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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.”

Cracks in China’s New Silk Road

  • Tue, 03/15/2016 - 21:26

Francis Fukuyama recently argued that President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) strategy ‘represents a striking departure in Chinese policy’ whereby Beijing is ‘seeking to export its development model to other countries.’


Comparing Tibet and Xinjiang through the structural dimensions of socio-economic change

  • Mon, 03/14/2016 - 19:25

The similarities between Tibet and Xinjiang are compelling in many respects. 

What Explains the Rise of Ethnic Minority Tensions in China?

  • Fri, 03/11/2016 - 20:01

Ethnic minority tensions have been on the rise in mainland China. In mid-September 2015, a knife-wielding attack in Aksu, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) claimed the lives of nearly 50 individuals and injured another 50.