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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on January 17, 2017       © 2016 Reuters

China's Xi Is No Answer To Trump

  • Thu, 02/02/2017 - 17:39

China’s President Xi Jinping visited Davos and the United Nations office in Geneva this month, portraying himself as a defender of global order on issues ranging from climate change to peace, as the world anticipates the new Trump administration. 

Opening Plenary with Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China in Davos, January 17, 2017. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico Xi Jinping delivered the opening plenary at Davos 2017

The Obstacles to China's Bid for Soft Power

  • Mon, 01/30/2017 - 16:57

China’s president wants to be seen as leading the defense of globalization, but this will be easier said than done.

President Xi Jinping pictured earlier this month at the UN’s headquarters in Geneva. Photo: Reuters

How Xi Jinping has taken on multiple roles ... and amassed unrivalled power in China

  • Fri, 01/27/2017 - 20:31

President now has 12 posts that give him control and oversight over most areas of government, the economy and the military

Chen Quanguo visits a “convenience police-post” in Lhasa, TAR, during Chinese New Year festivities in 2012.

China Poised to Repeat Tibet Mistakes

  • Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:10

Abusive Policies Planned for Uyghur Region

Repression of the Uighurs in China: Religious or Political Issue?

  • Thu, 01/12/2017 - 19:30

The Chinese authorities launched a strong campaign against terrorism, with several restrictions to discriminate Muslims. The reason that led China to suppress much of the Uyghurs' freedom is not an aversion to Islam. Instead, its phobia is towards the threat of a loss of authority over its territory.

Rectifying Islam: Oppression of the Uighurs

  • Thu, 01/12/2017 - 19:12

Analyzing and critiquing media coverage of education in conflict and post-conflict regions and challenging the "conflict" discourse.

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"