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“Counterterrorism” in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:51

Terrorist attacks are becoming more frequent in China’s Xinjiang province, and the Chinese government is in desperate need of a new counterterrorism strategy.

Chinese soldiers amass outside of Labrang Monastery in Gansu Province to prevent protests during Losar, the Tibetan lunar New Year festival, in February 2016 (Christophe Boisvieux/Getty Images).

The Battle for China’s Spirit

  • Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:40

Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping

Ilham Tohti

China’s imprisonment of Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti has dire consequences

  • Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:31

The nomination last week of the imprisoned Uyghur Professor Ilham Tohti for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is welcome recognition of the role this courageous individual has played in working for the fundamental rights of a beleaguered people.

Chinese soldiers march past the Id Kah Mosque, China’s largest, on July 31st, 2014, in Kashgar, China. (Photo: Getty Images)

China Is Creating an Unprecedented ‘Security State’ in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 02/23/2017 - 18:02

A scholar suggests Beijing is heightening its suppression of the Uyghur ethnic minority.

Is China’s Counterterrorism Policy in Xinjiang Working?

  • Thu, 02/23/2017 - 17:54

China’s Xinjiang experience demonstrates the perils of large-scale anti-Muslim policies.

China believes domestic tourism can promote “ethnic unity”

  • Thu, 02/23/2017 - 17:46

In Tibet and Xinjiang, its hopes are being dashed

Armed Police soldiers and armored vehicles WZ-551 in the street of Urumqi in September 4, 2009. Days before and at the time, tens of thousands of civilians demonstrated around major places in the city, against a series of the hypodermic needle attacks starting in mid-August.

China’s Self-Defeating Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:21

The correlation between regime type and the likelihood of terrorism has been a subject of scholarly attention for decades. 

Uyghur protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C., 2016


  • Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:22

Although it is officially known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the Uyghurs and their homeland are autonomous in name only.

Elliot Sperling in Beijing.

Remembering Elliot Sperling: Personal Reflections on a Public Loss

  • Thu, 02/09/2017 - 16:26

It is hard to think of Professor Elliot Sperling’s death as anything other than a colossal tragedy. 

Chen Quanguo (陈全国)

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

  • Tue, 02/07/2017 - 13:52

Under the pretext of joining the global war on terrorism, the Xi Jinping administration has imposed unprecedentedly harsh restrictions on the civil liberties and rights of the 10 million Uighurs living in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR).