Islamic landmark in China: the Dongguan mosque in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, western China.
The removal of distinctive ‘Arabian-style’ features at the entrance to one of China’s biggest mosques is the latest move in a campaign of forcible assimilation of China’s Muslim minorities.
Australia’s Senate has voted to prohibit the import of goods made using forced labour. But without government support it won’t become law.
The current public discourse about Uyghur Muslims has become too politicised to benefit those who are said to be subject to forced labour.
In its inaugural contest, the Tianfu Cup produced an iPhone hack that was allegedly used to spy on China’s Uyghur minority.
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue might be the most important security alliance you’ve never heard of – and New Zealand needs to start taking it seriously.
There’s a sizeable gap between Western perceptions of the role of journalists in democratic societies and China’s view that media should serve the interests of the state.
Among the many issues that Joe Biden has to deal with, what place does he reserve for the alliance of democracies project that he mentioned during his presidential campaign?
The new US administration has talked about setting up an alliance of democracies. For the time being, the project seems vague. Yet such an alliance is necessary.
A child stands near a large screen showing photos of Chinese President Xi Jinping near a carpark in Kashgar in western China’s Xinjiang region.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Rights-based pressure on China over its treatment of Uyghurs is necessary, but other nations could also present best practices for the ethical treatment of racialized minorities in their own countries.
There are mounting calls for a boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
While governments and some athletes are opposed to a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, failing to take a stand against China’s human rights record has consequences.
Olympic flags fly over a section of Great Wall of China to mark the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing next February. Those opposed to China’s human rights violations are calling for a boycott. That’s a complicated form of protest.
A Uyghur rally to protest the 71st anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in front of the White House on October 1, 2020.
When your ‘friend’ and biggest trading partner is accused of genocide you can’t ignore it. But meaningful change will take more than words.
Between trade and traditional security alliances, New Zealand is being pulled in opposite directions over China. A new foreign policy is urgently needed.
A supporter of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen outside her campaign headquarters in Taipei on January 11, 2020, the day of her re-election.
By providing assistance to many countries affected by the pandemic, the People’s Republic of China is seeking to create a diversionary tactic to quietly put increasing pressure on Taiwan.
Uyghur women wearing protective masks.
China needs to tell the world what is going on in its detention camps in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Not only do some countries perpetrate direct attacks on students and academics but the internationalisation of higher education has also created new global threats.
Uighurs wait in line at a face scan checkpoint in Turpan, Xinjiang in northwest China on April 11, 2018.
An anthropologist who interviewed Uighurs in China found different ways in which Chinese authorities used checkpoints, social media and smartphones to identify, categorize and control this group.
Uyghurs in Australia are pressing Canberra to take a firmer stance with China on its treatment of the Muslim minority. Thus far, Australia’s response has been relatively muted.
China says it is helping the Uyghurs, but its actions meet the threshold of cultural genocide: ‘a premeditated, calculated, systematic, malicious crime authorised by the state’s political leaders’.
Uyghur people protest outside the UN headquarters in Genevea in November 2018.
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A group of 37 countries, including North Korea, Russia and Saudia Arabia, signed a letter in support of China’s human rights record.
Charges against Yang appear to relate to his work as a writer and blogger in which he has been sharply critical of the Chinese regime.
Yang’s detainment is set to further complicate Australia’s relationship with China.
Two universities are conducting internal reviews of research collaborations linked to the suppression and surveillance of the Uyghur minority in western China.
China’s aggressive program of acquiring technology from abroad should be a cause of concern for Australian universities. Yet, our system of vetting research collaborations is clearly broken.