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The desert sun shines above the Taklimakan Desert east of Hotan in Xinjiang in October 2006. Photo: AFP

Chinese engineers plan 1,000km tunnel to make Xinjiang desert bloom

  • Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:03

Chinese engineers are testing techniques that could be used to build a 1,000km tunnel – the world’s longest – to carry water from Tibet to Xinjiang, experts involved in the project say.

China's President Xi Jinping claps after his speech as he and other new Politburo Standing Committee members meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 25, 2017.

Inside China’s secret ‘magic weapon’ for worldwide influence

  • Fri, 10/27/2017 - 15:51

On the Google map of Beijing there is an empty quarter, an urban block next to the Communist party's leadership compound in which few of the buildings are named.

A painting by Hong Nian Zhang showing Ming dynasty mariner Zheng He with his fleet of trading ships, late twentieth century

China’s Silk Road Illusions

  • Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:02

The singular contribution of the man now vying for a place next to Mao in the pantheon of Chinese leaders, Xi Jinping, is the One Belt, One Road project. It was a public relations triumph: Mao destroyed the old order, Deng Xiaoping laid the foundations of a modern economy, Xi is making China great again.

China’s Communist Party is all in on the power of technology

  • Wed, 10/25/2017 - 16:59

In the southern Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen, young men and women dart in and out of gleaming silver high rises that house offices for countless local startups in the city’s Nanshan neighborhood.

The Double Edged Sword of Chinese Counterterrorism Efforts

  • Tue, 10/24/2017 - 15:10

Just last month, Chinese officials ordered Chinese Muslims in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to hand over copies of the Quran and other religious materials as part of a crackdown on “extremists.”

The 19th Party Congress: A Rare Glimpse of the United Front Work Department

  • Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:50

“The United Front (UF) is an important magic weapon for the the party’s victory.”

Political cartoon depicting the detention of Uyghur students in Egypt, and in some cases their deportation, at the apparent behest of the Chinese government. Image Credit: Credit: Rebel Pepper/Radio Free Asia.

Political Struggles at Home Shape Beijing’s Meddling Abroad

  • Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:14

As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prepares for its 19th Congress on October 18, restrictions on day-to-day freedoms in the country are becoming more intrusive.

The Human Costs of Controlling Xinjiang

  • Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:31

Beijing has strong incentives to exert control in Xinjiang. The Uyghurs pay the price.

China Pushes ‘Human Rights With Chinese Characteristics’ at the UN

  • Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:25

In January 2017, after his success at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Xi Jinping traveled to Geneva to deliver a rare, invitation-only speech at the UN’s Palais des Nations.

Muhetar Rouzi in an undated photo.

‘My Worst Fear is That he Has Been Taken Back to China’

  • Tue, 10/03/2017 - 18:51

The wife of a Uyghur student who went missing in Egypt says China may have ordered his deportation.