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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.

Sep 24, 2015

Xi Jinping’s trip to the U.S. and address to the UN provide an opportunity to highlight abuses of Uyghur human rights.

Sep 24, 2015

This week’s visit to Seattle , the District and New York by Xi Jinping , widely viewed as China’s strongest dictator since Mao Zedong, will give Americans another occasion to take his measure and ponder the many dilemmas of Sino-American relations.

A composite image of how the Newseum will appear later this week when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Washington, D.C. PHOTO: NEWSEUM
Sep 21, 2015

This week our building will showcase China’s growing crackdown on religion, the press and human rights.

Anti-Beijing protesters, holding yellow umbrellas and a picture of human rights activist Wang Qingying, protest to demand Wang's release in Hong Kong on July 23. (Kin Cheung / Associated Press)
Sep 21, 2015

The Chinese government is tightening its stranglehold on dissent as it tries to steady its swooning currency and economy.

A state dinner table arrangement in April.
Sep 21, 2015

Canceling this week’s state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping or downgrading it to a burger-and-fries get-together, as some Republican presidential candidates proposed, would have been foolish.

A child looks out from a door as a Uighur woman walks by in a residential area in Turpan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region October 31, 2013. MICHAEL MARTINA/REUTERS
Sep 14, 2015

As millions of people worldwide prepared to observe Ramadan this year, one group of Muslims in western China were once again prevented from fully practicing the holy month’s traditions.

In this photo, dated March 14, 2014, suspected Uighurs from China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, sit inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Hat Yai, Songkla. Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha
Sep 8, 2015

Now, it’s personal. Until last week the world’s migrant crisis was abstract, a procession of humanity as statistics. The 59.5 million people forcibly displaced by the end of last year, two-thirds of them uprooted from home within their own country.

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