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September 30, 2019

Ethnic cleansing of Uighurs in China has forced an exodus to Istanbul—and a desperate effort to keep their culture alive.

ISTANBUL (Foreign Policy)—On a Sunday morning in April, 9-year-old Nefise Kerim dragged her older sister, Saniya, to a bookstore in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu neighborhood. The girl’s brown eyes scoured the bookshelves full of colorful tomes depicting an Arabic script.

Kerim wanted to come after she had seen an a...

September 25, 2019

China is set to stage its largest military parade ever to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party coming to power. But while President Xi Jinping will use the occasion to reassert his position, he faces headwinds on multiple fronts.

Beijing (dpa) – On October 1, more than 15,000 troops and 580 sets of military equipment will roll down Beijing's historic Chang'An Avenue, while more than 160 military aircraft will w...

September 25, 2019

Pigeons caged, dogs banned and Internet slowed as China prepares to mark 70 years of Communist rule

Beijing, China (Al Jazeera) - Wu Xiaoliang gushes about the tanks and missiles that are set to roll through the streets of central Beijing on October 1 to mark 70 years of Communist rule, in what will be China’s largest-ever military parade and a show of the country's strength.

The 32-year-old horticulturist is a fan of a pop...

July 25, 2019

Chinese telecom giant Huawei is facing its toughest period in years as the United States accuses it of facilitating spying for Beijing. Washington is pressuring European countries to cut off their ties with the Shenzhen-based company, but few are willing to do so.

Shenzhen, China (dpa) – At lunchtime on a Friday in June, a group of Huawei employees crossed a replica of Heidelberg’s Old Bridge on their way to cafeterias near a f...

June 19, 2019

“Fiction movie writers wouldn’t be able to imagine and write about the suffering of the Uighur people.” 

Habibullah has lost contact with his sister, while Hatice doesn’t know anything about her husband. This is the reality for many Uighurs, China's ethnic Muslim minority, who've fled the country to escape alleged internment and surveillance. 

Our latest immersive documentary highlights the fears and hopes of Uighur Muslims in I...

Hong Kong (dpa) - Nearly 2 million people took to the streets of Hong Kong to rally against a controversial extradition bill on Sunday, organizers said, in the largest protest since the city returned to Chinese rule in 1997. 

The figure was announced on Sunday night as thousands of people remained on the streets of Hong Kong, filling major highways and stopping traffic in the government district. 

Sunday's protest is e...

Thirty years ago on June 4, the Chinese army opened fire on student protesters in Tiananmen Square. The government has attempted to erase the "incident" from history, but victims and some perpetrators are keeping the memory alive.

Beijing/Taipei (dpa) – Fang Zheng recalls the students' withdrawal from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on the morning of June 4, 1989, as peaceful.

A few thousand students had sat overnight around the Monu...

Hashtag campaign on social media gathers force after Liu Jingyao sued Richard Liu for sexual assault in US

Beijing (The Guardian) - China’s internet users have rallied behind a student who is pursuing a civil case against billionaire retail tycoon Richard Liu, whom she accuses of rape.

Twenty-one-year-old University of Minnesota student Liu Jingyao, who has agreed to be named, has accused the chief executive of getting he...

April 30, 2019

Authorities use an app to collect personal data on Uighurs as part of a vast surveillance network, Human Rights Watch says

Beijing (The Guardian) - Using too much electricity or having acquaintances abroad are among a list of reasons that prompt authorities in China’s western Xinjiang region to investigate Uighurs and other Muslims who might be deemed “untrustworthy” and sent to internment camps, according to a Human Rights Wat...

March 11, 2019

China says the internment camps in its Xinjiang region are "vocational training centres" that teach skills to ethnic minority populations. But survivors speak of torture, beatings and abuse inside the camps, which will haunt them long after they got out.

Almaty, Kazakhstan (dpa) – Kairat Samarkan examined the dark room. He could hear the breathing of 15 men asleep on mattresses laid on the floor. He was tasked with overseeing h...

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