State-managed Buddhism and Chinese-Mongolian relations

Written by Jichang Lulu. “No matter what the 14th Dalai Lama says or does, he cannot deny the Central Government’s right to recognise reincarnations,” says Norbu Döndrup ནོར་བུ་དོན་གྲུབ 罗布顿珠, one of the highest-ranking Tibetan officials in the Autonomous Region’s government. Zhu Weiqun 朱维群, former deputy head of the […]

2017 Defense Department Report on Chinese Military Power

Written by Bert Chapman. The 2000 National Defense Authorization Act saw Congress direct the Pentagon to prepare an annual report on Chinese military power in classified and unclassified versions. A 2010 amendment to this legislation directed this report to cover emerging Chinese military-technological developments and forecast future trends […]

Dividing the Third Pole

Written by Martin Mills. Over the last decade, the Tibetan Plateau has changed beyond recognition. In the place of the organic huddles of mud-brick villages and scattered nomadic pastoralist tents that characterised rural life on the Plateau for more than a thousand years, stand roadside lines of concrete […]

China has not won the heart of its minorities

Written by Claude Arpi. On June 1, the Information Office of China’s State Council (Cabinet) published a White Paper (WP) entitled “Freedom of religious belief protected in Xinjiang.” These types of publications are part of regular exercises trying to provide a rosy picture to the world in areas […]

Islam in Xinjiang

Written by Elizabeth Van Wie Davis. A new Chinese White Paper titled, Human Rights in Xinjiang-Development and Progress (White Paper) was released on June 1, 2017. The paper outlines recent policies and occurrences involving Islam in Xinjiang. This White Paper, along with several other official documents outlining the […]