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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire, and daughter Ella-Grace wave as they board a government plane to leave for China.
Aug 29, 2016

Justin Trudeau’s much ballyhooed sojourn to China in pursuit of an elevation of Sino-Canadian relations is fraught with risk to Canada’s economic sovereignty.

Aug 26, 2016

Xinjiang’s largest cities have undergone a series of redevelopment programs over the last decade.

Aug 25, 2016

Earlier this month, several Chinese lawyers were convicted of “subversion” for colluding with “foreign forces” — read: the United States.

China Toppling Crosses
Aug 25, 2016

According to the recently released 2015 State Department International Religious Freedom Report, the Chinese government continued to exercise state control over the practice of religion.

Aug 24, 2016

In November 2014, the photographer Yuyang Liu saw an article in a Chinese newspaper that caught his eye. “It was the usual propaganda piece,” Liu says. “Quite superficial.” 

Aug 19, 2016

Jim Millward discusses the myths, lies, truths and significance of Central Asia, Xinjiang, the Silk Road and new Chinese initiatives to revive it.

A crane winches a large red cross from one of three domes on the Guantou church in Wenzhou. The Chinese government has ordered the demolition of multiple churches around the country.
Aug 18, 2016

China claims that its residents are free to worship, but many religious practices are prohibited. So just how religious is China?

Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on during a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic in Belgrade, Serbia, on June 18, 2016
Aug 18, 2016

The nebulous trade and infrastructure project is jeopardized by simmering regional conflicts and territorial disputes in the South China Sea

Aug 12, 2016

The Communist Party cracks down on political activists, even as it eases up on some less sensitive legal cases

In June 2015, Turghun sat on his land near Kashgar with his 5-year-old daughter, Munise, before he and his wife, Jumagul, were to leave for Guangzhou the following day. Yuyang Liu/ChinaFile
Aug 10, 2016

For more than two millennia, Kashgar, in far western China, has served as an oasis along the Northern Silk Road, connecting the eastern empires to central Asia, Persia and beyond. 

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