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Living Without Internet for a Year (the REAL Story)

  • Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:38

My Dearest Xinhua, I just wanted to write a personal thank-you for your recent article about the year-long internet blackout here in Xinjiang.

Image Credit: REUTERS/Chen Aizhu

China’s Delicate Pursuit of Natural Gas

  • Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:00

As it seeks to reduce its dependence on coal, Beijing’s return to the Silk Road raises some unfamiliar security concerns.

From left to right: Ilham, wife and Woeser, seven days before Ilham’s arrest. Photo from the Tibetan writer Woeser’s Twitter account @degewa.

My Ideals and the Career Path I Have Chosen

  • Mon, 04/07/2014 - 20:16

On January 15, 2014, Chinese authorities arrested Ilham Tohti, a Uighur economics professor at the prestigious Minzu University in Beijing. Authorities formally charged him with separatism on February 25, and have so far denied him access to his attorney.

Mr Xi Jinping at a ceremony in Belgium with King Philippe (front right) last week during his visit to Europe. Photo: Reuters

Foreign political models could be catastrophic for China: Xi

  • Wed, 04/02/2014 - 22:18

China experimented with various political systems, including multi-party democracy, but they did not work, President Xi Jinping said during a visit to Europe, warning that copying foreign political or development models could be catastrophic.

Sorry, China Isn’t Winning in Ukraine

  • Wed, 04/02/2014 - 20:45

The argument that the Ukraine crisis presents a huge opportunity for Beijing is critically flawed.

Uighur men gather at a live animal market in Hotan, Xinjiang, in northwestern China, on Nov. 7, 2013. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Q&A: China is trying to frame its crackdown on Uyghur extremists as its own war on terror

  • Mon, 03/31/2014 - 20:17

Beijing blamed Uyghurs for the deadly stabbing frenzy at a train station in southwestern China in March. Experts warn its response could make things worse.

China’s Westward Expansion and its Discontents

  • Mon, 03/31/2014 - 20:12

In southwestern China, the site of a recent terrorist attack recalls forgotten ethnic violence from generations ago

Women protest in front of an official government media tour in Urumqi one day after they said police rounded up 300 men in their neighborhood, a hot spot during the July 5, 2009

Beijing Finds Neither ‘Iron-Fisted Rule’ Nor Development Bring Order to Xinjiang

  • Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:46

On March 1, a group of Uighurs from Xinjiang attacked the Kunming train station in southwest China using foot-long knives, killing 29 and injuring 143. The terror attack, popularly referred to as “China’s 9/11,” is a spillover from Xinjiang’s internal conflict.

Paramilitary police patrolled a street near the Kunming train station after a deadly knifing rampage on March 1 that Chinese officials blamed on Xinjiang separatists.

Fissures in China’s Ethnic Policy

  • Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:55

The Chinese man spying on the daughter of a prominent political prisoner at the United Nations in Geneva last week probably didn’t expect to be expelled from the international body.

Clocks Square Off in Chinese-occupied Territory

  • Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:20

Waking up every morning to a pile of emails sent from the Asia, Europe, and Africa makes me think about time zones.