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At the Tomb of Imam Asim

  • Wed, 05/01/2013 - 21:32

Mystics seem to have a penchant for seeking out remote locations. Perhaps out-of-the-way spots are more conducive to contemplation, and they add an element of enigma when chosen as a final resting place.

China’s Black Hole

  • Mon, 04/29/2013 - 21:46

Let's face it: We have little idea what's actually going on in Xinjiang and Tibet.


  • Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:51

The largest ethnic group, the Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uighurs, has lived in China’s shadow for centuries.

The Xinjiang Perspective: In Photos

  • Wed, 04/17/2013 - 00:00

Graham Adams shares his personal observations, experiences, and conversations from around Xinjiang.

Hundreds of protestors belonging to the Chinese Uyghur Moslem miniority clash with soldiers in Urumqi, China Photo: EPA

Protest as Participation: China's Local Protest Movements

  • Wed, 04/17/2013 - 00:00

For at least the past decade, China has witnessed tens of thousands of mass social protests per year. In 2005, the last year in which Chinese authorities released figures, there were 87,000 such protests.

Gender and Ethnic Tensions in Western China

  • Fri, 04/12/2013 - 00:00

The March 2013 sentencing of 20 Uyghur men in Xinjiang, China, on terrorism- and separatism- related charges highlights ongoing frictions in China’s far west.

Four Issues Facing China

  • Tue, 04/09/2013 - 21:41

There are four fundamental issues that China’s new leaders must face: economic performance, social stability, leadership cohesion, and foreign policy.

Shutting down the internet - Thou shalt not kill

  • Thu, 04/04/2013 - 21:46

Turning off the entire internet is a nuclear option best not exercised

Is China Pivoting to the Middle East?

  • Fri, 03/29/2013 - 21:08

Chinese people have begun casting their gaze westward. But will the government follow suit?

China’s Central Asia Challenge and Opportunity

  • Tue, 03/26/2013 - 00:00

The International Crisis Group (ICG) has published an insightful study of "China’s Central Asia Problem" that underscores Beijing's vital economic and security interests in the region as well as the challenges to them.