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Xie Yanyi, one of the lawyers detained in the 709 crackdown. Credit Giulia Marchi for The New York Times

The Lonely Crusade of China’s Human Rights Lawyers

  • Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:40

As the global spotlight on the nation’s domestic policies has dimmed, lawyers for dissidents increasingly face a terrible choice: acquiescence or imprisonment.

The Uyghur Exodus?

  • Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:51

Surely, I am not a believer of the idea that history repeats itself. For this idea simply presupposes the existence of an underlying cause that necessitates repeated happenings of certain events in history.

China makes Pakistan an offer it cannot refuse

  • Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:35

A leg-up from an all-weather friend

How will the CPEC Affect the Xinjiang Conflict and Terrorism in China?

  • Tue, 07/11/2017 - 19:03

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Initiative helmed by the People’s Republic of China proposes an array of infrastructure projects that connect the territory of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in China to Pakistan.

The old town of Kashgar, the western edge of Xinjiang Autonomous Region.  EPA/How Hwee Young

How to gauge China’s development in its ethnic minority regions? Watch it light up from space

  • Tue, 07/11/2017 - 18:59

China’s ethnic “problems” get a lot of attention from the outside world. Whatever their political leanings, Westerners can find something interesting to read about China’s treatment of its ethnic minorities, whether on...

China’s Newest Censorship Methods on Display

  • Fri, 07/07/2017 - 15:31

A month riddled with perilous anniversaries offers a showcase for the Communist Party’s upgraded internet controls.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia: insurmountable obstacles and unmanageable risks?

  • Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:36

At the mid-May Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) summit in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion to expand transportation links and infrastructure between Asia, Africa and Europe, showcasing his commitment to the massive project.

The dark side of China’s national renewal

  • Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:29

The race-based ideas of the country’s leaders have unwelcome historical echoes

Ethnic Uighur women grieve for their men, 7 July 2009, who they believe were taken away by the Chinese authorities following bloody clashes in Urumqi two days previously

China has not won the heart of its minorities

  • Wed, 06/21/2017 - 18:28

On June 1, the Information Office of China’s State Council (Cabinet) published a White Paper (WP) entitled “Freedom of religious belief protected in Xinjiang.”

Graffiti in the rubble of the Uyghur migrant neighborhood of Heijia Shan, or Black Shell Mountain, after it became the site of urban cleansing in 2014.

The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia: Culture on the Fringes

  • Fri, 06/16/2017 - 15:46

I first came to Xinjiang in 2001. At the time I was in the second year of an undergraduate program in photojournalism in my home state of Ohio.