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Suppress and support

  • Fri, 08/12/2016 - 18:48

The Communist Party cracks down on political activists, even as it eases up on some less sensitive legal cases

In June 2015, Turghun sat on his land near Kashgar with his 5-year-old daughter, Munise, before he and his wife, Jumagul, were to leave for Guangzhou the following day. Yuyang Liu/ChinaFile

Valuing Culture Over Money in an Ancient Chinese City

  • Wed, 08/10/2016 - 14:08

For more than two millennia, Kashgar, in far western China, has served as an oasis along the Northern Silk Road, connecting the eastern empires to central Asia, Persia and beyond.

The Persecution of China’s Muslim Uyghurs

  • Wed, 08/10/2016 - 13:58

​​​​​​It was broad daylight in a busy part of Beijing when a local doctor—a friend of mine—rear-ended the car in front of hers. 

Tajikistani President Emomali Rahmon (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping

China Quietly Displacing Both Russia and US From Central Asia

  • Fri, 08/05/2016 - 20:22

Since 1991, the influence of the Russian Federation in Central Asia has been on the decline, and many have assumed that the United States would move in to fill the resulting vacuum.

Terrorism in China: Misnomer for Minority Advocacy?

  • Wed, 08/03/2016 - 18:48

The recent attacks in France, Germany, and Belgium have received media attention, but there is little known about terrorist activity within the borders of China.

Passengers ride a subway in Beijing, 2008, amid purported threats that Turkistan Islamic Party might target buses, trains and planes during the Olympics. Greg Baker / Press Association. All rights reserved.

China’s instrumentalization of terrorism

  • Wed, 08/03/2016 - 18:45

In China too, people feel less uncomfortable when told that police on the streets are there to protect them from dangerous “others,” rather than to protect the state from them.

What’s the Future of Chinese Hacking?

  • Mon, 08/01/2016 - 18:59

After years of public reporting on the theft of intellectual property, business strategies, and trade secrets, last month the cybersecurity firm FireEye issued a reportheadlining a steep decline in Chinese cyber espionage against organizations in the US and 25 other countries.

A plainclothed police officer holds on to a lawyer for the rights activist Xu Zhiyong after he was sentenced to four years in jail by a court in Beijing © FT montage; Reuters

Xi’s China: Smothering dissent

  • Thu, 07/28/2016 - 19:53

Critics fear the erosion of civic freedoms is denying space for grievances to be aired

Chinese soldiers image via Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com

Tibet, Xinjiang, and China’s Strong State Complex

  • Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:06

China’s refusal to change its ethnic policy reflects a historical mindset.

A Uyghur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travels along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang (May 23, 2014).

Brits Blacklist East Turkestan Islamic Movement

  • Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:03

And U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice had “a candid exchange” about ETIM during her recent visit to Beijing.