February 2015

China to sign New Silk Road investment deals next month, state media report

  • Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:48

China will sign a series of flagship agreements with countries including Kazakhstan and Pakistan next month as part of Beijing’s plan to revive economic development along the ancient Silk Road, the Shanghai Securities News reported on Friday.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers pour snow from a tire onto their head during a training session in Heihe, Heilongjiang province, December 24, 2014.

Draft Chinese Law Paves Way for Counter-terror Operations Abroad

  • Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:40

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counter-terrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country's growing global commercial and diplomatic interests.

Banning the Islamic Veil in Xinjiang and Terrorism in China

  • Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:37

Last week, an article by Foreign Policy stated that the Chinese Communist Party played a crucial role in banning the Islamic veil in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, because they have “drawn a direct link between veiling and radical Islam and even terrorists”.

Dispatches From Xinjiang: The Edge of the Bazaar, A Documentary About Uyghur Rural Life

  • Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:29

One of the emerging trends among young Uyghur film directors is a new attention to documentary filmmaking. This approach has long been a part of Uyghur cinema, but previously it was often part of a larger public relations presentation sponsored by the Chinese Culture Ministry.

China must uphold religious freedom in new year

  • Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:00

Government crackdowns on believers won’t bring the stability officials crave

Chinese soldiers securing an area outside a mosque in the Xinjiang city of Kashgar after the fatal stabbing last July of a Muslim cleric seen by some as a supporter of government policies.Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Deadly Attacks in Xinjiang Go Unreported in China

  • Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:00

The reports of bloodshed are nonstop. On Feb. 13, a man grabbed a police officer and then set off explosives strapped to his body, killing as many as eight people. Three days later, a father and son were shot and killed in another clash with the police.

Security forces participate in a military drill in Hetian, northwest China's Xinjiang region, June 6, 2014.

China Targets Muslims, Curbs Freedom of Speech For All: Report

  • Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:48

During 2014, the ruling Chinese Communist Party intensified its targeting of ethnic minority groups with an "anti-terror" campaign in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang

Amnesty International Report 2014/15

  • Wed, 02/25/2015 - 20:01

The authorities continued to severely restrict the right to freedom of expression. Activists and human rights defenders risked harassment and arbitrary detention. Torture and other ill-treatment remained widespread and access to justice was elusive for many.

World Uyghur Congress Publishes Annual Human Rights Report

  • Wed, 02/25/2015 - 19:50

The World Uyghur Congress has published its annual human rights report, which focuses on the most important human rights issues faced by Uyghurs living in East Turkestan.

How the West Was Lost

  • Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:22

It's not OK to call Beijing a counterterrorism "partner" if it simply legitimizes the government’s human rights crackdown at home.