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A man rides an electric scooter in Shanghai on Thursday past a poster promoting next month’s 19th National Congress of China’s Communist Party. (Aly Song/Reuters)
Sep 14, 2017

China is gearing up for one of the most important meetings on its political calendar. Next month thousands of delegates from around the country will convene in Beijing for the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. The meeting will culminate in the announcement of the new members of the country’s most important decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee

Sep 8, 2017

THE Rohingyas of Myanmar are back on the front pages, their desperate plight confirming that the ‘civilised’ world of the 21st century is still a living hell for what the legendary anti-imperialist Frantz Fanon’s called “the wretched of the earth”.

Aug 28, 2017

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been touted by China and its supporters as a groundbreaking initiative, which will bring Central Asia together with increased connectivity and historic prosperity for all.

Aug 23, 2017

A radical shift in domestic policy in and regarding China's northwestern autonomous region of Xinjiang, replacing communal coexistence between Chinese "colonials" and the indigenous Uyghur population, is claimed by central authorities in Beijing to be aimed at lifting development and living standards of the entire population.

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
Aug 22, 2017

THE CAMBRIDGE University Press has rightly abandoned its plan to censor the prestigious China Quarterly journal at the behest of the Chinese authorities. It was indefensible for the journal to remove some 300 sensitive articles and book reviews from its website for a Chinese audience, and it realized the error quickly. But the Chinese request will probably not be the last.

Aug 16, 2017

Dolkun Isa was on his way to speak at Italy’s Senate late last month when he was stopped by the police and detained for a number of hours.

Jul 3, 2017

Miining boom towns, violent clashes with indigenous peoples, prospectors pushing into foreign lands — welcome to China's Wild West!

Jun 16, 2017

New repression in Xinjiang risks a Uighur backlash.

Illustration on the persecution of Christians as a human rights issue by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times
May 3, 2017

Faith, the most basic liberty, is threatened in more and more places

Karim Cheurfi, the gunman who opened fire on police on Paris's iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard Thursday night. AP Photo
Apr 24, 2017

Tackling the rise of extremist groups such as ISIL is an enormously complex task. It requires an understanding of the ideology that gains recruits, of the motives of its leaders and of the countries and communities in which it operates. And all of that is quite apart from the tactics of the military fight against the group.

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