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Rebiya Kadeer (file photo). Author: United States Mission Geneva
Apr 10, 2017

Rebiya Kadeer is probably the best-known activist —at least in the Western world— of the Uyghur national movement.

Mar 6, 2017

It was February 27 when, outside the sprawling convention centre in Urumqi, Chen Quanguo declared a “people’s war” against an insurgency that Beijing has been finding hard to eradicate. 

Police patrolling near the site of an explosion in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Dec 2014
Mar 6, 2017

China has long had an uneasy relationship with the Uighurs, Muslims who constitute a majority of the population in the western province of Xinjiang. 

Jan 30, 2017

Tsai Ing-wen can turn dilemma of Kadeer's visit into opportunity

Zhou Qiang, chief justice of China's Supreme Court, recently told provincial judges to resist Western ideals of judicial independence. (China Daily/Reuters)
Jan 27, 2017

A NATION under the rule of law must have a commitment that no one is exempt from justice. China has courts, judges and lawyers, but the Communist Party remains above the law.

A Syrian woman walks through the destruction in the old cityof Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday.
Jan 23, 2017

As our nation commemorated National Religious Freedom Day on Jan. 16, marking Virginia's adoption in 1786 of Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom, we recalled the billions of people who live in countries where this fundamental right is violated.

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.

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