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China Toppling Crosses

Religious Freedom Still Under Threat in China

  • Thu, 08/25/2016 - 18:20

According to the recently released 2015 State Department International Religious Freedom Report, the Chinese government continued to exercise state control over the practice of religion.

A Newer New Frontier - Beijing’s Ambitious Plans for Xinjiang

  • Wed, 08/24/2016 - 23:39

In November 2014, the photographer Yuyang Liu saw an article in a Chinese newspaper that caught his eye. “It was the usual propaganda piece,” Liu says. “Quite superficial.” 

It’s all connected: Silk Roads old and new

  • Fri, 08/19/2016 - 21:08

Jim Millward discusses the myths, lies, truths and significance of Central Asia, Xinjiang, the Silk Road and new Chinese initiatives to revive it.

A crane winches a large red cross from one of three domes on the Guantou church in Wenzhou. The Chinese government has ordered the demolition of multiple churches around the country.

Is China An Atheist Country?

  • Thu, 08/18/2016 - 21:48

China claims that its residents are free to worship, but many religious practices are prohibited. So just how religious is China?

Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on during a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic in Belgrade, Serbia, on June 18, 2016

China’s Xi Jinping Talks Up ‘One Belt, One Road’ as Keynote Project Fizzles

  • Thu, 08/18/2016 - 21:38

The nebulous trade and infrastructure project is jeopardized by simmering regional conflicts and territorial disputes in the South China Sea

USCIRF Welcomes State Department’s IRF Report and Urges Action

  • Fri, 08/12/2016 - 18:51

Religious freedom is under attack today in many nations around the world, harming individuals and threatening the stability of societies worldwide.

Suppress and support

  • Fri, 08/12/2016 - 18:48

The Communist Party cracks down on political activists, even as it eases up on some less sensitive legal cases

In June 2015, Turghun sat on his land near Kashgar with his 5-year-old daughter, Munise, before he and his wife, Jumagul, were to leave for Guangzhou the following day. Yuyang Liu/ChinaFile

Valuing Culture Over Money in an Ancient Chinese City

  • Wed, 08/10/2016 - 14:08

For more than two millennia, Kashgar, in far western China, has served as an oasis along the Northern Silk Road, connecting the eastern empires to central Asia, Persia and beyond.

The Persecution of China’s Muslim Uyghurs

  • Wed, 08/10/2016 - 13:58

​​​​​​It was broad daylight in a busy part of Beijing when a local doctor—a friend of mine—rear-ended the car in front of hers. 

Tajikistani President Emomali Rahmon (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping

China Quietly Displacing Both Russia and US From Central Asia

  • Fri, 08/05/2016 - 20:22

Since 1991, the influence of the Russian Federation in Central Asia has been on the decline, and many have assumed that the United States would move in to fill the resulting vacuum.