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Uighur children catch a ride with a sweet vendor in Yarkand during Ramadan last month.
Jul 21, 2017

In a world first, the residents of Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang region, are required to ­install on their smart phones a new app that automatically ­deletes any material deemed ­subversive.

Jul 20, 2017

There is more than irony in the fact that Nobel Laureate Liu Xiobao’s death coincided with Beijing’s massive effort to clamp down on internet communication. It’s the end of an era.

A memorial to Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong this week. In mainland China, attempts to pay tribute to Mr. Liu, a Nobel Peace laureate, have met with censorship and arrests. Credit Vincent Yu/Associated Press
Jul 20, 2017

For years, the fiery band of activists pushing for democracy in China looked to Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Nobel Peace laureate, as a source of inspiration. They created social media groups devoted to his iconoclastic poetry. They held up his photos at rallies, demanding justice and transparency.

A Uyghur student sits at a restaurant table in Cairo while police detain others behind him.
Jul 19, 2017

Reports suggest the more than 200 Uyghurs are being interrogated ahead of deportation to China.

Police officers on patrol in Kashgar, China, checked the identification documents of passers-by in December. These two passers-by happened to be plainclothes policemen. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times
Jul 19, 2017

The five policemen in black uniforms surrounded the young man and his friend on the sidewalk.

File photo of a mosque at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, from which Uyghur students have been rounded up at China's behest.
Jul 19, 2017

Egyptian authorities transferred scores of detained students from China's Uighur community to a massive prison complex in Cairo on Wednesday for interrogation alongside Chinese officials, students and activists from the ethnic minority said.

Jul 19, 2017

We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom to deplore the detention since July 3, 2017, of at least sixty-two Uighur students, citizens of the People’s Republic of China, studying in Egypt, and the deportation to China of at least twelve.

Tibetan Buddhist monks chanting at the memorial for Liu Xiaobo held at the Taiwan Center in Flushing on July 15. (Photo via World Journal)
Jul 18, 2017

Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese Nobel Peace laureate who died on July 13, has had some critics among exiled radical Chinese dissidents. But the Taiwan Center in New York was overflowing with his “comrades” and admirers at a memorial held for him on July 15.

Jul 18, 2017

Dozens of police officers wearing bulletproof vests and toting assault rifles guard the camp of an international off-road race across China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang.

Jul 18, 2017

Users of WhatsApp in China and security researchers have reported widespread service disruptions amid fears that the popular messaging service may be at least partially blocked by authorities in the world's most populous country.

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