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May 9, 2017

Trade must flow both ways to make the route economically and politically viable

May 9, 2017

In northwestern China, the vast Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is home to nearly 22 million residents. The region is home to about 10 million Uighurs—making up roughly half of China’s 22 million Muslims.

Two ethnic Uyghur women pass Chinese paramilitary policemen. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
May 3, 2017

Mounting Islamophobia in the West has emboldened Beijing’s repression of Uyghur human rights.

Part of the list of banned ethnic minority names in Xinjiang.
Apr 28, 2017

Crucial to understanding China’s recent moves in the region is a piece of legislation that quietly took effect on April 1.

Apr 26, 2017

Today the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2017 Annual Report on the state of religious freedom in selected countries.

Apr 21, 2017

While perusing the news from Northwest China in mid-April 2017, I came across a story about a Uyghur official who refused to smoke cigarettes in front of other devout Uyghurs.

Apr 20, 2017

By taking over Xinjiang, communist China controlled the western borders of the Middle Kingdom, access trade with Central Asia, block any possibility of Soviet advance, and come in contact with Indian frontiers

Apr 19, 2017

We write on the occasion of your visit to China on 19 April for the 7th European Union-China Strategic Dialogue to urge that you speak both publicly and privately about the deteriorating human rights situation in China. 

Apr 17, 2017

In the West, Xinjiang lacks Tibet’s luster. Here’s one reason why.

A Uighur woman walks past a statue of Mao Zedong, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, July 31, 2014. Kevin Frayer—Getty Images
Apr 6, 2017

During the 1980s, as an idealistic, ambitious Uighur growing up under repressive Chinese conditions in the city of Kashgar, there was one nation to which I pinned my hopes for freedom and democracy.

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