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How China’s “sharp power” is muting criticism abroad

  • Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:23

And stealthily trying to shape public opinion in its favour

Uyghur intellectual Abdurehim Äysa (1913-58), driven to suicide during the campaign against local nationalism. Source: Radio Free Asia.

Soviet archives reveal a turning point in the Chinese Communist Party’s relationship with Uyghur and Kazakh elites in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:03

Beginning in early 1957, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) embarked on a campaign to “rectify its style of work” (zhengdun zuofeng 整顿作风, or simply zhengfeng 整风), reviving methods of self-criticism and purge that had been pioneered in Yan’an in the 1940s.

Xi Jinping and the cult of personality

  • Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:54

Promotion of Chinese president as a national savior is being accompanied by the Party's suppression of religion

Children, part of a group of asylum seekers, sit in a truck as Thai immigration officials escort them to a court in Songkhla, southern Thailand, on March 15, 2014 Tuwaedaniya Meringing—AFP/Getty Images

Don’t deport Uighurs

  • Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:02

The Uighur community have long suffered oppression and discrimination, and Thailand’s request to apprehend and return Uighurs who might have entered Malaysia is a timely reminder that we need a just and compassionate refugee policy.

Jürgen Stock

Letter from HRW To Interpol Secretary General Stock

  • Wed, 11/08/2017 - 18:26

Re: Concerns Regarding Interpol and China

A desert road near Kuqa, 2016, courtesy of Meredith Peng

An Unholy Trinity: Xinjiang’s Unhealthy Relationship With Coal, Water, and the Quest for Development

  • Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:13

Sitting shotgun in a beat-up vehicle en route to Tashkorgan a small town in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, I soaked in the magnificence—or what I could see through the dust-coated windshield.

Uighurs have culturally little in common with the Han Chinese. (Author's own image)

The Wilful Destruction of Uighur Culture

  • Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:44

“Are there any Uighurs on this train?” asked the policeman. Yes, there were, and they all had to show their ID’s and open their bags for inspection. 

Uyghur Migrant Life in the City During the “People’s War”

  • Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:11

In May 2014 the Chinese state declared a “People’s War on Terror.” This war was directed at what was perceived to be the Islamic “extremism” of young Uyghur men and women.

People ride tricycle carts past a poster featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping along a street in Beijing. China’s ruling Communist Party has praised President Xi as a Marxist thinker, adding to intense propaganda promoting Xi’s personal image as he begins a second five-year term as leader. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China’s Xi sets his sights on the world

  • Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:23

When the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress drew to a close recently, President Xi Jinping emerged, as intended, with a steely new grip on power.

Uighurs pray at the Id Kah Mosque in Xinjiang, China. Photo: Preston Rhea/Flickr

China’s ‘War on Terror’ Might Bring About a Real Terror Threat

  • Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:09

In the beginning of the fall, the Chinese government resorted to repressive measures against Uighurs, the country’s Muslim minority