Two cooks prepare chicken at a halal restaurant in Jiayuguan in China's northwestern Gansu province in this AFP file photo. China is considering a national law to regulate halal food. (Photo by AFP)

China considering nationwide law on halal food

  • Wed, 03/23/2016 - 14:14

National standard could quell Muslim anger, lead to greater food exports

Fearful of China's reach abroad, dissidents try risky voyage

  • Tue, 03/22/2016 - 14:15

Asylum seekers languish in poverty and fear in Thailand, not knowing who to trust nor when they can be interviewed by UN refugee officials

Monitoring station at the Tian shan "Number 1 Glacier"

Xinjiang ban on glacier tourism ignores the bigger problem

  • Tue, 03/22/2016 - 14:06

Xinjiang’s ban on glacier tourism in north-western China will do little to reverse the loss of ice caused by climate change – a crucial source of water for the country and much of Asia, writes Liu Qin

The “Terror” Angle in China’s Domestic “Stability Maintenance.”

  • Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:56

The foremost aim of Chinese authorities’ “Uyghur terror-threat” mobilisation outside Xinjiang is stability among the Han majority. 

Zhou Qiang, chief of China's Supreme People's Court, bows during a session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on March 13, 2016. © 2016 Reuters

China: State Security, Terrorism Convictions Double

  • Thu, 03/17/2016 - 00:00

Prosecutions Reveal Worrying Trend, Escalating Crackdown on Dissent

10 years later, family of Canadian in Chinese prison still looking for answers

  • Thu, 03/17/2016 - 00:00

It’s been 10 years since a Canadian citizen was arrested and eventually sentenced to life in prison in China on widely condemned terrorism charges, and his wife and four young boys are still searching for answers.

A Uyghur security guard patrols a Uyghur neighborhood in Aksu prefecture of northwestern China's Xinjiang region, Apr. 17, 2015.

Uyghur Imam, Farmers Sentenced For Illegally Practicing Religion in China’s Xinjiang

  • Wed, 03/16/2016 - 21:25

Authorities in Peyshenbebazar village have detained the imam and eight farmers as part of the region’s ‘strike hard’ campaign.

Delegates arriving for the final meeting of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Credit Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Delegates Endorse China’s 5-Year Plan but Resist Saying Much Else

  • Wed, 03/16/2016 - 21:22

Not long after 8 a.m. on Wednesday, a line of buses roared onto cordoned-off Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing to drop off hundreds of delegates to the National People’s Congress. 

No Tolerance for ‘Wild Imams’ in China – But ‘Weibo Imams’ are Thriving

  • Tue, 03/15/2016 - 22:09

This week, Weibo netizens voiced their anger about what they deemed an unfair trial for a Xinjiang imam by the District Court. Chinese authorities have no tolerance for what they call ‘wild imams’ – but online imams are thriving on Weibo.

How China addresses national security in its latest 5-year plan

  • Tue, 03/15/2016 - 21:23

A key feature of China’s recent draft of its 13th Five-Year Plan is that it devotes a whole chapter to “Building  A National Security System.”