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Jul 29, 2014

While last month marked the 25th anniversary of China’s silencing freedom in Tiananmen Square, this month China has been cementing this grim legacy — particularly regarding religious freedom.

Jul 24, 2014

Five years on from the most lethal rioting seen in China for decades, Beijing has still not managed to refine its strategy towards Xinjiang.

Elliot Sperling (R) with Ilham Tohti in an undated photo.
Jul 17, 2014

China is increasingly denying entry to foreign scholars to punish those who work on issues that Beijing deems to be politically troublesome.

Jul 7, 2014

Beijing’s cold-hearted act of slapping officials and students with a ban on fasting during Ramadan is sure to exacerbate tensions

Prof. Ilham Tohti (centre) with Tsering Woser and Wang Lixiong/photo/Woser's facebook page
Jul 2, 2014

Since Xi Jinping became China's new president more than a year ago, questioning or criticizing Chinese Communist Party rule has become an extremely risky business for academics, scholars and lawyers in China.

Chinese security forces participating in a military drill in Hotan in the Xinjiang region, June 6, 2014.
Jun 13, 2014

Foreign reporters and observers are prevented from independently verifying state media accounts.

Jun 9, 2014

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the far west of the People’s Republic of China is more than 1.6 million square kilometres in area.

Chinese paramilitary policemen stand watch over visitors during the flag-lowering ceremony on the eve of the June 4 anniversary at Tiananmen Square in Beijing [AP]
Jun 4, 2014

The voices to topple the Chinese Communist Party have become louder than ever.

Uighur protesters in Tokyo shout slogans during a rally against Chinese government's policy in Xinjiang [EPA]
Jun 2, 2014

Why the Uighur people will continue to reject China's colonial and apartheid rule.

Jun 2, 2014

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is the largest military force in the world, with almost 2.3 million soldiers in uniform.

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