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The blasts went off about at 7pm just after a train had pulled into the station and as passengers were streaming out onto a plaza near a bus station. A SWAT team police officer is pictured outside the station
May 2, 2014

In my last post, I questioned if the recent Chinese efforts to meet Uyghurs’ deep concerns about their living conditions and their cultural future could or could not be sufficient.

one of the new trunklines from China to Europe
May 2, 2014

On the first of April, the Chinese government announced a string of measures aimed at accelerating development in Xinjiang, its Western territory at 3500km from Beijing.

Apr 22, 2014

The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is very mindful of its image in the world. One cannot fault her for such an attitude, after all, it is the second largest economy and much of its success owes it to the perception it has been able to create.

David Cameron with Chinese premier Li Keqiang during his 2013 Beijing trip. Cameron said the resumption of the human rights dialogue was an 'important achievement' of his trip. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
Apr 17, 2014

The simple statement of fact is that Beijing’s human rights record is appalling

Unknown nationality of Muslim migrant man holds his child as they rest inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the Immigration Police Office in Songkhla on Friday. (EPA photo)
Mar 31, 2014

Desperation drives people to desperate measures. It is not for nothing that people sell their houses, abandon their homelands and place their family’s fate in the hands of human traffickers in an attempt to forge a better life.

A knife attack by Uighurs at Kunming railway station left 29 people dead (picture: AFP Photo/Mark Ralston)
Mar 26, 2014

Beijing's treatment of the Uighur minority is causing bloodshed

Mar 20, 2014

After a hiatus of many months, there are indications to suggest that Beijing could be contemplating some initiative on the Tibet issue.

Mar 18, 2014

The roots of the hatred between ethnic Han Chinese, China’s dominant group, and the mainly Muslim Uighurs of the western borderlands go deep.

Mar 18, 2014

Our region has a duty to protect the rights of migrants who face persecution by authorities back home

Mar 11, 2014

Last week, China’s two primary legislative bodies, the National People’s Congress and the People’s Political Consultative Congress, convened their annual meetings in Beijing

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