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Political cartoon depicting the detention of Uyghur students in Egypt, and in some cases their deportation, at the apparent behest of the Chinese government. Image Credit: Credit: Rebel Pepper/Radio Free Asia.

Political Struggles at Home Shape Beijing’s Meddling Abroad

  • Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:14

As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prepares for its 19th Congress on October 18, restrictions on day-to-day freedoms in the country are becoming more intrusive.

The Human Costs of Controlling Xinjiang

  • Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:31

Beijing has strong incentives to exert control in Xinjiang. The Uyghurs pay the price.

China Pushes ‘Human Rights With Chinese Characteristics’ at the UN

  • Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:25

In January 2017, after his success at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Xi Jinping traveled to Geneva to deliver a rare, invitation-only speech at the UN’s Palais des Nations.

Muhetar Rouzi in an undated photo.

‘My Worst Fear is That he Has Been Taken Back to China’

  • Tue, 10/03/2017 - 18:51

The wife of a Uyghur student who went missing in Egypt says China may have ordered his deportation.

China’s Abuse of Uighurs

  • Thu, 09/28/2017 - 16:06

You suggest that the United States cooperate with China on terrorism. China has an expansive and unclear definition of terrorist actions — for example, sentencing Prof. Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment for discussing Uighur issues online, accusing him of encouraging students to join terrorist groups.

“Mothers Who Educate”: Uyghur Women’s Activities in Digital Space

  • Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:28

Since traditional media in China are all state-owned and there is no private audio-visual media, the web has given Uyghurs an important space for self-expression.

Chen Quanguo: The Strongman Behind Beijing’s Securitization Strategy in Tibet and Xinjiang

  • Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:57

Over the last year, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) Party Secretary Chen Quanguo (陈全国) has dramatically increased the police presence in Xinjiang by advertising over 90,000 new police and security-related positions.

Another Paradise Lost to China's Ambition

  • Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:42

The tale of the Silk Road is one of intrigue, war and cities lost. But within this complex and quixotic tableau, it is the story of China's Tarim Basin that best echoes the age-old warning: History is doomed to repeat itself.

Like-Minded” Dictatorships and the United Nations

  • Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:20

The United Nations General Assembly is about to open, with the traditional lead-off speech by the president of Brazil followed by the president of the United States. The speeches and activities this year will, as usual, be a mix of the interesting and the dull, the consequential and the useless, the honest and the hypocritical.

PEN UYGHUR CENTER: POWERFUL LITERATURE IN A FLEETING LANGUAGE

  • Fri, 09/15/2017 - 16:43

PEN America interviews the leaders of different PEN centers from the global network to offer a window into the literary accomplishments and free expression challenges of their respective countries. This month we spoke with Kaiser Abdurusul from the PEN Uyghur Center.

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