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Sunnylands Summit: US-China Relations in Obama’s Second Term

  • Tue, 06/04/2013 - 00:00

President Barack Obama will host President Xi Jinping at Sunnylands, the California estate of the late Walter and Leonore Annenberg, for two days of informal talks on June 7-8.

 A Uighur woman sewing in her home in the old town of Kashgar, in southwestern Xinjiang. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency

China’s Ethnic Song and Dance

  • Fri, 05/31/2013 - 00:00

In China’s worst single outburst of ethnic violence in four years, 21 people died last month in the far western region of Xinjiang. But never mind that.

Circling the wagons

  • Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:28

In a region plagued by ethnic strife, the growth of immigrant-dominated settlements is adding to the tension

Portraits of Uighurs, China's Embattled Muslim Minority

  • Thu, 05/23/2013 - 00:00

Photographer Eleanor Moseman shows the daily lives of a people native the Xinjiang region, whom the country's majority population tends to treat with suspicion.

Photo: unknown, a mosque in Kashger. Banner: It’s prohibited for the following people to go to the mosques to practice religion: 1) Communist Party members, 2) Government employees and retirees, 3) Under 18, 4) Cadres, 5) Women

Sacred Right Defiled: A Former Imam Discusses Uyghur Religious Freedom

  • Wed, 05/22/2013 - 00:00

Late in 2012, in an undisclosed location and over cups of sweet tea, I sat down with a former Imam to talk about Uyghur religious freedom in China.

Red Tape: Chinese Government Regulation of Uyghur Religious Freedom

  • Mon, 05/20/2013 - 12:13

It is Ramadan. The Chinese government has mandated all restaurants remain open for business during fasting hours.

Honor U.S. values and interests: Back religious freedom abroad

  • Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:54

Fifteen years ago, on May 14, 1998, U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a landmark effort to promote a pivotal human right abroad. In October of that year, the Senate also acted and President Clinton signed the International Religious Freedom Act, or IRFA, into law.

Endangered Daughters

  • Fri, 05/10/2013 - 21:41

Middle-grade and adult fiction share territory largely ignored by young adult literature: the exploration of countries and eras beyond the borders of the contemporary teenager’s navel.

China's expanding core interests

  • Fri, 05/10/2013 - 21:13

Now that the 'tent confrontation` in Ladakh is over and politicians' call to "drive out" the Chinese has died down, the story will disappear from the front pages.

Photo documentary: The Uyghur people in Kashgar’s maze of alleys

  • Tue, 05/07/2013 - 22:04

In 2009, development of Kashgar’s old town accelerated after the revelations of the deadly role of faulty architecture during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.