May 2017

China created a new terrorist threat by repressing secessionist fervor in its western frontier

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:48
Beijing created a pressure cooker in Xinjiang	(Reuters/David Gray)

Beijing created a pressure cooker in Xinjiang

China: EU Summit Should Make Rights A Priority

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:44
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

EU Needs to Deploy ‘Full Weight’ to Ease Crackdown

China looks to resurrect road of past — minus the freedom

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:42
A police station in Taxkorgan. In the Xinjiang area most cities and towns have police stations on every block.

My recent participation in the Silk Road Expedition 2017 was fascinating in many ways. In my four dispatches from the Silk Road for The Blade, I had reported on our travel on the Silk Road from Shanghai in the east to Kashgar in the southwest where ancient trade routes from Europe, Central Asia, and Pakistan converged.

Restaurants Ordered to Remain Open in Xinjiang Amid Ramadan Fast

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 13:58
Uyghur men pray in a mosque in Hotan during Ramadan, April 16, 2015.

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

Xinjiang Authorities Confiscate ‘Extremist’ Qurans From Uyghur Muslims

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:47
Uyghur men gather outside for afternoon prayers at a mosque in Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture, April 19, 2015.

All versions of the Islamic holy book published prior to 2012 are seized.

China expands DNA data grab in troubled western region

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:32

Alarms raised over suspected efforts to collect massive numbers of genetic samples from citizens.

China’s Rights Abuses Infect UN

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:29
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during a high-level event in the Assembly Hall at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2017. © 2017 Reuters

Global Body Should Do More to Protect Beijing’s Critics

How China Wound up Outside the International Human Rights Debate

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:16
President Xi Jinping of China addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Sept. 28, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Mike Segar

As China’s global role grows, it’s increasingly important to speak out about the country’s human rights issues.

Uyghurs Forced to Undergo Medical Exams, DNA Sampling

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:35
A Uyghur man stands outside a mosque in Turpan, Xinjiang,in a file photo.

More than 90 percent of Xinjiang’s residents received checkups over a seven-month period.

China’s Employment of Unmanned Systems: Across the Spectrum from Peacetime to Wartime

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:32
CASC showcased its latest CH-5 with four AR-1 and four AR-2 guided anti-armour weapons as underwing stores on each wing at Airshow China 2016, giving it an impressive 16-missile arsenal. Source: IHS/Kelvin Wong

While China has become a driving force for the proliferation of UAVs worldwide through its extensive and increasing exports, China’s own use of these systems could also influence global norms regarding their employment.