Xinjiang

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Villagers in Xinjiang are taken  to cotton farms, sometimes hundreds of miles away. They pick the crop that ends up in Chinese clothing factories. Photograph: Adam Dean/New York Times

The order from Chinese officials was blunt and urgent. Villagers from Muslim minorities should be pushed into jobs, willing or not. Quotas would be se(...)

This was the year of Nancy Pelosi, whose decision finally to bow to internal Democratic Party pressure and pursue Trump for abuse of power over his dealings with Ukraine led to only the third impeachment of a president in US history. Pelosi, reinvigorated as House Speaker, marshalled the process with poise and a keen political antenna. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

In this age of technological revolution and economic globalisation, it is often taken as given that human agency has been eroded, if not swept away, b(...)

A high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp   on the outskirts of Hotan, in   Xinjiang. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP

Chinese astrologers heralded in the 2019 Year of the Pig as a time for riches to flow, a year brimful of joy and friendship. After President Xi Jinpin(...)

Pervasive security apparatus has subdued the ethnic unrest in the Xinjiang region. But it is also prompting many Han Chinese to consider relocating to other parts of the country. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty

Increasing numbers of Han Chinese are eager to move out of the Muslim-dominated province of Xinjiang, which is wracked by inter-ethnic tensions, but t(...)

China’s ambassador to Australia has labelled reports that one million Uighurs are being held in detention “fake news”, seeking to excuse mass incarceration as a deradicalisation measure. Photograph: Lukas Coch AUSTRALIA and New Zealand OUT/EPA

China’s ambassador to Australia has labelled reports that one million Uighurs are being held in detention “fake news”, seeking to excuse mass incarcer(...)

Uighur men arriving before Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of Ramadan, outside the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, in June 2019. Photograph:  Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

China is ramping up a programme to send cadres to stay in the homes of Xinjiang’s ethnic minorities, a policy the government calls an affectionate cul(...)

US secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in support of Mesut Özil’s broadside against Beijing, ‘ truth will prevail’.

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Tuesday came out in support of Arsenal player Mesut Özil for his criticism of China’s treatment of ethnic Uighur (...)

Turkish and Uighur protesters hold pictures of Arsenal’s  Mesut Ozil  during a protest against in Istanbul on Saturday. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

China’s response to a footballer’s tweet about the repression of the Uighur minority shows how acutely sensitive it is to foreign commentary on human (...)

Shohrat Zakir, deputy secretary of the Communist Party committee for China’s Xinjiang region,  in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China has claimed that Uighurs and other minorities believed to be detained in Xinjiang have been freed, repeating claims made previously but offering(...)

Chen Quanguo, Chinese Communist Party chief in Xinjiang, who has been identified in a Bill passed by the US House of Representatives as a potential target for sanctions over human rights abuses of Uighurs and other  Muslim minorities. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

Beijing reacted angrily on Wednesday after the US House of Representatives passed a Bill that could lead to tough sanctions for human rights abuses in(...)

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