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Former chief secretary of the Hong Kong Civil Service, Dame Anson Chan.  Photo: Steven Siewert
Jan 4, 2017

Dame Anson Chan was the chief secretary of the Hong Kong Civil Service under both British and Chinese authorities. She remains an experienced and knowledgeable observer of mainland politics.

Notice of requirement for residents to turn in passports issued by Ili authorities, April 30, 2015.
Dec 28, 2016

Ethnic Turkic-speaking Uighurs in China have long faced restrictions relating mainly to the practice of their religion, Islam. Now, under new regulations implemented last fall, their ability to travel apparently is being restricted, with residents of western Xinjiang province required to hand over their passports to police for "safekeeping."

Nov 30, 2016

China has a long-standing problem in its oil rich northwestern region of Xinjiang and it is persisting with solutions that have patently not worked.

Wang Qiaoling, left, and Li Wenzu with photos of their husbands, human rights lawyers in China who have been detained since July 2015. CreditHow Hwee Young/European Pressphoto Agency
Oct 27, 2016

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, American business executives and political leaders of both parties repeatedly put forward what I label the “China fantasy”: the view that trade, foreign investment and increasing prosperity would lead to political liberalization in the world’s most populous country.

foreign suspect in the August 17 Erawan shrine bombing, identified by the ruling junta as Yusufu Mieraili (3rd R), listens to an interpreter as he is questioned by police officers at Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police Station yesterday. Mieraili, one of the two men arrested over last month’s deadly Bangkok bomb has admitted to a charge of possessing explosives, Thai police said yesterday, in the first confession over the deadly attack. —AFP
Oct 27, 2016

At a glance, the postponement of a court trial for two suspects in connection with the deadly bombing at the Erawan shrine due to the lack of an interpreter sparks suspicion there may be foul play in the case which has been long delayed.

Jewher Ilham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, a prominent Uighur academic who was jailed for life by China, testifies in Washington, April 8, 2014.
Oct 17, 2016

The daughter of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti speaks out in support of her father after he wins a prestigious award.

Sandy Phan-Gillis, arrested on suspicion of spying by Chinese authorities in March 2015 while visiting the country as part of a trade delegation from Houston, is seen in an undated photo taken and provided by her husband Jeff Gillis. PHOTO: JEFF GILLIS/REUTERS
Oct 6, 2016

Xi Jinping consolidated power with laws that justify repression in the name of national security

Attorney Xia Lin
Sep 30, 2016

China on Thursday proudly announced that it would cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council. The promise came with the release of a policy paper, the National Human Rights Action Plan, outlining Beijing’s goals over the next four years.

Policemen stand around Lin Ru, the wife of civil rights lawyer Xia Lin, near the Beijing Number 2 People’s Intermediate Court after her husband was sentenced to 12 years in prison on fraud charges in Beijing on Sept. 22. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
Sep 28, 2016

AS CHINA’S economy mushroomed in recent decades, outsiders often pointed out the need to establish rule of law, giving investors and business executives, both at home and abroad, a reliable set of rules upon which to make decisions.

Sep 20, 2016

For far too long we have allowed the tyrant child to determine our actions. This must stop. We must stop fearing it.

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