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rmed paramilitary policemen ride on military trucks during a show of force on the streets of Urumqi  Photo: AP
Feb 9, 2016

What is terrorism? I long ago grew bored with this perennial semantic dispute. The arguments never change and they never change anyone’s mind.

The outcome will determine the fate of much of Eurasia for decades to come.
Jan 14, 2016

Francis Fukuyama says the US and other governments in the West must offer alternatives to China’s massive ‘One Belt, One Road’ Eurasian infrastructure initiative

Journalist Ursula Gauthier in Beijing, China on December 29. PHOTO: REUTERS
Dec 30, 2015

China shows its lack of confidence by expelling a foreign journalist.

Chinese soldiers march in front of the Id Kah Mosque, China's largest, on July 31, 2014 in Kashgar, China.
Dec 30, 2015

China's sweeping new counter-terrorism legislation, which takes effect in January, may constitute a Patriot Act-like moment for the country.

Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L’Obs, looks on during an interview in her apartment in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP
Dec 30, 2015

Beijing does not want the world to know of its horrendous crimes and abuses of human rights against the persecuted Uyghur people - how they have been made a third class citizen inside China and a minority in their own ancestral land of East Turkestan.

Anastasia Lin was crowned Miss World Canada in May 2015. (Photo: Franz Morgenbesser)
Dec 18, 2015

The Miss World pageant, of all things, is a window into Beijing’s repression and paranoia.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said the government's crackdown in Xinjiang is part of the worldwide struggle against terrorism. © Reuters
Dec 8, 2015

A curious message from China's Ministry of Public Security appeared online on Nov. 14, a day after the Paris terrorist attacks."All terrorists were killed on the 56th day of a 'pursue and attack' operation," it reportedly said.

Chinese flags fly side by side with union flags on the Mall ahead of Xi Jinping’s state visit. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA
Oct 19, 2015

The Chinese president’s state visit coincides with the biggest crackdown on his country’s civil society in years. This fawning insults the people of both countries

China isn't the only place in the world to do business. Photograph: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP
Oct 19, 2015

President Xi Jinping will enjoy the pomp of a state visit this week, but our obsession with the country is misguided

Oct 16, 2015

Britain’s quest to become Beijing’s ‘best partner’ has required sacrifices of moral principle.

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