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China believes domestic tourism can promote “ethnic unity”

  • Thu, 02/23/2017 - 17:46

In Tibet and Xinjiang, its hopes are being dashed

Armed Police soldiers and armored vehicles WZ-551 in the street of Urumqi in September 4, 2009. Days before and at the time, tens of thousands of civilians demonstrated around major places in the city, against a series of the hypodermic needle attacks starting in mid-August.

China’s Self-Defeating Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:21

The correlation between regime type and the likelihood of terrorism has been a subject of scholarly attention for decades. 

Uyghur protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C., 2016


  • Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:22

Although it is officially known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the Uyghurs and their homeland are autonomous in name only.

Elliot Sperling in Beijing.

Remembering Elliot Sperling: Personal Reflections on a Public Loss

  • Thu, 02/09/2017 - 16:26

It is hard to think of Professor Elliot Sperling’s death as anything other than a colossal tragedy. 

Chen Quanguo (陈全国)

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

  • Tue, 02/07/2017 - 13:52

Under the pretext of joining the global war on terrorism, the Xi Jinping administration has imposed unprecedentedly harsh restrictions on the civil liberties and rights of the 10 million Uighurs living in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). 

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, welcomes Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China. Credit: World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.

As Democracy Wavers, Will Authoritarians Fill the Void?

  • Tue, 02/07/2017 - 13:42

Faced with the steady rise of modern dictatorships, the leaders of the democratic world long consoled themselves with the notion that their societies were immune to the problems that plague authoritarian settings. 

Elliot Sperling

The Dire Consequences of the Imprisonment of Ilham Tohti

  • Mon, 02/06/2017 - 15:33

In memory of Elliot, who passed away last week. I recovered this from my email archive, dated September 17, 2016, the day after Ilham Tohti was nominated for the Sakharov Prize. It is published here for the first time.

Villagers attend a religious meeting organized by the local government in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Nov. 3, 2015. Sun Junbin for Sixth Tone

The Quiet Undercurrents of South Xinjiang

  • Fri, 02/03/2017 - 17:22

A photographer documents the daily lives — from the mundane to the invasive — of northwestern China’s Uyghur ethnic minority.

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.