The predominantly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group are among the minorities targeted in what Beijing claims is a campaign to tackle unrest and separatism. The UN says a million Uyghurs have been arbitrarily detained in “political re-education camps,” whilst Human Rights Watch reports that surveillance and repression in Xinjiang has increased dramatically since 2016. Several western countries has imposed sanctions over Beijing’s actions.


China has elected delegates for key Communist Party congress in October

The congress in the capital Beijing comes as Chinese leader Xi Jinping faces significant political headwinds, including an ailing economy, deteriorating relations with the United States and a strict zero-Covid policy that has accelerated China’s inward turn from the world.


Does China want the US to leave Afghanistan?

By Georgia Leatherdale-Gilholy After an almost 20-year war – the US’s longest – President Biden has announced that US and NATO troops will complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31st. America’s war may be almost over, but Afghanistan’s conflict won’t be. The cycle of violence and humanitarian crises that have recently characterised the so-called…

Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics: The right time, the right place, the right people

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be held in Beijing in February next year. Ahead of the announcement in 2015 of China’s successful candidacy, President Xi Jinping lauded the Games as an excellent opportunity to “boost exchanges and mutual understanding between the Chinese and other civilisations around the world.” However, since the confirmation of Beijing’s…


Who is John Lee? 12 quotes from Hong Kong’s unopposed leadership hopeful

Hong Kong’s former chief secretary John Lee has officially thrown his hat into the ring for next month’s leadership race after he submitted 786 nominations on Wednesday. The 64-year-old is the sole hopeful in the small-circle election scheduled for May 8. Lee is on track to be elected the next chief executive by the 1,462…


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