State-Appointed Muslim Leader Killed in Xinjiang

Xinhua reports that police in Kashgar, Xinjiang, have shot dead two and captured a third suspect in the murder of Jume Tahir, vice-president of the Beijing-sanctioned Islamic Association...

Not Letting a Hundred Flowers Bloom

After describing the systematic dismantling of the news website Cenci Journalism Project, deleted from the Internet earlier this month, The Economist looks at how Cenci’s...

Sensitive Words: Zhou Yongkang Investigation

As of July 31, the following search terms were blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Zhou Yongkang Investigation: On Tuesday of this week, ...

Hukou Reforms Aim to Smooth Urbanization

Chris Buckley at The New York Times reports the announcement of new changes to China’s hukou registration system, as promised in the reform blueprint published after the Party’s...

What’s Wrong With this Chinese Town?

At Foreign Policy, Alexa Olesen reports on a fresh scandal in the Jiangsu town from which seven petitioners traveled to Beijing to attempt public suicide this month. They worked under...

Xinjiang Attack Disputed; Uyghur Scholar Charged

Xinhua yesterday reported that a “premeditated and carefully planned” violent terrorist attack [Chinese] in Shache County, western Xinijang had killed dozens...