January 2015

As Muslim Uighurs Flee, China Sees Jihad Risk

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 13:40
 Uighur protesters burn a Chinese flag in Istanbul, where some members of the mostly Muslim ethnic group have settled after fleeing their homeland in China. Photo: Associated Press

As Homeland Grows Violent, Some Uighurs Seek Haven in Turkey

Five Dead After Security Checkpoint Clash in Xinjiang’s Hotan Prefecture

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:57
A crowd of mainly Uyghurs shopping at a bazaar in Hotan, Nov. 6, 2013.

Two Uyghur youth were shot dead and one captured after the fatal stabbing of three security officials.

Villagers Appeal for Release of Jailed, Elderly Uyghur Religious Scholar

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:53
Ablimit Qari Hajim (R) sits with other Kelpin county residents before his arrest in an undated photo.

Residents of Aksu prefecture say an 85-year-old imam jailed on charges of illegal religious teaching activities and murder is in poor health.

China to curb phone, computer purchases in restive Xinjiang

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:51

Anyone buying a mobile phone or a computer in the restive far-western Chinese region of Xinjiang will have to register their personal details with police, state media reported, in the latest sign of tightening government restrictions.

China: Political Repression at a High Mark

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:33
Ilham Tohti

2014 Sees Crackdown on Critics, Party Rivals

Comments Used in Case Against Pu Zhiqiang Spread Online

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:28
Pu Zhiqiang.Credit Andy Wong/Associated Press

Calamity comes through the mouth, warns a Chinese saying. And for Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, calamity has come in 28 passionate, scathing remarks that the police say he made on the Internet.

Exploiting Terrorism as a Pretext for Repression

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:01
Chinese President Xi Jinping

Venezuela jails opposition political figures as terrorists. Russia and China put critics in psychiatric hospitals.

CHINA’S MEDIA WAR: Censorship, Corruption & Control

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 20:20
Photo credit: Hong Kong Press Photographers

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) yesterday released the seventh annual China Press Freedom Report, CHINA’S MEDIA WAR: Censorship, Corruption & Control.

Central Asia: the view from China

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 20:17

China’s rise in Central Asia is not a new phenomenon. For the past decade, Beijing has gradually moved to become the most significant and consequential actor on the ground in a region that was previously considered Russia’s backyard.

2015 Update: The Xinjiang Archives Project

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 20:14

Initiated in 2011, the Xinjiang Archives Project (新疆文库) aims to publish 1,000 volumes by 2020. According to a January 2015 report that ran in 《了望》magazine (文化格局), 26 volumes have been published.