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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.


  • 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.

Chinese PLA soldiers attend a grand rally to mark the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 1 August 2017. Photo: AFP

Ethnicity factors strongly in PLA promotions

  • Tue, 09/12/2017 - 17:27

While sweeping military change is on the cards at China's upcoming Communist Party Congress, few expect ethnic minority officers from unstable regions to make top brass

The Belt Road Initiative promises economic development for China’s westernmost province but reality on the ground is less promising


  • Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:18

According to official Chinese data, the western province of Xinjiang grew by 7.6 percent in 2016, 0.9 percentage above the national average. While most of China were dipping into mid- or high-single digit growth, Xinjiang registered no less than 11 percent from 2010 to 2014

Li Wenzu, wife of lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who was detained in what is known as the "709" crackdown, joins others protesting in front of the Supreme People's Procuratorate in Beijing, China July 7, 2017. Picture taken July, 7, 2017. Image Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

China’s War on Dissent

  • Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:24

Detained activists have two choices: vanish or confess.

An Unanswered Telephone Call

  • Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:23

Ona bright midsummer morning when you take your little girl’s hand and walk to school listening the birds singing on the way along the narrow footpath, you feel thankful to life that today will be one of your best days full of enjoyment just like any other day that you have hastily left behind you.

Why aren't Uyghur Muslims in China allowed to go to Hajj?

  • Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:18

As millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the beginning of Hajj, Uyghur Turks continue to face state-led discrimination.

The Battle for China's Spirit Islam

  • Thu, 08/24/2017 - 16:30

Both Hui and Uighur Muslims have experienced intensified restrictions and Islamophobia since Xi Jinping became leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in November 2012, with controls deepening and expanding in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region especially.