January 2017

Chen Quanguo visits a “convenience police-post” in Lhasa, TAR, during Chinese New Year festivities in 2012.

China Poised to Repeat Tibet Mistakes

  • Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:10

Abusive Policies Planned for Uyghur Region

A worker checks pipes at an oilfield in Xinjiang, the hydrocarbon-rich autonomous region where Beijing hopes to break the dominance of the state energy giants. Photo: AP

China to auction more Xinjiang oil and gas exploration sites to private investors: media

  • Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:51

Move is part of Beijing’s efforts to break up the monopoly of state-run energy companies in the sector, Xinhua says

Commentary: Make religious freedom for all a top priority

  • Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:48

As our nation commemorated National Religious Freedom Day on Jan. 16, marking Virginia's adoption in 1786 of Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom, we recalled the billions of people who live in countries where this fundamental right is violated.

Chinese Internet Users Concerned About Crack Down on VPNs

  • Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:42

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued a notice on Sunday that it will strictly contain the unapproved use of virtual private networks (VPNs) by Chinese firms. Many Chinese internet users are concerned about the announcement and fear that it will further close off China’s internet from the rest of the world.

Muslim Uighurs kneel on prayer carpets outside of Id Kah Mosque at the end of Ramadan month in Kashgar, Xinjiang province western China. Source: Pete Niesen/Shutterstock

China’s ‘War on Terror’ is fracturing Uighur society

  • Fri, 01/20/2017 - 18:39

FOR centuries, acts of terror have been employed to instill fear in the populace, however today the world is witnessing an unprecedented amount of attacks.

China’s president Xi Jinping ensures a compliant media. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock

How China tightened its grip on the media during 2016, by IFJ

  • Fri, 01/20/2017 - 18:34

Dissenting opinions were stifled as journalists were forced to comply with restrictions on their freedom in orchestrated press conferences and interviews

Strangling the Media: China Tightens its Grip: IFJ

  • Fri, 01/20/2017 - 18:31

From the time that President Xi Jinping said all party media “have the surname party”, the state media did not publish either dissenting voices or balanced reports of disasters or corruption.

China's President Xi Jinping and Swiss counterpart Doris Leuthard at Davos on Tuesday

Tibetans and Uighurs protest in Geneva

  • Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:44

Around 150 Tibetans and Uighurs protested in front of the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday against a visit to Switzerland by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Press freedom predator given Davos platform

  • Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:37

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets that the World Economic Forum, which brings government leaders and big businessmen together in the Swiss resort of Davos, is lending itself as a platform to Chinese President Xi Jinping without any heed to the human rights situation in his country.

A map of Xinjiang showing the location of Aksu prefecture.

Cutting Tools Must be Registered With Police, Authorities in a Xinjiang County Say

  • Sun, 01/15/2017 - 20:32

The move appears aimed at discouraging use of the tools as weapons in terrorist attacks in the volatile region.

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