Men walk past a CCTV surveillance camera after prayer in a mosque in Hotan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Commentary: China’s Muslim minority faces a modern Orwellian nightmare

  • Mon, 05/14/2018 - 19:03

At least 120,000 Uighurs have been imprisoned in so-called “re-education camps” in the last two years, according to the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia.

How the Chinese are ‘re-educating’ the entire Muslim Uyghur population

  • Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:42

China makes the news quite often these days. And for good reason: the Dragon will determine much of our future in the rest of the world for the coming century, whether we like it or not.

Police patrol the streets as Muslims leave the Id Kah Mosque after the morning prayers in Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, in July 2017. Photo: AFP

A police state in Xinjiang in which moderate voices are silenced is not what China needs to achieve stability

  • Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:08

Roseann Rife says the region has became a testing ground for China’s most oppressive security policies but vilifying certain ethnic groups and drowning out moderate viewpoints will not lead to a peaceful nation

Supporters of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che protested against his imprisonment in China for holding online political lectures and helping the families of jailed dissidents. Photo: AP

China must protect basic human rights

  • Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:15

As the population becomes wealthier and better educated, people’s aspirations for civil and political rights will grow, and these must be met in order to avoid discontent and disorder

China’s intrusive, ubiquitous, scary surveillance technology

  • Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:03

STEP BY STEP, China has been rolling out surveillance technology that is remarkably intrusive, comprehensive and ubiquitous. Eager to exploit gains in technology, Beijing seems little concerned about human rights or privacy violations.

The Quiet Rivalry Between China and Russia

  • Fri, 11/03/2017 - 16:28

China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, an economic expansion plan that follows the trade routes of the medieval Tang and Yuan dynasties across Eurasia, is overly ambitious because, like all grand strategies, it is aspirational. Yet the future of Eurasia is written into its design.

A train in Xingjian. Last December, it was announced that Erik Prince’s Frontier Services Group (FSG) would set up two “forward operating bases,” including in Xinjiang, to support the development of China’s Road and Belt Initiative. (Photo: takeshisz via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

  • Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:14

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater, is evidently mulling a run for a US Senate seat. At the same time, he is working with China’s government to provide security services in the restive western region of Xinjiang.

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Pool photo by Andy Wong/Associated Press)

Xi Jinping’s quest to revive Stalin’s communist ideology

  • Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:22

On Oct. 18, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party will meet in its 19th congress and reelect a party leader who, more than any Chinese strongman since Mao Zedong, has attempted to reinvigorate Communist ideology. We in the West ignore Xi Jinping’s pretensions at our peril.

A man rides an electric scooter in Shanghai on Thursday past a poster promoting next month’s 19th National Congress of China’s Communist Party. (Aly Song/Reuters)

China’s thought police are giving a master class in censorship

  • Thu, 09/14/2017 - 15:45

China is gearing up for one of the most important meetings on its political calendar. Next month thousands of delegates from around the country will convene in Beijing for the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. The meeting will culminate in the announcement of the new members of the country’s most important decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee

Muslim ‘solidarity’

  • Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:27

THE Rohingyas of Myanmar are back on the front pages, their desperate plight confirming that the ‘civilised’ world of the 21st century is still a living hell for what the legendary anti-imperialist Frantz Fanon’s called “the wretched of the earth”.