January 2018


China: Uyghur blogger completes fourth year in prison

  • Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:08

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the world not to forget Ilham Tohti, a leading Uyghur blogger and academic who was arrested exactly four years ago this week and who is serving a life sentence for what he wrote about Uyghur issues.

Police patrol the streets as Muslims leave the Id Kah Mosque after the morning prayers in Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, in July 2017. Photo: AFP

A police state in Xinjiang in which moderate voices are silenced is not what China needs to achieve stability

  • Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:08

Roseann Rife says the region has became a testing ground for China’s most oppressive security policies but vilifying certain ethnic groups and drowning out moderate viewpoints will not lead to a peaceful nation

Halmurat Ghopur is shown in an interview on China's official CCTV network, Aug. 19, 2016.

Chinese Authorities Arrest Xinjiang Intellectual Amid Crackdown on Prominent Uyghurs

  • Fri, 01/12/2018 - 17:16

Halmurat Ghopur is being investigated for exhibiting ‘nationalistic tendencies,’ sources say.

Communist officials move in with Uighur Muslims to promote ‘unity’

  • Fri, 01/12/2018 - 17:14

More than a million Chinese Communist officials have been ordered to move into the houses of Muslim Uighur familes in an attempt to instil pro-party values.

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech at the Daming Palace in Xian, Shaanxi province, China, January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

Macron in China: notes on limits of influence

  • Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:39

On a state visit to China this week, French President Emmanuel Macron got plaudits for giving his host a horse -- but also experienced the limits faced by Western leaders in dealing with the new superpower on the block.

FILE - Former Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif addresses the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) seminar in Gwadar, Pakistan. From Pakistan to Tanzania to Hungary, "Belt and Road Initiative" projects are being canceled, renegotiated or delayed because of disputes about costs or complaints host countries get too little out of projects built by Chinese companies and financed by loans from Beijing.

China Hits Some Political, Financial Potholes on Its Modern Silk Road

  • Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:39

China’s plan for a modern Silk Road of railways, ports and other facilities linking Asia with Europe hit a $14 billion pothole in Pakistan.

The Chinese part of a special economic development zone made up of territory from China and Kazakhstan. Credit Andrea Bruce for The New York Times

A Visa-Free Zone Welcomes Your Wallet. But Maybe Not Your Beard.

  • Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:50

Except for men with long beards and women wearing veils or jewelry with a crescent moon motif, just about anyone can enter Chinese territory — at least a few miles of it — across a frontier marked only by two thin stripes of paint daubed across the road.

China has ramped up security in Xinjiang since riots in the capital Urumqi in 2009. Photo: AFP

Rising tide of jihadists stopped trying to return to China, Chinese advisers say

  • Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:38

Advisers claim 10-fold increase in border interceptions but do not offer absolute numbers

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his New Year wishes to the members of the press corps at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on January 3, 2018.  © 2018 Ludovic Marin/Pool/Reuters

China: France’s Macron Should Spotlight Rights

  • Mon, 01/08/2018 - 17:26

On Visit, Urge Liu Xia’s Release, Raise Internet Censorship

Chinese troops are shown on patrol in Xinjiang in a file photo. AFP

Rights Situation in Xinjiang Has ‘Further Deteriorated’ in Recent Months: CECC

  • Mon, 01/08/2018 - 17:23

US lawmakers warn Washington to avoid condoning restrictions in the name of counterterrorism.