The World Tonight

I spoke about Xinjiang and Theresa May’s visit to China on The World Tonight on Radio 4 last night. That segment starts at 12:52.



The ‘perfect police state’


Two very good pieces from Xinjiang this week – one, a look at the securitisation of Xinjiang by Tom Philips in The Guardian (in which I am quoted), the other a nice piece of reporting from Bortala in Xinjiang by Edward Wong from the New York Times.

TLS review of ‘Uyghur Nation’


I wrote a piece on David Brophy’s remarkable book for the Times Literary Supplement.


Urbanisation in Xinjiang

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).


Time Out Shanghai


There’s a Q and A about China’s Forgotten People in the new issue of Time Out Shanghai.


Reviews for China’s Forgotten People


Some thoughtful reviews from Kerry Brown at Open Democracy, Tom Miller at The Spectator, and Jonathan Mirsky at Literary Review (click here for pdfs LR CFP 1 LR CFP 2). Thanks to these experienced China commentators for taking the time to write such considered pieces.

There’s also a good overview of some of the book’s issues by Joshua Bird at Asian Review of Books and by Paul French at China Rhyming.

Thanks also to Ian Johnson of the New York Times for his incisive Q and A on the book.


‘181 Terrorist groups’

Anti-terror drill in Xinjiang

Anti-terror drill in Xinjiang

My latest piece on the LRB Blog about China’s dubious claims about the extent and nature of ‘terrorism’ in Xinjiang.

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