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Oct 7, 2019

How President Tokayev walks the tightrope in the coming months will determine the fate of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, to which, Central Asia provides the backbone.

Seyil Eldos with his three younger brothers on the outskirts of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, on May 17. Eldos’s biological father died of a heart attack, and his mother married her husband’s younger brother, as is traditional. Eldos’s three brothers were born to the second marriage. NATHAN A. THOMPSON FOR FOREIGN POLICY
Oct 7, 2019

Repression in Xinjiang leaves tens of thousands of children without parents.

Oct 7, 2019

A drone video appearing to show hundreds of blindfolded men being led from a train in China has raised new concerns over the ongoing crackdown on Muslim Uyghurs in the far western region of Xinjiang.

Oct 7, 2019

Small nations know they can break from Washington—but not from Beijing.

Ethnic Kazakhs from Xinjiang hold up photos of their sentenced relatives.
Oct 7, 2019

Just a little over a decade ago, the facility on 1327 Dongzhan Road, a few kilometers north of the forlorn freight station in the northern outskirts of Xinjiang’s Urumqi, was mostly trees and grass.

Oct 7, 2019

The Chinese government is expanding detention camps in an effort to suppress the Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang, China.

Oct 7, 2019

Uighurs are Muslims who trace their roots back thousands of years in Central Asia, most currently living in the Chinese province Xinjiang.

Gulzira Mogdyn, 38, pauses as she tells her story in a cafe on the outskirts of Almaty, Kazakhstan. She said Chinese authorities aborted her fourth child in January 2018 after she returned to China from a visit to Kazakhstan. (Joel van Houdt/For The Washington Post)
Oct 7, 2019

The women have found refuge from Chinese authorities across the border in Kazakhstan, their ancestral homeland. But they remain haunted by the stories of abuse they carry with them. 

Oct 4, 2019

By WIL AIKEN
Editor-in-Chief
October 03, 2019

Oct 4, 2019

Prime Minister Imran Khan denounces Western ‘Islamophobia’ but shrugs at the Uighurs’ plight.

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