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Amid Signs of Xi’s Weakness, Appeals for Detained Activists Get Results

  • Thu, 04/07/2016 - 19:11

“China’s censors, secret police, and even President Xi Jinping may not be as all-powerful as they appear.”

China Targets Uyghurs with Severe Human Rights Abuses

  • Mon, 04/04/2016 - 20:15

The Uyghur people are a Turkic ethnic group whose homeland of East Turkestan is located in northwestern China.

What Lies Behind the Emerging Idea of ‘National Security with Chinese Characteristics’

  • Mon, 04/04/2016 - 20:07

Xi Jinping is trying to do the impossible – modernise China’s armed forces without spending the kind of sums that would alarm its neighbours, while simultaneously strengthening itself to deal with internal security challenges.

China’s "Belt & Road Initiative" Dilemma: To Grant or Not to Grant Chinese Muslims Their Rights

  • Fri, 04/01/2016 - 23:06

China's "Belt & Road Initiative" presents a complex challenge for the communist country to better treat their Muslim minorities, writes Patrik K. Meyer for this blog. For the ambitious undertaking to suceed as it involves Muslim countries, Meyer says China has to be more inclusive and diverse.

China’s First Anti-Terrorism Law: An Analysis

  • Tue, 03/29/2016 - 19:30

China’s recent promulgation of a series of laws, especially the new National Security Law (July 2015) and the country’s first Anti-Terrorism Law (December 2015), marks a shift towards the increased role of law in politics and governance

China's Minority Report

  • Fri, 03/25/2016 - 13:32

When Racial Harmony Means Homogenization

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.”