased interest in Central Asia as it seeks safe passage for rail lines carrying oil and commodities eastward. The U.S. is also poised to lose its foothold in the region, if it cannot renew its lease on an air base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan.Ilyas Omarov/AFP/Getty Images
In November, when the U.S. sent two B-52s defiantly through China’s newly proclaimed air defense identification zone, it seemed no more than move and countermove. In fact, it was the first clash of two ultimately clashing policies —the United States’ so-called “pivot” east, representing the U.S.’s shift in military and diplomatic attention toward Asia, and China’s economically driven march west into Central Asia, where the U.S. has been very active since launching its global war on terrorism.

Chinese tightrope walkers' balancing act between Xinjiang and Beijing

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:47 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Like all dawaz performers, the Prince does not use safety equipment. Photograph: Jonathan Kaiman for the Guardian
From the top of the Prince of the Sky's high tower, the pavement below is a vertigo-inducing abstraction, a coarse grey expanse dotted with people-like specks. But the Prince, one of the best tightrope walkers in the world, doesn't think about the pavement. He looks towards his destination – another high tower on a distant hillside – and contemplates the thin steel cable strung across the expanse.

Understanding the Uighurs

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:33 -- Anonymous (not verified)
screenshot of the ABC broadcast

Today, China's boom has seen those tensions with the country's 10 million Uighurs resurface. The Government says the movement contains Islamic extremists, citing last October's suicide attack in front of the iconic Chairman Mao portrait in Beijing.

China and the great game

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 13:28 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Fortress on the Wakhjir pass. Photo:

The conflict in Afghanistan is becoming more complex by the day, spreading beyond its borders into south Asia. There are four main parties: the US, Pakistan, Afghanistan itself and the Afghan Taliban. Others, previously remotely involved, are increasingly drawn in-the most prominent being China. China's growth rate of close to 10 per cent per annum makes it a global economic hub with which to reckon, second only to the US. This may not however be socially sustainable as it perpetuates inequality in income, heavily concentrated in China's southern coastal area. Moreover, the country's ethnic cohesion is uncertain: apart from minority tensions, the Han majority is itself fractured among ethno-linguistic communities which have experienced sustained segregation.

Uyghur Muslims face 'oppression' in East Turkistan

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:29 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Uyghur Muslims face 'oppression' in East Turkistan. Photo: World Bulletin
Tension in Uyghur Autonomous Region between Uyghur Muslims and the police has been escalating recently, leaving many people dead and wounded.
Police in East Turkistan (Xinjiang) killed eight people who had attacked the pollice station with knives and explosives in the early hours of Monday, Xinjiang government news portal Tianshan reported.
A previous incident on December 17 killed sixteen people including two police officers in the old Silk Road city of Kashgar.


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