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The old town of Kashgar, the western edge of Xinjiang Autonomous Region.  EPA/How Hwee Young

How to gauge China’s development in its ethnic minority regions? Watch it light up from space

  • Tue, 07/11/2017 - 18:59

China’s ethnic “problems” get a lot of attention from the outside world. Whatever their political leanings, Westerners can find something interesting to read about China’s treatment of its ethnic minorities, whether on...

China’s Newest Censorship Methods on Display

  • Fri, 07/07/2017 - 15:31

A month riddled with perilous anniversaries offers a showcase for the Communist Party’s upgraded internet controls.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia: insurmountable obstacles and unmanageable risks?

  • Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:36

At the mid-May Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) summit in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion to expand transportation links and infrastructure between Asia, Africa and Europe, showcasing his commitment to the massive project.

The dark side of China’s national renewal

  • Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:29

The race-based ideas of the country’s leaders have unwelcome historical echoes

Ethnic Uighur women grieve for their men, 7 July 2009, who they believe were taken away by the Chinese authorities following bloody clashes in Urumqi two days previously

China has not won the heart of its minorities

  • Wed, 06/21/2017 - 18:28

On June 1, the Information Office of China’s State Council (Cabinet) published a White Paper (WP) entitled “Freedom of religious belief protected in Xinjiang.”

Graffiti in the rubble of the Uyghur migrant neighborhood of Heijia Shan, or Black Shell Mountain, after it became the site of urban cleansing in 2014.

The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia: Culture on the Fringes

  • Fri, 06/16/2017 - 15:46

I first came to Xinjiang in 2001. At the time I was in the second year of an undergraduate program in photojournalism in my home state of Ohio.

A large number of entertainment news outlets on WeChat have been shut down. This notice from WeChat reads: This public account has been banned and content inaccessible. We've received complains that that this account has violated “Interim Provisions on the Administration of the Development of Public Information Services Provided through Instant Messaging Tools.” Image via the Initium, licensed for non-commercial use.

China Shutters Entertainment News Sites, Citing ‘Socialist Values’ and Cybersecurity

  • Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:10

Major social media platform operators including Weibo, WeChat, Youku, Baidu and Netease shut down a large number of social media entertainment news outlets after a June 7 meeting with Beijing's Office of Cyberspace Affairs.

Young Pioneers of China standing honour guard at the Monument to the People's Heroes at Tiananmen Square (Photo: CEphoto/Uwe Aranas)

Could China go the way of the USSR?

  • Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:01

Could China be witnessing the beginnings of its own end? The vast majority of commentators say the chances are slim. Indeed, most are as dismissive of China-sceptics as Nikita Krushchev was of USSR doomsayers in the 1950s.

Sky Views: China's consequence free crackdown

  • Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:57

In Xinjiang, authorities have banned the region's Uighur Muslims from wearing veils or growing "abnormal beards".

China’s dangerous ethnic policies in Xinjiang

  • Mon, 06/12/2017 - 15:34

In the latest tightening of the screws on China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, authorities have banned the use of several baby names, including Muhammad, Haji, Islam and Imam.

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