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David Mulroney, president of the University of St. Michael’s College, was Canada’s ambassador to China from 2009-2012.

How to deal with China on human rights

  • Wed, 12/16/2015 - 13:51

An incident at a Thai detention centre last month offers an example of China’s growing reach and influence. It’s also a reminder of how difficult it is going to be for us to manage a positive relationship with China without losing sight of core Canadian interests. Difficult, but not impossible.

The Wild Pigeon: Rejection of a Cage Life

  • Tue, 12/15/2015 - 21:59

Uyghur writer Nurmuhemmet Yasin’s poignant beast fable led to his imprisonment by the Chinese government on charges of inciting separatism.

Dispatches From Xinjiang: Uyghurs And “Terrorism”

  • Tue, 12/15/2015 - 21:45

In a recent article James Leibold, a scholar at La Trobe University in Australia, discussed the way ethnic minority struggles against police and structural violence has often been officially mislabeled “terrorism.”


  • Fri, 12/11/2015 - 00:00

As the U.S. Ambassador to China, I count myself lucky to work with China every day.

Profiling and Harassment Crossing Borders in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 12/10/2015 - 22:35

Crossing borders in and out of Xinjiang proved to be unexpectedly problematic. Is this a sign of challenges to come as I continue traveling along the New Silk Road?

A Muslim Minority Keeps Clashing With the 'China Dream' in the Country's Increasingly Wild West

  • Tue, 12/08/2015 - 20:21

Zhou* didn't expect Kashgar to give him a cough. Before moving to the ancient city in China's Xinjiang province a month ago, the 29-year-old Han migrant had steeled himself for ethnic tensions, violence, and culture shock in the country's far west.

China evades questions about its record on torture, the lack of independence of its judiciary, or the fact that many of its laws violate universal human rights. Photograph: AP

We should not trust China over the forcible return of its citizens

  • Tue, 12/08/2015 - 20:02

Beijing is eroding key principles of international law by returning its citizens against their will to a country where they may face persecution

Xinjiang, Terror, and China’s Contempt for Freedom of the Press

  • Thu, 12/03/2015 - 18:46

There’s a reason why China ranks No. 176 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders 2015 World Press Freedom Index, only better than Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Syria.

In Sost, a border town in northern Pakistan, the new Silk Road is under construction, a giant project China depicts as a way to extend economic development to its troubled inland neighbors. PHOTO: AAMIR QURESHI/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Can Beijing Sell Silk Road as a Marshall Plan Against Terror?

  • Tue, 12/01/2015 - 21:57

China needs West’s buy-in on stabilizing effects of its Silk Road project

An advertisement for an e-commerce website in Beijing. Credit Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

Notes on the China I’m Leaving Behind

  • Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:29

I GOT together at a restaurant the other night with some Chinese and expatriate friends. While bossa nova played in the background, we sipped French merlot and snapped iPhone photos of one another making goofy faces.