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Security Clampdown in Far-Western China Exacts Toll on Businesses
June 28, 2017
Police check the identity cards of ethnic Uighurs and search their bags in the main square in Xinjiang's famed Silk Road city of Kashgar in China's far northwestern, mainly Muslim Xinjiang region on August 8, 2008.

The economy of the vast Xinjiang region in far western China is officially growing at a robust pace, faster than the country as a whole. That is largely thanks to big investments in infrastructure from Beijing as the region - with its links to much of central Asia - is critical to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s new Silk Road initiative.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia: insurmountable obstacles and unmanageable risks?
June 28, 2017

At the mid-May Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) summit in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion to expand transportation links and infrastructure between Asia, Africa and Europe, showcasing his commitment to the massive project.

China, Kyrgyzstan border forces hold exercises to stop arms smuggling
June 27, 2017

Chinese and Kyrgyzstan border forces held exercises on Tuesday in China's Xinjiang region to bolster defenses against the smuggling of weapons, China's state media reported.

Human trafficking: US downgrades China over record
June 27, 2017

China "is not making significant efforts" to stop human trafficking, the US says, claiming that fewer people are now being prosecuted than before.

Overcoming censorship in China
June 27, 2017

Voice of America and Radio Free Asia are a vital source of uncensored information throughout China, especially on forbidden topics including the financial system, environmental pollution and human rights for Tibetans and ethnic Uyghurs.

Uyghur Woman Missing Three Years After Being Sent Back From Vietnam
June 26, 2017
Rizwangul Tursun is shown in an undated photo.

Rizwangul Tursun was returned to China after trying to travel to Turkey to join her family in exile.

The ‘Perfect Police State’ is Emerging in Xinjiang
June 26, 2017
Police patrolling the Old Town in Kashgar, a 2,000-year-old oasis city in China’s far west. Photograph: Tom Phillips for the Guardian

Tom Phillips at The Guardian reports that Xinjiang is experiencing an unprecedented security surge following the appointment of Chen Quanguo as the Party Secretary of the Uyghur autonomous region. Chen’s surge has led to an exponential increase in the presence of securityforces and the creation of a police state in which local inhabitants are subject to constant state control.

Liu Xiaobo's unbearable fate is stark symbol of where China is heading
June 26, 2017
 An image of Liu Xiaobo next to a Chinese flag. He has been jailed for nearly 10 years. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Treatment of dying Nobel peace prize winner is emblematic of China’s iron rule. Tania Branigan on the remarkable man she nearly met – the day he was arrested

BRIEFING: Ban on “Islamic” names an absurd intrusion into Uyghurs’ private lives
May 4, 2017

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) expresses alarm at recent measures preventing Uyghurs from choosing state restricted names for their newborn children.

Discrimination, Mistreatment and Coercion: Uyghurs Face Severe Labor Rights Abuses in China and East Turkestan
Apr 5, 2017

Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.

End of the Road: One Belt, One Road and the Cumulative Economic Marginalization of the Uyghurs
Mar 6, 2017

End of the Road: One Belt, One Road and the Cumulative Economic Marginalization of the Uyghurs, a new research report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), is an examination of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) economic initiative from a Uyghur human rights perspective.