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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.

 Bruno Macaes at the border of China and Pakistan, through which the Belt and Road will run. Photograph: PR handout from publishers
Jan 29, 2018

A freshly created town has been chosen by China as the launching point for its Belt and Road project that will take not only its trade to Europe, but influence and power

Jan 22, 2018

As China’s economic might grows, Beijing is leveraging that power to coerce foreign companies to advance its political narrative and punish them when they step out of line. The Chinese Communist Party’s treatment this month of hotel giant Marriott after a minor website error takes the effort to a new and dangerous level.

Police patrol the streets as Muslims leave the Id Kah Mosque after the morning prayers in Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, in July 2017. Photo: AFP
Jan 17, 2018

Roseann Rife says the region has became a testing ground for China’s most oppressive security policies but vilifying certain ethnic groups and drowning out moderate viewpoints will not lead to a peaceful nation

 ‘Regional and local rules and policies include banning “abnormally” long beards in public places.’ Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian
Dec 28, 2017

In Xinjiang, cutting-edge technology is reinforcing tight social controls. These measures are unlikely to stay within the region’s bounds

Supporters of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che protested against his imprisonment in China for holding online political lectures and helping the families of jailed dissidents. Photo: AP
Dec 26, 2017

As the population becomes wealthier and better educated, people’s aspirations for civil and political rights will grow, and these must be met in order to avoid discontent and disorder

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