“China is at the forefront of academic research in many disciplines and the second-biggest economy in the world. The possibilities for collaboration would be exciting if the price tag were not selective blindness to human-rights abuses.” Photograph: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

President Michael D Higgins gave a stirring address at an online conference on academic freedom this week. He suggested we are in danger of losing not(...)

A file photograph of a dormitory for women in an indoctrination centre for ethnic Uyghurs in Hotan, in the Xinjiang region of China. File photograph: Gilles Sabrié/New York Times

Birth rates in Xinjiang fell by almost half in the two years after the Chinese government implemented policies to reduce the number of babies born to (...)

China’s Uighur minority are being moved from their homes and mass detention camps into factories to work under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour for suppliers to a range of multinationals including Apple and Huawei, according to an Australian think tank. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

China’s Uighur minority are being moved from their homes and mass detention camps into factories to work under conditions that strongly suggest forced(...)