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A crane winches a large red cross from one of three domes on the Guantou church in Wenzhou. The Chinese government has ordered the demolition of multiple churches around the country.

Is China An Atheist Country?

  • Thu, 08/18/2016 - 21:48

China claims that its residents are free to worship, but many religious practices are prohibited. So just how religious is China?

Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on during a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic in Belgrade, Serbia, on June 18, 2016

China’s Xi Jinping Talks Up ‘One Belt, One Road’ as Keynote Project Fizzles

  • Thu, 08/18/2016 - 21:38

The nebulous trade and infrastructure project is jeopardized by simmering regional conflicts and territorial disputes in the South China Sea

USCIRF Welcomes State Department’s IRF Report and Urges Action

  • Fri, 08/12/2016 - 18:51

Religious freedom is under attack today in many nations around the world, harming individuals and threatening the stability of societies worldwide.

Suppress and support

  • Fri, 08/12/2016 - 18:48

The Communist Party cracks down on political activists, even as it eases up on some less sensitive legal cases

In June 2015, Turghun sat on his land near Kashgar with his 5-year-old daughter, Munise, before he and his wife, Jumagul, were to leave for Guangzhou the following day. Yuyang Liu/ChinaFile

Valuing Culture Over Money in an Ancient Chinese City

  • Wed, 08/10/2016 - 14:08

For more than two millennia, Kashgar, in far western China, has served as an oasis along the Northern Silk Road, connecting the eastern empires to central Asia, Persia and beyond.

The Persecution of China’s Muslim Uyghurs

  • Wed, 08/10/2016 - 13:58

​​​​​​It was broad daylight in a busy part of Beijing when a local doctor—a friend of mine—rear-ended the car in front of hers. 

Tajikistani President Emomali Rahmon (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping

China Quietly Displacing Both Russia and US From Central Asia

  • Fri, 08/05/2016 - 20:22

Since 1991, the influence of the Russian Federation in Central Asia has been on the decline, and many have assumed that the United States would move in to fill the resulting vacuum.

Terrorism in China: Misnomer for Minority Advocacy?

  • Wed, 08/03/2016 - 18:48

The recent attacks in France, Germany, and Belgium have received media attention, but there is little known about terrorist activity within the borders of China.

Passengers ride a subway in Beijing, 2008, amid purported threats that Turkistan Islamic Party might target buses, trains and planes during the Olympics. Greg Baker / Press Association. All rights reserved.

China’s instrumentalization of terrorism

  • Wed, 08/03/2016 - 18:45

In China too, people feel less uncomfortable when told that police on the streets are there to protect them from dangerous “others,” rather than to protect the state from them.

What’s the Future of Chinese Hacking?

  • Mon, 08/01/2016 - 18:59

After years of public reporting on the theft of intellectual property, business strategies, and trade secrets, last month the cybersecurity firm FireEye issued a reportheadlining a steep decline in Chinese cyber espionage against organizations in the US and 25 other countries.