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Chinese police patrol outside the court where the Kunming railway station bombers were tried. Photo: AP Photo: AP

The Xinjiang calculus

  • Thu, 01/07/2016 - 20:12

China's National People's Congress unanimously passed the country's first counter-terrorism law on December 27. The new law has been hailed by some Chinese commentators as an "unambiguous legal document" that "conforms to the new developments in the global fight against terrorism" and as a tool to "help fight terrorism at home and help maintain global security". 

Stop the Killings - Front Line Defenders Annual Report 2016

  • Wed, 01/06/2016 - 21:13

Front Line Defenders reports that 156 HRDs were killed or died in detention in 25 countries in the first eleven months of 2015.

At the Santiago, Chile headquarters of the Confucius Institute

How China Tries To Censor The Whole World Read the full article: How China Tries To Censor The Whole World

  • Tue, 01/05/2016 - 18:49

Already very active within the country, Chinese censorship is now being applied outside its borders, and via the Internet. What are the implications for China, and the rest of us?

Children are among Uyghurs held at an immigration center in southern Thailand, March 14, 2014.

The Uyghurs’ lifesaving escape route to Turkey is not a ratline Mr. Seymour Hersh

  • Mon, 12/28/2015 - 19:20

Pulitzer winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s latest article on the Syria tragedy, in which he alleges that Pentagon leaders, including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey, conducted a secret alliance with Assad and Putin to undermine Obama, sent shockwaves around the internet.

A Russian warplane that was shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Nov. 24. Turkey wanted to produce a missile system with China, in part to reduce its dependence on patrolling jet fighters. Credit Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images

China Plans a New Silk Road, but Trade Partners Are Wary

  • Mon, 12/28/2015 - 19:03

Beijing’s effort to revive ancient trade routes is causing geopolitical strains, with countries like Turkey increasingly worried about becoming too dependent on China.

Image Credit: REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool

The Emerging China-Kazakhstan Defense Relationship

  • Wed, 12/23/2015 - 20:19

What was once an adversarial relationship is giving way to a strategic partnership.

A war on terror with Chinese characteristics

  • Mon, 12/21/2015 - 18:40

Thanks to its insulation from the outside world, a powerful repressing apparatus and its “third world” status, China was long free of major terror attacks. 

2015 Lantos Human Rights Prize Video - Irshad Manji, Rebiya Kadeer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  • Thu, 12/17/2015 - 19:13

Three women of Muslim heritage receive the Lantos Human Rights prize on Thursday (December 10).

The aptly named Ya’ou (Asia-Europe) Boulevard, part of the Western Europe-Western China Highway which will soon stretch from the east coast of China to St. Petersburg, Russia, runs through the center of Horgos. The border with Kazakhstan is in the background. Image Credit: Wade Shepard

The Complex Impact of Urbanization in Xinjiang

  • Wed, 12/16/2015 - 13:58

There’s a logic to China’s urbanization scheme, but its social and cultural impacts are complex.

David Mulroney, president of the University of St. Michael’s College, was Canada’s ambassador to China from 2009-2012.

How to deal with China on human rights

  • Wed, 12/16/2015 - 13:51

An incident at a Thai detention centre last month offers an example of China’s growing reach and influence. It’s also a reminder of how difficult it is going to be for us to manage a positive relationship with China without losing sight of core Canadian interests. Difficult, but not impossible.

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