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Police officers patrol in China’s Xinjiang province in February. (Kyodo News via Getty Images)
May 21, 2018

CHINA IS undertaking a repugnant campaign to destroy the identity of a minority people, the Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang province in the far northwest. The Chinese government has in recent years blamed violent attacks in the region on Islamist extremists and has targeted Uighurs and others for pressure and persecution.

Wang Zhen
May 17, 2018

By Tom Cliff
Posted at 19:30h

Protesters demanding that China respect human rights in its Xinjiang region and release members of the Uighur minority detained in so-called re-education centers there, in Brussels in April.CreditEmmanuel Dunand/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
May 15, 2018

What does it take to intern half a million members of one ethnic group in just a year? Enormous resources and elaborate organization, but the Chinese authorities aren’t stingy.

Men install a CCTV camera in a shopping street in the old town of Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
May 14, 2018

At least 120,000 Uighurs have been imprisoned in so-called “re-education camps” in the last two years, according to the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia.

May 3, 2018

In late April, Chinese Central Television (CCTV) broadcast a video confession by China-born Canadian citizen Chen Zhiheng and his brother.

Students watched a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping during the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress, Oct. 18, 2017. Photo: Chinatopix/Associated Press
Apr 26, 2018

The democratic cause is on the defensive today, and China’s pragmatic authoritarianism now offers a serious rival model, based on economic progress and national dignity

Apr 9, 2018

The first threatening phone call that Zhuang Liehong got in New York was in the fall of 2016, on a gloriously warm September morning.

Feb 27, 2018

The events of the past month suggest several ways to counter antidemocratic pressure from China’s government.

The Khunjerab Pass sits along the border of Pakistan and China’s Xinjiang region, where strategic Belt and Road construction is underway. June 29, 2015. (Mian Khursheed/For The Washington Post)
Feb 14, 2018

An idea as big as China’s “Belt and Road” is bound to have contradictions.

Uygur men visiting a night market in Hotan. Some Uygurs allege that ethnic Han settlers in Xinjiang receive preferential treatment. Photo: AFP
Feb 12, 2018

China makes the news quite often these days. And for good reason: the Dragon will determine much of our future in the rest of the world for the coming century, whether we like it or not.

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