Construction crews are building a metro line in Lahore, Pakistan, one of the first pieces of the new China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (Shashank Bengali / Los Angeles Times)

China's dream of a new Silk Road runs into hurdles at its first stop: Pakistan

  • Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:22

“They keep saying this is a gift from China,” Rashid said. “All I see is destruction everywhere.”

Talk about Ilham Tohti

  • Tue, 05/24/2016 - 21:16

Marie Holzman, sinologist and human rights defender, talks about the Uyghur economics professor

Commuters using smartphones stand in line at a bus station in Beijing on March 2. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works

  • Tue, 05/24/2016 - 20:16

This is part of a series examining the impact of China’s Great Firewall, a mechanism of Internet censorship and surveillance that affects nearly 700 million users.

To sway public opinion, China plants 488 million fake social media posts a year

  • Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:51

The Chinese government is paying its employees to generate positive comments on blog posts, and those positive comments totaled about 488 million from 2013 to 2014, a study from Harvard University researchers revealed last week.

Tourists decry ban on visit to China's Xinjiang

  • Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:49

A goup of retired academics and civil servants were not allowed to visit Urumqi, the seat of the Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region of China and were forced to leave the country. Th

Uyghur Teenager Convicted of Plotting to Leave China, Join Separatist Group Gets 20 Years

  • Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:53

Family says youngster was on a job hunt as two other teenagers are also convicted of seeking to illegally depart the country.

Adem Karadag, one of two suspects in the deadly bomb attack at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok on August 17, 2015, alleged that Thai authorities had tortured him in jail.  © 2015 Reuters

Thailand: Investigate Alleged Torture of Bombing Suspect

  • Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:50

Thai authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the alleged torture of a suspect in the deadly bomb attack in Bangkok’s commercial district in August 2015, Human Rights Watch said today.

Revealed: the digital army making hundreds of millions of social media posts singing praises of the Communist Party

  • Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:46

US researchers carry out first deep analysis of China’s government-backed internet warriors known as the ‘50-cent gang’

Human Rights Abuses of Ethnic Minorities in China

  • Wed, 05/18/2016 - 23:09

Presented on Monday, May 16th as a part of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts Instant Issues Series in Springfield, MA.

A mosque in Turpan city in Xinjiang, June 27, 2013.

Chinese Uyghurs Detained in Turkey as They Attempt the Hajj

  • Wed, 05/18/2016 - 23:01

The use of possibly fake passports interrupts religious pilgrimage for about 100 Muslims from Xinjiang.