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Asylum seekers wait for Thai Immigration officials to escort them to court in Songkhla, southern Thailand on March 15, 2014.
Jun 7, 2016

Muslims are left with little to celebrate under Beijing’s repression.

Asylum seekers thought to be from China's Uyghur minority sit before boarding trucks as Thai Immigration officials (not pictured) escort them to a court in Songkhla, southern Thailand on March 15, 2014 (AFP Photo/Tuwaedaniya Meringing)
Jun 6, 2016

Some 70 detainees are on a hunger strike fearing the threat of being sent to Beijing; the Prayut govt must not repeat its previous mistake

Apr 4, 2016

It is heartening to learn that authorities in China’s western region of Xinjiang have begun a campaign to promote ethnic unity.

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.

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