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Chinese mourners lighting candles at the scene of the attack at the main train station in Kunming. Photographer: STR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Was Chinese train massacre 'terrorism'?

  • Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:00

The Chinese howling about how Westerners are portraying Saturday night’s horrific slaughter at the Kunming train station have a point: It’s pretty hard not to call an unprovoked attack by 10 black-clad, sword-wielding assailants on a crowd of innocent civilians -- in which 29 victims died and 143 were wounded -- anything but a terrorist attack.

Too late: Chinese police in Kunming

One country’s terrorist, another’s freedom fighter: the Chinese edition

  • Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:35

Full Comment’s Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily round-up of quality punditry from across the globe. Today: China’s response to the deaths of more than 30 people in Kunming provides a revealing glimpse into Beijing’s mindset.

Ilham Tohti

Free Ilham Tohti

  • Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:28

The most surprising thing about Ilham Tohti being charged with separatism is that it didn’t happen sooner.

Image Credit: Flickr/ US Department of State

Do US Comments on China’s Human Rights Make a Difference?

  • Fri, 02/28/2014 - 21:20

US comments on human rights in China aren’t expected to change anything. Instead, they reveal the core of US-China distrust.

The Dream Team: Ilham Tohti, Uyghur; Tybetanka Oser, Tibetan; Ai Weiwei, Han. Beijing, May 19, 2013.

China: Further information: Uighur scholar at risk of death sentence: Ilham Tohti

  • Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:32

Prominent Uighur scholar, Ilham Tohti, has been formally arrested and charged with “separatism” in China.

Tensions in Tibet and Xinjiang: time on China's side?

  • Sat, 02/22/2014 - 18:09

A senior Chinese official has warned the West against meddling in his country’s domestic affairs. Zhu Weiqun said that China has “time on its side” to win over Western opinion to its point of view on the restive regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.

Joining forces for freedom

  • Wed, 02/12/2014 - 21:07

PEOPLE can usually recognise an egregious violation of religious freedom when they see one.

A statue of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire, in Ulaanbatar, Mongolia. Credit: Peter Zachar/Dreamstime

Genghis Khan, Founder of Mongol Empire: Facts & Biography

  • Tue, 02/11/2014 - 19:21

Genghis Khan was a 13th-century warrior in central Asia who founded the Mongol Empire, one of the largest empires in history.

The Human Face of the Free Expression Crackdown in China

  • Fri, 02/07/2014 - 18:09

What would you do if your publisher was detained after something so innocuous as delivering a can of paint to a friend?

Xinjiang Trouble Echoes in Kyrgyzstan

  • Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:39

A recent shootout near the Chinese border raises questions.