January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
December 17, 2015 § Leave a comment
There’s an interesting piece on urbanisation in Xinjiang by Wade Shepard at The Diplomat (in which I am quoted). He writes about Horgos, the border town near Yining, where I used to live, and the speed with which Horgos is being transformed into a municipality. In general terms, it seems that the development of this much vaunted New Silk Road is centered around the north of Xinjiang, and thus runs the risk of further widening the economic gap between it and the south of the region (which is where most Uyghurs live).
September 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
I write about the Tianjin explosion and the need to reform low-level governance in China on the LRB Blog.
September 8, 2015 § Leave a comment
There’s a Q and A about China’s Forgotten People in the new issue of Time Out Shanghai.
July 22, 2015 § Leave a comment
Some thoughtful reviews from Kerry Brown at Open Democracy and Jonathan Mirsky at Literary Review (click here for pdfs LR CFP 1 LR CFP 2). Thanks to both of these experienced China commentators for taking the time to write such considered pieces.
Also a good overview of the book’s issues by Joshua Bird at Asian Review of Books
June 3, 2015 § Leave a comment
My latest piece on the LRB Blog about China’s dubious claims about the extent and nature of ‘terrorism’ in Xinjiang.