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The China Africa Relationship: Crossroads or Cliff?

Cobus van Staden, Eric Olander, Huang Hongxiang from ChinaFile Conversation
Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden publish the China Africa Project web site, whose weekly podcast we are proud to syndicate.  As we approach the sixth Forum on China Africa Cooperation Summit in Johannesburg, we’ve also picked up written...

China Aims to Build Its Own Secure Smartphones

State-owned and private tech firms team up to cut cord to U.S. suppliers.



China Censors Online Outcry After ISIS Execution

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian from Tea Leaf Nation
On November 18, the Islamic State (IS) released photos of what it claimed were two executed hostages. The photos, appearing in the terrorist group’s English-language magazine Dabiq, depict two men with bloodied faces, the word “executed” emblazoned...



Is China a Credible Partner in Fighting Terror?

Andrew Small, Chen Weihua, Wei Zhu, Eric Hundman from ChinaFile Conversation
In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said, “China is also a victim of terrorism. The fight against the ‘East Turkestan Islamic Movement’… should become an important part of the international fight against...

China to Push Cultural 'Blending' in Xinjiang Stability Push

Megha Rajagopalan and Ben Blanchard
China will push the study of Mandarin and the "blending" of different races as part of a new stability push in the troubled far western region of Xinjiang...

Human Rights: What Is China Accused of?

Camila Ruz
China's human rights record has been criticised for years...

In a Region Disturbed by Ethnic Tensions, China Keeps Tight Lid on a Massacre

Armed with only knives, the assailants struck at the coal mine in the dead of night.

Dalai Lama: China More Concerned About Future Dalai Lamas Than I Am

Mick Krever
"I have no concern," he told Amanpour in London, adding that it is "possible" he would be the last Dalai Lama...



Meet China’s Salman Rushdie

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian from Tea Leaf Nation
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

from Tea Leaf Nation
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.