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Ethnic Uighur women grieve for their men, 7 July 2009, who they believe were taken away by the Chinese authorities following bloody clashes in Urumqi two days previously

China has not won the heart of its minorities

  • Wed, 06/21/2017 - 18:28

On June 1, the Information Office of China’s State Council (Cabinet) published a White Paper (WP) entitled “Freedom of religious belief protected in Xinjiang.”

Graffiti in the rubble of the Uyghur migrant neighborhood of Heijia Shan, or Black Shell Mountain, after it became the site of urban cleansing in 2014.

The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia: Culture on the Fringes

  • Fri, 06/16/2017 - 15:46

I first came to Xinjiang in 2001. At the time I was in the second year of an undergraduate program in photojournalism in my home state of Ohio.

A large number of entertainment news outlets on WeChat have been shut down. This notice from WeChat reads: This public account has been banned and content inaccessible. We've received complains that that this account has violated “Interim Provisions on the Administration of the Development of Public Information Services Provided through Instant Messaging Tools.” Image via the Initium, licensed for non-commercial use.

China Shutters Entertainment News Sites, Citing ‘Socialist Values’ and Cybersecurity

  • Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:10

Major social media platform operators including Weibo, WeChat, Youku, Baidu and Netease shut down a large number of social media entertainment news outlets after a June 7 meeting with Beijing's Office of Cyberspace Affairs.

Young Pioneers of China standing honour guard at the Monument to the People's Heroes at Tiananmen Square (Photo: CEphoto/Uwe Aranas)

Could China go the way of the USSR?

  • Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:01

Could China be witnessing the beginnings of its own end? The vast majority of commentators say the chances are slim. Indeed, most are as dismissive of China-sceptics as Nikita Krushchev was of USSR doomsayers in the 1950s.

Sky Views: China's consequence free crackdown

  • Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:57

In Xinjiang, authorities have banned the region's Uighur Muslims from wearing veils or growing "abnormal beards".

China’s dangerous ethnic policies in Xinjiang

  • Mon, 06/12/2017 - 15:34

In the latest tightening of the screws on China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, authorities have banned the use of several baby names, including Muhammad, Haji, Islam and Imam.

Uyghur anti-China protest outside the White House in Washington, D.C., July 10, 2009 (User Malcolm Brown, Flickr Commons)

I Am Uyghur and I Will Protest

  • Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:27

One member of the Uyghur diaspora explains why Uyghurs abroad raise their banners outside Chinese embassies.

A Mass “Anti-Noise” Rally at Xinjiang University on May 10, 2017.

Uyghur Names as Signal and Noise

  • Mon, 06/05/2017 - 21:38

On May 10, 2017, Xinjiang University, the largest university in the Uyghur Autonomous Region, held a mass rally in the school’s sports complex

A police station in Taxkorgan. In the Xinjiang area most cities and towns have police stations on every block.

China looks to resurrect road of past — minus the freedom

  • Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:42

My recent participation in the Silk Road Expedition 2017 was fascinating in many ways. In my four dispatches from the Silk Road for The Blade, I had reported on our travel on the Silk Road from Shanghai in the east to Kashgar in the southwest where ancient trade routes from Europe, Central Asia, and Pakistan converged.

President Xi Jinping of China addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Sept. 28, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Mike Segar

How China Wound up Outside the International Human Rights Debate

  • Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:16

As China’s global role grows, it’s increasingly important to speak out about the country’s human rights issues.