Commentary

Decorative plaques featuring Chinese leaders of the past and present, including current president Xi Jinping (front), are seen at a souvenir stall in Beijing in 2014. AP

The West kowtows to China through self-censorship

  • Fri, 07/29/2016 - 19:02

Two years ago, I was invited by the American Bar Association to prepare a manuscript for a book to be titled “Darkness Before Dawn.”

Uygur men visiting a night market in Hotan. Some Uygurs allege that ethnic Han settlers in Xinjiang receive preferential treatment. Photo: AFP

Ramazan in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 07/05/2016 - 19:31

THERE is some controversy surrounding reports that the Chinese government enforces strictures upon those who observe Islamic rituals, especially during the month of Ramazan, in Xinjiang, a region with a Uighur Muslim majority.

Asylum seekers wait for Thai Immigration officials to escort them to court in Songkhla, southern Thailand on March 15, 2014.

Ramadan in China

  • Tue, 06/07/2016 - 21:29

Muslims are left with little to celebrate under Beijing’s repression.

Asylum seekers thought to be from China's Uyghur minority sit before boarding trucks as Thai Immigration officials (not pictured) escort them to a court in Songkhla, southern Thailand on March 15, 2014 (AFP Photo/Tuwaedaniya Meringing)

Stop trying to please China on Uighur returns

  • Mon, 06/06/2016 - 21:05

Some 70 detainees are on a hunger strike fearing the threat of being sent to Beijing; the Prayut govt must not repeat its previous mistake

For ethnic unity in Xinjiang

  • Mon, 04/04/2016 - 20:10

It is heartening to learn that authorities in China’s western region of Xinjiang have begun a campaign to promote ethnic unity.

rmed paramilitary policemen ride on military trucks during a show of force on the streets of Urumqi  Photo: AP

How China and the West use terrorism

  • Tue, 02/09/2016 - 17:05

What is terrorism? I long ago grew bored with this perennial semantic dispute. The arguments never change and they never change anyone’s mind. 

The outcome will determine the fate of much of Eurasia for decades to come.

China’s road or the Western way: whose economic development model will prevail?

  • Thu, 01/14/2016 - 19:32

Francis Fukuyama says the US and other governments in the West must offer alternatives to China’s massive ‘One Belt, One Road’ Eurasian infrastructure initiative

Journalist Ursula Gauthier in Beijing, China on December 29. PHOTO: REUTERS

Beijing, Xinjiang and the Press

  • Wed, 12/30/2015 - 21:31

China shows its lack of confidence by expelling a foreign journalist.

Chinese soldiers march in front of the Id Kah Mosque, China's largest, on July 31, 2014 in Kashgar, China.

Why China's tough, new terrorism legislation could misfire

  • Wed, 12/30/2015 - 21:10

China's sweeping new counter-terrorism legislation, which takes effect in January, may constitute a Patriot Act-like moment for the country.

Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L’Obs, looks on during an interview in her apartment in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP

China’s expulsion of French journalist underpins her repressive Uyghur policy

  • Wed, 12/30/2015 - 20:55

Beijing does not want the world to know of its horrendous crimes and abuses of human rights against the persecuted Uyghur people - how they have been made a third class citizen inside China and a minority in their own ancestral land of East Turkestan.

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