China's Not to Blame for All of Sri Lanka's Woes

Some observers have blamed Sri Lanka's troubles on its dealings with China, which has made substantial investments in the country. Recently, CIA Director William J. Burns became the latest U.S. official in recent years to attribute Sri Lanka's economic crisis to Chinese debt. Of Sri Lanka's total foreign debt, loans from China's government are in the range of 10 percent to 12 percent. Adding Chinese commercial loans to a wider base of public and publicly guaranteed debt, a new analysis...

A Lesson in How to Sweep Torture Under the Rug

Only in the Orwellian world of the United Nations could one find a Chinese "human rights expert" welcoming Iceland's "increasing efforts for the implementation of the Convention Against Torture," while recommending "your country have a specific definition of torture in your criminal law... to teach you to carry out your own constitution, not only international treaties."