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Meet China’s Salman Rushdie

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
On a warm late afternoon in June, I sat with Perhat Tursun as he slowly exhaled a puff of smoke from a blue cigarette with shiny gold trim. Arrayed on the pale lace tablecloth before us was an assortment of nuts, sunflower seeds, and wine. The...

China’s Latest Ally in Its Crackdown on Religion: The Pope

Zheping Huang
This week, Chinese president Xi Jinping and Pope Francis missed each other on their back-to-back visits to the United States.

China Micromanages Tibet, Floods It With Money to Woo Locals

Nearly 6,500 civil servants have been dispatched to manage hefty budgets and shape Tibet's modernization...



‘God’s United Front’ and the Battle Over China’s Crosses

This article first appear in Chinese on September 2 in Hong Kong-based outlet The Initium Media. Foreign Policy translates with permission, with edits for brevity and clarity.On the evening of August 16, nearly one hundred pastors, ministers, and...

I’m with the Banned: China Blocks Bon Jovi Gigs

Jennifer Duggan
U.S. group were due to perform first China shows next week, but previous use of Dalai Lama image may have prompted officia intervention.

Inside the Quiet Lives of China’s Disappearing Tibetan Nomads

Rachel Lowry, photos by Kevin Frayer
As settlements see an influx of Tibetans, the transition is difficult for these nomad-turned-villagers.

Suspect in Bangkok Bombing Has Chinese Passport, Thailand Says

Thomas Fuller
The bombing was connected to the grievances of Uighurs who say they are oppressed by ethnic Han.

Who Loses Most from Chaos in China—And Some Possible Silver Linings

The panic may weaken demand for U.S. exports. But that could make some goods cheaper for consumers.

Tibet’s Road Ahead

Barbara Demick
Tibetans complain that they live, essentially, as second-class citizens in their own land. Their language, culture and faith are all under pressure. They attend substandard schools and, if they manage to get an education, lack the same job...

Confucius Says, Xi Does

Since he came to power in 2012, Mr Xi has sought to elevate Confucius—whom Mao vilified—as the grand progenitor of Chinese culture.

China Cracks Down on Hong Kong Evangelists

Juliana Liu
A 2014 survey of more than 1,000 Protestant churches in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Church Renewal Movement gives some insight into their activities.



China: The Best and the Worst Place to Be a Muslim Woman

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
A woman’s solitary voice, earthy and low, rises above the seated worshipers. More than 100 women stand, bow, and touch their foreheads to the floor as a female imam leads evening prayers at a women-only mosque during the first week of Islam’s holy...

Chinese Tourists Warned over Turkey Uighur Protests

China advised citizens against travelling to Turkey after it said several tourists were attacked in protests over the Chinese government's treatment of Uighur Muslims...

China Concerned Over Turkish Religious Complaints

The Associated Press
China expressed displeasure with Turkey’s complaints about restrictions on worship and fasting by Uighur Muslims during Ramadan.

'Ghost Fleet' Depicts War Between China, U.S.

Tom Risen
Peter Singer and August Cole expand their research as analysts into the realm of imagination about a future that could find the U.S. at war with China.