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A giant banner is seen in Beijing's central business area, as the capital prepares for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, October 14, 2017. The words on the banner read, "Unite closely around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, constantly win new victory for socialism with Chinese characteristics". © 2017 Reuters
Oct 17, 2017

Heightened ‘Stability Maintenance’ Bodes Ill for Rights Under Xi’s Second Term

Oct 17, 2017

China's official Xinhua news agency attacked Western democracy as divisive and confrontational on Tuesday, praising on the eve of a key Communist Party Congress the harmony and cooperative nature of the Chinese system.

Oct 16, 2017

They take on tough farm work to make up for wages lost by men held in re-education camps.

Officials of the "stability maintenance" team in the Kanas Scenic Area of Xinjiang's Altay prefecture, close to China's border with Kazakhstan, in undated photo.
Oct 16, 2017

The crackdown comes after the Xinjiang Communist Party chief calls for a massive region-wide security operation to prevent the occurrence of any incident, large or small.

Uyghur students study at a bilingual middle school in Hotan, Xinjiang, in a file photo.
Oct 13, 2017

The move is the latest in a series of measures that privilege the use of Chinese in the region's schools, regardless of students' ethnicity.

A Uyghur man takes in the view from a lookout point above Korla city, in Xinjiang's Bayin’gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, in a file photo.
Oct 13, 2017

An official says detainees will not be freed until they admit it was ‘wrong’ to leave China.

China officially tolerates the observance of Buddhism and major religious organisations such as Christianity and Islam. Photograph: Tass via Getty Images
Oct 13, 2017

Superstition breeds corruption, the People’s Daily says

Chinese security forces on guard in Qaraqash county in Hotan prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang region, Aug. 3, 2014.
Oct 12, 2017

His status as a ‘Patriotic Religious Scholar’ was ignored by police arresting the young men.

chinese president Xi Jinping
Oct 12, 2017

From Internet regulation and online censorship to a clampdown on activists and non-governmental organisations, China has tightened controls on Chinese society since Xi Jinping assumed power in late 2012, first as Communist Party chief and then as president in 2013.

Oct 11, 2017

In a stunning reversal, the EU made an Item 4 statement at the 36th session of the HRC that ended in Geneva on September 29, called on China to respect cultural diversity and freedom of religion in Tibet and Xinjiang.

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