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China’s ruling party ‘struggles for a new normal’

  • Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:23

Two remarkable documents emerged from China last week, notes ChinaFile: the first is the essay “A Thousand Yes-Men Cannot Equal One Honest Advisor” which appeared on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Precious Little Space for Uyghur or Tibetan Grievances

  • Mon, 03/21/2016 - 00:00

It’s already been many years since anyone seriously asserted that continuing political liberalization would be the certain result of economic growth in post-Mao China.

The “Terror” Angle in China’s Domestic “Stability Maintenance.”

  • Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:56

The foremost aim of Chinese authorities’ “Uyghur terror-threat” mobilisation outside Xinjiang is stability among the Han majority. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with media in a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani after their meeting at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Chinese website publishes, then pulls, explosive letter calling for President Xi’s resignation

  • Thu, 03/17/2016 - 00:00

Two weeks after China’s President toured state media offices and called for absolute loyalty from the press, a website with links to the government published an explosive letter asking him to resign “for the future of the country and the people.”

Cracks in China’s New Silk Road

  • Tue, 03/15/2016 - 21:26

Francis Fukuyama recently argued that President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) strategy ‘represents a striking departure in Chinese policy’ whereby Beijing is ‘seeking to export its development model to other countries.’


Comparing Tibet and Xinjiang through the structural dimensions of socio-economic change

  • Mon, 03/14/2016 - 19:25

The similarities between Tibet and Xinjiang are compelling in many respects. 

What Explains the Rise of Ethnic Minority Tensions in China?

  • Fri, 03/11/2016 - 20:01

Ethnic minority tensions have been on the rise in mainland China. In mid-September 2015, a knife-wielding attack in Aksu, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) claimed the lives of nearly 50 individuals and injured another 50. 

Learning Party-speak: What the New Textbook for Dislocated Minority Students Tells us about China

  • Wed, 03/09/2016 - 21:50

Since 1980 the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been uprooting Tibetan, Uyghur and other minority youths from their communities in Western China and schooling them in the language and culture of the Han majority in eastern and coastal cities thousands of kilometres away.

A police officer gestured as she asked reporters to leave the vicinity of the courthouse in Beijing where the journalist Gao Yu was put on trial on Nov. 21. Many foreign correspondents say it is increasingly difficult to carry out their work in China.Credit Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

How China Won the War Against Western Media

  • Mon, 03/07/2016 - 20:32

The one-two punch of censorship plus propaganda has discredited Western journalism in the eyes of many Chinese.

Spatial Results of the 2010 Census in Xinjiang

  • Mon, 03/07/2016 - 20:26

In this entry, I profile the spatial pattern ofminzu (ethnicity) and population of the 2010 census of Xinjiang.