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Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with media in a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani after their meeting at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Chinese website publishes, then pulls, explosive letter calling for President Xi’s resignation

  • Thu, 03/17/2016 - 00:00

Two weeks after China’s President toured state media offices and called for absolute loyalty from the press, a website with links to the government published an explosive letter asking him to resign “for the future of the country and the people.”

Cracks in China’s New Silk Road

  • Tue, 03/15/2016 - 21:26

Francis Fukuyama recently argued that President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) strategy ‘represents a striking departure in Chinese policy’ whereby Beijing is ‘seeking to export its development model to other countries.’


Comparing Tibet and Xinjiang through the structural dimensions of socio-economic change

  • Mon, 03/14/2016 - 19:25

The similarities between Tibet and Xinjiang are compelling in many respects. 

What Explains the Rise of Ethnic Minority Tensions in China?

  • Fri, 03/11/2016 - 20:01

Ethnic minority tensions have been on the rise in mainland China. In mid-September 2015, a knife-wielding attack in Aksu, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) claimed the lives of nearly 50 individuals and injured another 50. 

Learning Party-speak: What the New Textbook for Dislocated Minority Students Tells us about China

  • Wed, 03/09/2016 - 21:50

Since 1980 the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been uprooting Tibetan, Uyghur and other minority youths from their communities in Western China and schooling them in the language and culture of the Han majority in eastern and coastal cities thousands of kilometres away.

A police officer gestured as she asked reporters to leave the vicinity of the courthouse in Beijing where the journalist Gao Yu was put on trial on Nov. 21. Many foreign correspondents say it is increasingly difficult to carry out their work in China.Credit Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

How China Won the War Against Western Media

  • Mon, 03/07/2016 - 20:32

The one-two punch of censorship plus propaganda has discredited Western journalism in the eyes of many Chinese.

Spatial Results of the 2010 Census in Xinjiang

  • Mon, 03/07/2016 - 20:26

In this entry, I profile the spatial pattern ofminzu (ethnicity) and population of the 2010 census of Xinjiang. 

China Is a Bully We Need to Stand Up To - Because No One Is Safe in China Today

  • Tue, 03/01/2016 - 21:30

Twenty-four years ago, I went to China to teach English. I was eighteen years old, and it was just three years after the Tiananmen massacre

Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L'Obs, crosses the security gate at the airport in Beijing before she takes her flight back to France, Dec. 31, 2015.

Interview: 'You Cannot Call that Terrorist Simply Because Many People Died'

  • Thu, 02/25/2016 - 21:36

French journalist expelled by China describes her fight against official manipulation of information about the troubled Xinjiang region.

‘Reform’ in China and the rise of rule by fear

  • Mon, 02/22/2016 - 18:42

In the course of my research on Chinese human rights lawyers over the past several years, I got to hear a lot about the techniques the government allegedly uses to control them.