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China Shutters Entertainment News Sites, Citing ‘Socialist Values’ and Cybersecurity

  • Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:10

Major social media platform operators including Weibo, WeChat, Youku, Baidu and Netease shut down a large number of social media entertainment news outlets after a June 7 meeting with Beijing's Office of Cyberspace Affairs.

Young Pioneers of China standing honour guard at the Monument to the People's Heroes at Tiananmen Square (Photo: CEphoto/Uwe Aranas)

Could China go the way of the USSR?

  • Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:01

Could China be witnessing the beginnings of its own end? The vast majority of commentators say the chances are slim. Indeed, most are as dismissive of China-sceptics as Nikita Krushchev was of USSR doomsayers in the 1950s.

Sky Views: China's consequence free crackdown

  • Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:57

In Xinjiang, authorities have banned the region's Uighur Muslims from wearing veils or growing "abnormal beards".

China’s dangerous ethnic policies in Xinjiang

  • Mon, 06/12/2017 - 15:34

In the latest tightening of the screws on China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, authorities have banned the use of several baby names, including Muhammad, Haji, Islam and Imam.

Uyghur anti-China protest outside the White House in Washington, D.C., July 10, 2009 (User Malcolm Brown, Flickr Commons)

I Am Uyghur and I Will Protest

  • Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:27

One member of the Uyghur diaspora explains why Uyghurs abroad raise their banners outside Chinese embassies.

A Mass “Anti-Noise” Rally at Xinjiang University on May 10, 2017.

Uyghur Names as Signal and Noise

  • Mon, 06/05/2017 - 21:38

On May 10, 2017, Xinjiang University, the largest university in the Uyghur Autonomous Region, held a mass rally in the school’s sports complex

A police station in Taxkorgan. In the Xinjiang area most cities and towns have police stations on every block.

China looks to resurrect road of past — minus the freedom

  • Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:42

My recent participation in the Silk Road Expedition 2017 was fascinating in many ways. In my four dispatches from the Silk Road for The Blade, I had reported on our travel on the Silk Road from Shanghai in the east to Kashgar in the southwest where ancient trade routes from Europe, Central Asia, and Pakistan converged.

President Xi Jinping of China addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Sept. 28, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Mike Segar

How China Wound up Outside the International Human Rights Debate

  • Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:16

As China’s global role grows, it’s increasingly important to speak out about the country’s human rights issues.

CASC showcased its latest CH-5 with four AR-1 and four AR-2 guided anti-armour weapons as underwing stores on each wing at Airshow China 2016, giving it an impressive 16-missile arsenal. Source: IHS/Kelvin Wong

China’s Employment of Unmanned Systems: Across the Spectrum from Peacetime to Wartime

  • Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:32

While China has become a driving force for the proliferation of UAVs worldwide through its extensive and increasing exports, China’s own use of these systems could also influence global norms regarding their employment.

A Uygur woman at a bazaar in Kashgar, in China’s western Xinjiang region. Photo: AFP


  • Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:23

Two Muslim communities who fled persecution in China decades ago have found themselves at the centre of further conflict – this time on the border of Pakistan and India