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Armed Police soldiers and armored vehicles WZ-551 in the street of Urumqi in September 4, 2009. Days before and at the time, tens of thousands of civilians demonstrated around major places in the city, against a series of the hypodermic needle attacks starting in mid-August.
Feb 16, 2017

The correlation between regime type and the likelihood of terrorism has been a subject of scholarly attention for decades. 

Uyghur protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C., 2016
Feb 14, 2017

Although it is officially known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the Uyghurs and their homeland are autonomous in name only.

Elliot Sperling in Beijing.
Feb 9, 2017

It is hard to think of Professor Elliot Sperling’s death as anything other than a colossal tragedy. 

Chen Quanguo (陈全国)
Feb 7, 2017

Under the pretext of joining the global war on terrorism, the Xi Jinping administration has imposed unprecedentedly harsh restrictions on the civil liberties and rights of the 10 million Uighurs living in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). 

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, welcomes Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China. Credit: World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.
Feb 7, 2017

Faced with the steady rise of modern dictatorships, the leaders of the democratic world long consoled themselves with the notion that their societies were immune to the problems that plague authoritarian settings. 

Elliot Sperling
Feb 6, 2017

In memory of Elliot, who passed away last week. I recovered this from my email archive, dated September 17, 2016, the day after Ilham Tohti was nominated for the Sakharov Prize. It is published here for the first time.

Villagers attend a religious meeting organized by the local government in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Nov. 3, 2015. Sun Junbin for Sixth Tone
Feb 3, 2017

A photographer documents the daily lives — from the mundane to the invasive — of northwestern China’s Uyghur ethnic minority.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on January 17, 2017       © 2016 Reuters
Feb 2, 2017

China’s President Xi Jinping visited Davos and the United Nations office in Geneva this month, portraying himself as a defender of global order on issues ranging from climate change to peace, as the world anticipates the new Trump administration. 

Opening Plenary with Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China in Davos, January 17, 2017. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico Xi Jinping delivered the opening plenary at Davos 2017
Jan 30, 2017

China’s president wants to be seen as leading the defense of globalization, but this will be easier said than done.

President Xi Jinping pictured earlier this month at the UN’s headquarters in Geneva. Photo: Reuters
Jan 27, 2017

President now has 12 posts that give him control and oversight over most areas of government, the economy and the military


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