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Oil Search Sparks Security Concerns

[Нийтэлсэн: 14.06.2011] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Security risks are rising in the South China Sea with an eruption of disputes over energy and sovereignty claims, experts say. The problems of unsettled borders have dogged the region for years, but intensified exploration for offshore oil and gas has increased tensions with a series of incidents involving China in the past month.

Fresh Protests in Kardze

[Нийтэлсэн: 13.06.2011] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Tibetan monks and nuns in Kardze, a Tibetan-majority region in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, are stepping up protests against Chinese rule despite being beaten and detained by authorities. In separate incidents on June 9 and 10, the monks and nuns staged protests alone or in small groups in the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous [...]

Kazakhstan Made Conflicting Accusations

[Нийтэлсэн: 09.06.2011] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Authorities in Kazakhstan fed contradicting accounts about the background of a Uyghur refugee to organizations monitoring his safety before deporting him last month to China, where he could be punished, according to a lawyer overseeing the case. They told the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that Ershidin Israil was a Chinese spy but [...]

Mongolian Professors Held

[Нийтэлсэн: 08.06.2011] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia have formally arrested at least three ethnic minority Mongolian university lecturers following mass protests last month, and have detained dozens more informally, an overseas rights group said. “A lot of university lecturers have been detained,” said Nahubisgalat, an ethnic Mongolian Chinese national currently living in Japan [...]

Inner Mongolia in “War-Like State”

[Нийтэлсэн: 06.06.2011] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia have described the situation there as “war-like” following a huge influx of troops into the region and a security lock-in at schools, universities and government institutions, according to a leaked official document. The document, issued by the regional committee of the ruling Communist Party, described recent [...]

Huge Security Presence in Hohhot

[Нийтэлсэн: 04.06.2011] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Chinese authorities have poured security personnel and armored vehicles into Inner Mongolia following region-wide protests over exploitation of grasslands and herders’ rights. “As I got on the train at Hohhot [the regional capital], the place looked like it was preparing for war,” said a source in the region on Thursday. “There were special police everywhere [...]

Protests Tied to Grasslands

[Нийтэлсэн: 02.06.2011] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Deep-seated cultural ties to the grasslands and traditional nomadic ways lie behind recent protests across Inner Mongolia, experts say. While the protests were sparked by the death of a herdsman from the Shiliin-Gol (in Chinese, Xilin Meng) area, overseas rights groups believe they reflect a deep and widespread anger over continuing exploitation of the region’s [...]

Mongolian Protests Spread

[Нийтэлсэн: 27.05.2011] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Protests by ethnic Mongolians living in northern China spread across the region on Thursday, as thousands more took to the streets to demand protection of their rights following the death of a herder run over by a truck. Protesters marched in Inner Mongolia’s Hunveet Shar and Left Ujumchin banners, the equivalent of counties, on Thursday, [...]

Inner Mongolian Dissident’s Family Targeted

[Нийтэлсэн: 06.12.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Authorities in China’s Inner Mongolia province have detained the wife of an imprisoned ethnic rights activist and raided their bookstore ahead of his release in an apparent bid to check any unrest. Xinna, 55, was detained in a raid on the Mongolian Studies Bookstore in the provincial capital Hohhot on Saturday, six days before her [...]

Police Confiscate Tibetan Ballots

[Нийтэлсэн: 05.10.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Nepalese police confiscated ballot boxes at Tibetan exile government polling stations in Kathmandu before polls closed Sunday, according to a local election official. Twenty ballot boxes were confiscated from the Swayambhunath, Boudha, and Jawalakel polling stations, all located in the Nepali capital. Tsering Dhondup, an election officer in charge of the Boudha-Jorpati area, said police [...]

Banned Tibetan Singer Disappears

[Нийтэлсэн: 27.09.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

A popular Tibetan singer has evaded a police search for him following his release on CD of a song praising the Dalai Lama, according to sources in Tibet. “The Chinese authorities are looking for Pasang, but so far he has not been detained. His parents are worried about his fate,” a Tibetan man said, speaking [...]

China Coal Conflicts Grow

[Нийтэлсэн: 16.09.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Experts are doubtful about proposed caps on China’s coal production despite strains from years of high growth. In August, a top official of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) urged the government to adopt curbs on coal output in its new Five-Year Plan that begins in 2011. “Instead of meeting whatever demand is, coal output would [...]

‘No Passports’ For Uyghurs

[Нийтэлсэн: 11.09.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have imposed travel restrictions on the region’s ethnic minorities since the regional capital Urumqi was rocked by deadly ethnic rioting last year, local residents and travel industry sources said. “[Passport applications] must bear the seal of the nationalities and religious affairs committees before [applicants] are allowed [...]

China Promises Political Reforms

[Нийтэлсэн: 07.09.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

President Hu Jintao has announced that the southern city of Shenzhen, once the cradle of China’s economic reforms, will begin experimenting with political reforms, including “democratic elections,” although critics remain skeptical that real change will ensue. “We will continue to push forward the self-improvement of the socialist political system…expanding socialist democracy with democratic elections according [...]

Jinhao Camellia Oil: Officials Investigate Cooking Oil

[Нийтэлсэн: 04.09.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Officials in the southern Chinese province of Hunan have confirmed they are testing a brand of up-market cooking oil following concerns that it contains high levels of carcinogenic compounds. The confirmation came Tuesday following media reports of “secret recalls” of Jinhao Camellia Oil that sparked outrage among Chinese netizens. The director of the Hunan Provincial [...]

Shortages Anger Pyongyang Residents

[Нийтэлсэн: 18.08.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Former residents of Pyongyang say the North Korean public is growing frustrated with increases in food prices, endless shortages of food and daily necessities, and the collapse of the state-controlled food distribution system. Many of the city’s inhabitants, who traditionally have access to the nation’s best foodstuffs, are now forced to survive on only three [...]

More Uyghur Homes Demolished

[Нийтэлсэн: 02.08.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Authorities in Karamay City in China’s northwestern Uyghur region have begun demolishing two Uyghur neighborhoods to make way for a new tourist destination—part of a pattern of government-led demolitions in the ethnic Uyghur homeland. “I don’t know where we will live after this or how we will live and I’m scared to think of the [...]

China Expands Internet Controls

[Нийтэлсэн: 27.06.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Tough new regulations aimed at monitoring Internet usage are being rolled out across China, with Internet cafes in the southwestern province of Sichuan now requiring a swipe of smart ID cards before allowing people online. “You have to have a second-generation ID card now,” an employee who answered the phone at one Internet cafe in [...]

Tensions Rise in Quake Town

[Нийтэлсэн: 18.06.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Hundreds of Tibetan residents of a quake-hit region of China’s remote western Qinghai province have been protesting since Monday over attempts by the local government to remove them from their land. They gathered outside government offices in Yushu’s Gyegu township with banners after the government made public reconstruction plans in which some people would be [...]

Mongolia: a Democratic Breakthrough?

[Нийтэлсэн: 15.06.2010] [Эх сурвалж: ]

Mongolia, a formerly communist nation sandwiched between two autocratic superpowers, once seemed an unlikely candidate for democratic reform. But while its mighty neighbors China and Russia are allowing authoritarian tendencies to diminish the rule of law, impoverished Mongolia has persisted in building a more accountable government. In one of the most underreported stories of the [...]


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