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Tibetan exiles attend a protest held to mark the 10th anniversary of a Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule, in New Delhi, India, March 14, 2018. Source: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton
Jun 6, 2018

By Andrew Firmin
6th June 2018

Jun 6, 2018

When leaders of the Group of 7 countries meet in Quebec on Friday, the United States can expect a chilly reception. The other G-7 countries — France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Japan and Canada — have already expressed “unanimous concern and disappointment” with President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum in a joint statement issued by their finance ministers last week.

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.

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