May 2017

Restaurants Ordered to Remain Open in Xinjiang Amid Ramadan Fast

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 13:58
Uyghur men pray in a mosque in Hotan during Ramadan, April 16, 2015.

A directive suggests authorities are trying to undermine Uyghur observance of the Muslim holy month.

Xinjiang Authorities Confiscate ‘Extremist’ Qurans From Uyghur Muslims

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:47
Uyghur men gather outside for afternoon prayers at a mosque in Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture, April 19, 2015.

All versions of the Islamic holy book published prior to 2012 are seized.

China expands DNA data grab in troubled western region

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:32

Alarms raised over suspected efforts to collect massive numbers of genetic samples from citizens.

China’s Rights Abuses Infect UN

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:29
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during a high-level event in the Assembly Hall at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2017. © 2017 Reuters

Global Body Should Do More to Protect Beijing’s Critics

How China Wound up Outside the International Human Rights Debate

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:16
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

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

Uyghurs Forced to Undergo Medical Exams, DNA Sampling

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:35
A Uyghur man stands outside a mosque in Turpan, Xinjiang,in a file photo.

More than 90 percent of Xinjiang’s residents received checkups over a seven-month period.

China’s Employment of Unmanned Systems: Across the Spectrum from Peacetime to Wartime

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:32
CASC showcased its latest CH-5 with four AR-1 and four AR-2 guided anti-armour weapons as underwing stores on each wing at Airshow China 2016, giving it an impressive 16-missile arsenal. Source: IHS/Kelvin Wong

While China has become a driving force for the proliferation of UAVs worldwide through its extensive and increasing exports, China’s own use of these systems could also influence global norms regarding their employment. 

For Central Asia, 'OBOR' Means 'China,' And All That Comes With That

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:29

China hosted an international conference for the ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) trade transportation network on May 14-15.


Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:50
A Uygur woman at a bazaar in Kashgar, in China’s western Xinjiang region. Photo: AFP

Two Muslim communities who fled persecution in China decades ago have found themselves at the centre of further conflict – this time on the border of Pakistan and India

China sparks human rights outcry by ramping up DNA testing in Muslim-dominated region

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:39
Ethnic Uighurs sit near a statue of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong in Kashgar, Xinjiang Thomas Peter/Reuters

Police in Xinjiang purchase $8.7m of equipment to analyse genetic material from citizens, prompting fears of state security crackdown