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Sep 18, 2017

The tale of the Silk Road is one of intrigue, war and cities lost. But within this complex and quixotic tableau, it is the story of China's Tarim Basin that best echoes the age-old warning: History is doomed to repeat itself.

Sep 18, 2017

The United Nations General Assembly is about to open, with the traditional lead-off speech by the president of Brazil followed by the president of the United States. The speeches and activities this year will, as usual, be a mix of the interesting and the dull, the consequential and the useless, the honest and the hypocritical.

Sep 15, 2017

PEN America interviews the leaders of different PEN centers from the global network to offer a window into the literary accomplishments and free expression challenges of their respective countries. This month we spoke with Kaiser Abdurusul from the PEN Uyghur Center.

Chinese PLA soldiers attend a grand rally to mark the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 1 August 2017. Photo: AFP
Sep 12, 2017

While sweeping military change is on the cards at China's upcoming Communist Party Congress, few expect ethnic minority officers from unstable regions to make top brass

The Belt Road Initiative promises economic development for China’s westernmost province but reality on the ground is less promising
Aug 31, 2017

Published: 31 Aug 2017

Li Wenzu, wife of lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who was detained in what is known as the "709" crackdown, joins others protesting in front of the Supreme People's Procuratorate in Beijing, China July 7, 2017. Picture taken July, 7, 2017. Image Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Aug 30, 2017

Detained activists have two choices: vanish or confess.

Aug 29, 2017

Ona bright midsummer morning when you take your little girl’s hand and walk to school listening the birds singing on the way along the narrow footpath, you feel thankful to life that today will be one of your best days full of enjoyment just like any other day that you have hastily left behind you.

Aug 29, 2017

As millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the beginning of Hajj, Uyghur Turks continue to face state-led discrimination.

Aug 24, 2017

Both Hui and Uighur Muslims have experienced intensified restrictions and Islamophobia since Xi Jinping became leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in November 2012, with controls deepening and expanding in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region especially.

Aug 21, 2017

China’s tech giants are helping the state build a digital panopticon.

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