Commentary

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Exploiting Terrorism as a Pretext for Repression

  • Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:01
By Mark P. Lagon And Arch Puddington

Jan. 27, 2015 6:23 p.m. ET

Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service reporter Shohret Hoshur accepts silver medal at the New York Festivals radio awards ceremony.

His Brother’s Keeper, Beijing Style

  • Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:00

Chinese authorities hunt the family of a Washington-based reporter.

Hong Kong democrats with yellow umbrellas in January 2014. Photo: HongKong/Reuters

The Chinese Empire’s Burning Peripheries

  • Tue, 01/06/2015 - 00:00

Crackdowns in Hong Kong and Xinjiang threaten Taiwan—and regional peace.

China’s empty promise of rule by law

  • Tue, 12/30/2014 - 00:00

During the year that is drawing to a close this week, much has been made of the Communist Party of China’s new emphasis on “governing the country according to law.”

Not in our interests

  • Mon, 12/29/2014 - 00:00

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was enthusiastic about China after his recent, brief trip to the Middle Kingdom

Ilham Tohti with his wife Guzelnur Eli

Speaking to China: Why Europe needs unity on human rights

  • Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:15

This week, the EU holds the latest round of talks in its ongoing dialogue with China on the issue of human rights. One obvious topic for the agenda is the case of Ilham Tohti.

Suspected Turkish migrants sit after being detained at a rubber plantation in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province southern Thailand Thursday, March 13, 2014. AP Photo

Repatriating Uighurs could come back to haunt us

  • Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:48

Beijing's crackdown on the ethnic group is creating anger across the Islamic world; Thailand risks a backlash if it sends refugees back to China

More than 200 Uyghurs are being held at an immigration center near Thailand's southern city of Hat Yai's international airport after they were detained in a secret camp in a mountainous rubber plantation in Songkhla province on March 12.

Traffickers hit new lows

  • Wed, 11/19/2014 - 22:00

Recent attention has focused on the seemingly never-ending flow of refugees and distressed people seeking shelter in Thailand. The Chinese government on Sunday demanded that Thailand send more than 200 suspected Uighurs back home.

EU must act to stop China's crackdown on Uighurs

  • Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:57

China is tightening its grip on ethnic minorities and violence is escalating in the fight for autonomy, says Josep-Maria Terricabras.

Ilham Tohti

China Punishes a Scholar

  • Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:51

China’s repressive policies against Uighurs, a minority, were on shocking display recently when Ilham Tohti, a scholarly defender of his people’s human rights, was sentenced to life in prison for “separatism” — his entirely reasonable and far from violent criticisms of the central government.

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