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Racism and the Belt and Road in CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala

  • Fri, 02/23/2018 - 13:39

What a controversial skit tells us about racial and geopolitical narratives in China.

China’s Securitization Drive in Tibet and Xinjiang

  • Wed, 02/14/2018 - 21:31

In 2000, Borge Bakken argued that China has “never been a ‘police state’ if we define that term as the number of police per population”.

China’s United Front Work: Propaganda as Policy

  • Wed, 02/14/2018 - 21:29

Insights from Gerald Groot.

What It’s Like to Live in a Surveillance State

  • Fri, 02/02/2018 - 23:23

FEB. 2, 2018

China’s Soft and Sharp Power

  • Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:23

As democracies respond to China’s use of information warfare, they have to be careful not to overreact. Much of the soft power that democracies wield comes from civil society, which means that these countries' openness is a crucial asset.

Li Aijie on her way to visit her husband, jailed Xinjiang rights activist Zhang Haitao, in Shaya prison near Aksu, April 22, 2017.

'I Just Left, Taking my Son With Me'

  • Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:20

The wife of a jailed Chinese dissident speaks to RFA for the first time since her 'covert' escape from threats and intimidation back home.

Enver Can, born in Uyghur and subsequently fled to Afghanistan and Turkey, and now a citizen of Germany, receiving a Prize for Freedom from Liberty International in November for his long time commitment to The Ilham Tohti Initiative.  Mr. Tohti, Economist and Activist who sought to create harmony between the Han and Uyghur people was unjustly jailed in January 2014 where he still remains.

The Destruction of Ethnic Identity: The Uyghur People Fight for Freedom in the Shadow of Chinese Oppression

  • Mon, 12/18/2017 - 16:59

An Interview with Enver Can, Founder and President of The Ilham Tohti Initiative (ITI), shares with us his moving, and often heart-breaking, account of the Chinese attempt at dissolution of ethnic Uyghur.

Urbanization, Climate Change Erode Nomadic Lifestyle

  • Fri, 12/15/2017 - 17:38

As the nomadic people of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region begin their annual migration to warmer pastures, the snow has yet to fall.

How China’s “sharp power” is muting criticism abroad

  • Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:23

And stealthily trying to shape public opinion in its favour

Uyghur intellectual Abdurehim Äysa (1913-58), driven to suicide during the campaign against local nationalism. Source: Radio Free Asia.

Soviet archives reveal a turning point in the Chinese Communist Party’s relationship with Uyghur and Kazakh elites in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:03

Beginning in early 1957, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) embarked on a campaign to “rectify its style of work” (zhengdun zuofeng 整顿作风, or simply zhengfeng 整风), reviving methods of self-criticism and purge that had been pioneered in Yan’an in the 1940s.