Dr Michael Clarke is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies, Australian Defence College, and an Adjunct Professor at the Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney. He is the author of Xinjiang and China’s Rise in Central Asia: A History (Routledge 2011) and editor of Terrorism and Counterterrorism in China: Domestic and Foreign Policy Dimensions, (Oxford University Press 2018).
Wang Yi’s fruitless diplomacy in Europe
Beijing misunderstands that Russia’s war in Ukraine – and China’s failure to condemn it – has vastly changed views.
China’s ungainly balancing act with Russia
The promise is a “no limits” friendship. But there are evident boundaries, all the same.
Beijing three-step: China denies, deflects and dissembles on Xinjiang
The UN human rights report has exposed China’s hollow propaganda claims – but won’t stop them.
Dizzy with success: Xi consolidates repression in Xinjiang
An “inspection tour” signals the Party-state’s odious grip on the region and determination to control people’s identity.
How China views “strategic competition” with the United States
Contrasting official readouts of the recent Biden-Xi summit offer an insight in Beijing’s attitudes on world order.
Some reflections on the “anonymous Xinjiang paper”
We should debate those we disagree with. But engagement must be based on a good faith assessment of evidence.
Colonialism and cultural erasure in Xinjiang
The ideology behind the CCP’s “re-education” of the Uighur shares in the history of subjugating indigenous populations.
Uighur: Australia needs to end “business as usual” with China
Taking action would be consistent with Australia’s democratic values and core security interests.
Xinjiang’s “transformation through education” camps
The history of Chinese policy in Xinjiang shows the Communist Party has never been averse to repression of ethnic minority opposition and dissent.