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The road to the Kazakh border in Horgos. This is a part of the Western Europe-Western China Expressway, which goes from Lianyungang on the coast of China to St. Petersburg, Russia, and is a vital road corridor of the New Silk Road. Image: Wade Shepard.

Horgos: The First New City Of The New Silk Road Emerges As A Robot Manufacturing Hub

  • Tue, 01/10/2017 - 18:46

In the spring of 2015 I found myself walking through the streets of Horgos, a place on the Chinese side of the China/ Kazakhstan border that has recently reemerged as the first new city of the New Silk Road. 

For centuries, Uyghurs have journeyed between the different Muslim shrines dotting the Taklamakan Desert, such as this one. Now, the Chinese state has forcibly closed many of them.

Silent Prayer - The Chinese state’s siege on Uyghur ways of worship

  • Thu, 01/05/2017 - 19:06

The tomb of the Muslim saint Imam Asim lies in China’s Taklamakan Desert, at the end of a long walkway lined with poplar trees.

Xi’s Power Play Foreshadows Historic Transformation of How China Is Ruled

  • Tue, 12/27/2016 - 20:04

China’s Communist Party elite was craving a firm hand on the tiller when it chose Xi Jinping for the nation’s top job in 2012. Over the previous decade, President Hu Jintao’s power-sharing approach had led to policy drift, factional strife and corruption.

Chili placed in the form of the Chinese national flag in Heshuo county, Xinjiang province, China, September 29, 2016.

Beijing's Eyes and Ears Grow Sharper in Xinjiang

  • Sat, 12/24/2016 - 15:26

The 24-7 Patrols of China's "Convenience Police"

Suspected – A picture of Nuretin aka Abdul, one of two Uighurs believed to join with the East Indonesia Mujahiddin (MIT) terrorist group, led by Indonesia’s most wanted man Santoso aka Abu Wardah, is displayed during a press conference at the Central Sulawesi Police office in Palu on Wednesday. Nuretin was killed in a shootout between several MIT supporters and a joint police and military team in Mount Talabosa in Lore Piore district, Poso regency, on Tuesday morning. (thejakartapost.com/Ruslan Sangadji)

Framing of Uighurs as terrorist threat for Indonesia

  • Thu, 12/22/2016 - 20:48

Beijing has successfully used the securitization strategy to gradually convince most Chinese that the Uighurs, a predominately Muslim Chinese ethnic group, represent a domestic and international security threats.

Beijing’s self-fulfilling terrorism prophecy - The vicious circle of the Chinese national security state

  • Tue, 12/20/2016 - 21:33

China’s hard-line approach to Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province has been counter-productive, with the recent passport revocations part of a broader pattern of repression, Michael Clarke writes.

Mohammad Abdullah and his family estimate that fewer than 30 Uighur families still live in India [Sunaina Kumar/Al Jazeera]

For Uighur exiles, Kashmir is heaven

  • Mon, 12/19/2016 - 20:34

A second and third generation of Uighurs far removed from their Chinese homeland find home in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Rise of the Chinese National Security State Under Xi Jinping

  • Mon, 12/19/2016 - 20:18

Under Xi Jinping, domestic and external security concerns have risen to the top of China's thinking and policy priorities.

China invents the digital totalitarian state

  • Thu, 12/15/2016 - 17:41

The worrying implications of its social-credit project

How China’s repression in Xinjiang can backfire, again - Passport plan could create the problem China hopes to solve

  • Mon, 12/12/2016 - 20:20

China’s latest move against Uyghur secessionism may be unwittingly fostering the ideologies and terrorist violence that it seeks to suppress, Joshua Tschantret writes.