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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for a press conference at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 5, 2017. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP.
Oct 27, 2017

When President Xi Jinping was handed a second term at the helm of the Communist Party this week, he said China had entered a “new era”. But human rights activists expect the same old crackdowns.

China's President Xi Jinping claps after his speech as he and other new Politburo Standing Committee members meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 25, 2017.
Oct 27, 2017

On the Google map of Beijing there is an empty quarter, an urban block next to the Communist party's leadership compound in which few of the buildings are named.

A painting by Hong Nian Zhang showing Ming dynasty mariner Zheng He with his fleet of trading ships, late twentieth century
Oct 25, 2017

The singular contribution of the man now vying for a place next to Mao in the pantheon of Chinese leaders, Xi Jinping, is the One Belt, One Road project. It was a public relations triumph: Mao destroyed the old order, Deng Xiaoping laid the foundations of a modern economy, Xi is making China great again.

Oct 25, 2017

In the southern Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen, young men and women dart in and out of gleaming silver high rises that house offices for countless local startups in the city’s Nanshan neighborhood.

Khorgos East Gate, a dry container port next to the border with China, is key to Kazakhstan’s hopes of recreating the Old Silk Road. Here trains from China will unload their containers for transhipment to Central Asia and Europe. PHOTO: KHORGOS GATEWAY
Oct 24, 2017

On China’s remote western frontier with Kazakhstan, yurts and camels are silhouetted against a piercing blue sky. Yet the most striking image rising from the desert is an entirely new city. Founded four years ago, Khorgos is poised to become the world’s busiest inland port, a vital link in China’s multi-billion dollar plan to re-create the Silk Road.

Oct 24, 2017

I commend Nick Bisley and Ian Hall for kicking off a debate in Australia about the nature and potential implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Oct 24, 2017

Just last month, Chinese officials ordered Chinese Muslims in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to hand over copies of the Quran and other religious materials as part of a crackdown on “extremists.”

Oct 24, 2017

“The United Front (UF) is an important magic weapon for the the party’s victory.”

Political cartoon depicting the detention of Uyghur students in Egypt, and in some cases their deportation, at the apparent behest of the Chinese government. Image Credit: Credit: Rebel Pepper/Radio Free Asia.
Oct 13, 2017

As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prepares for its 19th Congress on October 18, restrictions on day-to-day freedoms in the country are becoming more intrusive. 

Political cartoon depicting the detention of Uyghur students in Egypt, and in some cases their deportation, at the apparent behest of the Chinese government. Image Credit: Credit: Rebel Pepper/Radio Free Asia.
Oct 13, 2017

As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prepares for its 19th Congress on October 18, restrictions on day-to-day freedoms in the country are becoming more intrusive. 

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