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Jun 6, 2017

China’s broadcasting regulator has released new “guidelines” for online entertainment programming to ensure internet productions are held to the same standards as broadcast entertainment content.

 Worshippers leave Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque in Xinjiang during Ramadan. Photograph: Tom Phillips for the Guardian
Jun 5, 2017

Children under 16 told ‘overly religious’ names such as Saddam, Hajj and Jihad must be changed amid pro-Communist rallies across Xinjiang region

A truck rides in front of main towers at he China-Kazakhstan Horgos International Border Cooperation Center (ICBC), in Horgos, China May 12, 2017. Picture taken May 12, 2017. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
Jun 5, 2017

On the border of China and Kazakhstan, an international free trade zone has become a showpiece of Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature "Belt and Road" Initiative to boost global trade and commerce by improving infrastructure and connectivity.

A file picture of Muslim Uygurs at a food stall in Kashgar in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo: Associated Press
Jun 2, 2017

Pressure groups criticise government white paper lauding ‘great progress’ in promoting human rights in the region

 Uyghur woman is shown with her children in Kashgar, Xinjiang, in a file photo.
Jun 1, 2017

Officials say it is currently too difficult to change the IDs of adults, though they may be next.

China responds to regional extremism by placing regulations on religious expressions, including restrictions on the cultural and religious practices of its minority Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang provinceThomas Peter/Reuters
Jun 1, 2017

The decision comes as China is intensifying efforts to curb the rising threat of terrorism and Islamic separatism.

Jun 1, 2017

China put out a policy paper today on human rights in the Muslim-heavy Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the Chinese government has been cracking down extensively in recent years.

Jun 1, 2017

Communist party has repeatedly tried to crack down on expressions of Muslim identity in the region

From left, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Council President Donald Tusk pose for photos before a meeting held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
May 30, 2017

EU Needs to Deploy ‘Full Weight’ to Ease Crackdown

Uyghur men pray in a mosque in Hotan during Ramadan, April 16, 2015.
May 26, 2017

A directive suggests authorities are trying to undermine Uyghur observance of the Muslim holy month.

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