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Changing Course: The Strategic Flaws of the Chinese Government’s Treatment of the Uyghur Minority

  • Fri, 05/12/2017 - 17:58

While narratives of anti-Islamic sentiments continue to dominate the American media, little airtime is given to how other parts of the world treat Muslim minorities, such as the Uyghur ethnic group in China.

Children play near a cage protecting Chinese paramilitary policemen in Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in 2014. (Ng Han Guan/AP)

Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in China. We found that the Internet fuels — and fights — this.

  • Fri, 05/12/2017 - 17:54

During the National People’s Congress in March, top officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a Muslim-majority area in northwest China, warned political leaders that terrorist activities threatened to destabilize China.

World's biggest building project aims to make China great again

  • Fri, 05/12/2017 - 17:49

The ‘Belt and Road initiative’ could see hundreds of billions spent from Mongolia to Malaysia, Thailand to Turkmenistan and Indonesia to Iran

FILE - In this April 20, 2015 file photo, municipality workers walk past a billboard showing pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, with Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain, left, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on display during a two-day visit by the Chinese president to launch an ambitious $45 billion economic corridor linking Pakistan's port city of Gwadar with western China, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

'Silk Road' plan stirs unease over China's strategic goals

  • Thu, 05/11/2017 - 20:51

In a mountain valley in Kashmir, plans are underway for Chinese engineers guarded by Pakistani forces to expand the lofty Karakoram Highway in a project that is stirring diplomatic friction with India.

A freight train laden with goods from London arrives at Yiwu railway port station in China. Photo: AFP

The centrepieces and setbacks along China’s new Silk Road

  • Wed, 05/10/2017 - 15:39

Three continents, 60-plus countries and 30 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product – on the surface the numbers of China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” sound impressive.

Xi Jinping’s Silk Road is under threat from one-way traffic

  • Tue, 05/09/2017 - 21:01

Trade must flow both ways to make the route economically and politically viable

Scenes From Xinjiang

  • Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:31

In northwestern China, the vast Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is home to nearly 22 million residents. The region is home to about 10 million Uighurs—making up roughly half of China’s 22 million Muslims.

Two ethnic Uyghur women pass Chinese paramilitary policemen. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

Surrealism Abounds in China’s Uyghur Crackdown

  • Wed, 05/03/2017 - 17:08

Mounting Islamophobia in the West has emboldened Beijing’s repression of Uyghur human rights.

Part of the list of banned ethnic minority names in Xinjiang.

Why is China Banning Baby Names and Beards in Xinjiang?

  • Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:07

Crucial to understanding China’s recent moves in the region is a piece of legislation that quietly took effect on April 1.

USCIRF Releases 2017 Annual Report

  • Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:48

Today the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2017 Annual Report on the state of religious freedom in selected countries.