March 2017

Will Central Asia Water Wars Derail China's Silk Road?

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:08
A worker directs a truck (unseen) as water gushes out from the Sangtuda-1 hydroelectric power plant in Tajikistan (May 28, 2008). Image Credit: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

China needs to be wary of a looming water crisis in Central Asia.

Robert Fulford: In China, a jealous state begins to clamp down on the lives of its faithful

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:05
Rev. Joseph Zhang Yinlin, kneeling, takes part in an ordination ceremony to be named coadjutor bishop in Anyang city in central China's Henan province

Controls over religion in China have been increasing since 2012, seeping into new areas of daily life and triggering growing resistance from believers.

China Shelves Central Asia Gas Plan

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:10
Chinese President Xi Jinping (1st L) and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon (2nd L) attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Tajikistan section of Line D of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, Sept. 13, 2014.

A pipeline through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan has been postponed "indefinitely."

China says number of 'terror attacks' is down, but threat remains high

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:47
Paramilitary policemen stand in formation as they take part in an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally, in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

The number of violent attacks by "terrorist cells" in China has dropped due to increased security measures, state media reported on Tuesday, however it also cited experts as saying the level of attempted violence remains high.

Uighurs: applications under review

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:44
 The four Uyghurs, pictured in Bermuda several years ago. *File photo

Applications made by three out of the four Uighurs living in Bermuda for naturalisation are being reviewed by the British Government, MPs heard yesterday.

How China is preparing for cyberwar

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:38

The US and China have made progress on curbing commercial cyberespionage. Now, the global powers need to set limits when it comes to digital warfare.

This Visualization Shows China’s Jailed, Murdered And Missing Political Prisoners

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:34
An illustration of China’s crackdown on human rights lawyers by the Chinese artist Badiucao.

China says it has no political prisoners. A U.S. government database disagrees.

'No beards, no veils': Uighur life in China's Xinjiang

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:03

China says Islamist separatists in Xinjiang are the greatest threat to national security. The far western region is home to a community of some 10 million Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim.


Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:57

Authorities’ show of force in China’s restive western region follows a spate of terror attacks and an IS video featuring Uygurs

Closer Reflection On The Minorities Issue

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:48

Is this an indication that something is boiling in the Tibetan, Uyghur and other areas in China that are dominated by minorities? X