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Nov 3, 2017

China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, an economic expansion plan that follows the trade routes of the medieval Tang and Yuan dynasties across Eurasia, is overly ambitious because, like all grand strategies, it is aspirational. Yet the future of Eurasia is written into its design.

A train in Xingjian. Last December, it was announced that Erik Prince’s Frontier Services Group (FSG) would set up two “forward operating bases,” including in Xinjiang, to support the development of China’s Road and Belt Initiative. (Photo: takeshisz via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Oct 18, 2017

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater, is evidently mulling a run for a US Senate seat. At the same time, he is working with China’s government to provide security services in the restive western region of Xinjiang.

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Pool photo by Andy Wong/Associated Press)
Oct 17, 2017

On Oct. 18, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party will meet in its 19th congress and reelect a party leader who, more than any Chinese strongman since Mao Zedong, has attempted to reinvigorate Communist ideology. We in the West ignore Xi Jinping’s pretensions at our peril.

A man rides an electric scooter in Shanghai on Thursday past a poster promoting next month’s 19th National Congress of China’s Communist Party. (Aly Song/Reuters)
Sep 14, 2017

China is gearing up for one of the most important meetings on its political calendar. Next month thousands of delegates from around the country will convene in Beijing for the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. The meeting will culminate in the announcement of the new members of the country’s most important decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee

Sep 8, 2017

THE Rohingyas of Myanmar are back on the front pages, their desperate plight confirming that the ‘civilised’ world of the 21st century is still a living hell for what the legendary anti-imperialist Frantz Fanon’s called “the wretched of the earth”.

Aug 28, 2017

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been touted by China and its supporters as a groundbreaking initiative, which will bring Central Asia together with increased connectivity and historic prosperity for all.

Aug 23, 2017

A radical shift in domestic policy in and regarding China's northwestern autonomous region of Xinjiang, replacing communal coexistence between Chinese "colonials" and the indigenous Uyghur population, is claimed by central authorities in Beijing to be aimed at lifting development and living standards of the entire population.

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
Aug 22, 2017

THE CAMBRIDGE University Press has rightly abandoned its plan to censor the prestigious China Quarterly journal at the behest of the Chinese authorities. It was indefensible for the journal to remove some 300 sensitive articles and book reviews from its website for a Chinese audience, and it realized the error quickly. But the Chinese request will probably not be the last.

Aug 16, 2017

Dolkun Isa was on his way to speak at Italy’s Senate late last month when he was stopped by the police and detained for a number of hours.

Jul 3, 2017

Miining boom towns, violent clashes with indigenous peoples, prospectors pushing into foreign lands — welcome to China's Wild West!

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