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Pakistan describes its friendship with China as "higher than the Himalayas"

Is China-Pakistan 'silk road' a game-changer?

  • Wed, 04/22/2015 - 19:35

China has announced a $46bn investment plan which will largely centre on an economic corridor from Gwadar in Pakistan to Kashgar in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. The BBC's M Ilyas Khan looks at the significance of the plans.

Vehicles pass a billboard featuring Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R), Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) and his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain (L), ahead of Xi Jinping's visit to the country, in Islamabad, Pakistan, 17 April 2015. (Sohail Shahzad/EPA)

What China’s and Pakistan’s special friendship means

  • Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:16

The friendship between China and Pakistan, read billboards in Chinese and English dotting Islamabad this week, "is higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, sweeter than honey, and stronger than steel."

Corridor of power

  • Mon, 04/20/2015 - 20:12

Xi Jinping arrives, bearing gifts

Photos: Elasticitea

Souls of Uighur Folk

  • Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:32

In his 1903 classic, William Du Bois considered what he called ‘double consciousness,’ defining it as a “sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”

Carolyn Drake An apartment complex in Kashgar for Uighurs displaced by development projects, 2009

China: What the Uighurs See

  • Mon, 04/13/2015 - 19:38

Xinjiang is one of those remote places whose frequent mention in the international press stymies true understanding.

Suspected Uighurs from China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang rest inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Hat Yai, Songkla. Two police raids in January freed a total of 636 people.(Photo: Reuters)

Uighurs as the invisible victims of the international system

  • Sun, 04/12/2015 - 21:59

The situation of Uighurs in China shows that what Assad did in Syria does not stay in Syria. Methods of repression spread and embolden other regimes. If this is not be stopped it will become a model for other oppressive governments around the world

Dispatches From Xinjiang: The Future Of Uyghur Tradition In “Rahime,” A Short Film By Mukaddas Mijit

  • Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:07

In the short film Rahime, the Uyghur ethnomusicologist and filmmaker Mukaddas Mijit portrays a moment in the life of her grandmother.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin launches the Russian section of the Russia-China oil pipeline in the far eastern region of Amur, Aug. 29, 2010.

Doubts Rise on Russia-China Gas Deal

  • Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:50

Ten months after agreeing to build a natural gas pipeline to eastern China, Russia is reportedly trying to shift deliveries to a cheaper western route.

Mosques and Islamic Identities in China

  • Fri, 04/03/2015 - 00:00

This essay is part of the series “All About China”—a journey into the history and diverse culture of China through essays that shed light on the lasting imprint of China’s past encounters with the Islamic world as well as an exploration of the increasingly vibrant and complex dynamics of contemporary Sino-Middle Eastern relations.

For more than a year the authorities in Xinjiang have been campaigning against men growing beards. —Reuters

Islamophobia in China and Pakistan’s vow of silence

  • Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:31

Recently, in a country that is decidedly not France, a Muslim man has been sentenced to six years in prison for keeping a beard.