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Xi in Beijing in June 2017.

Xi Jinping has had a highly embarrassing week that undermined China’s power in the world. Here’s why he probably doesn’t care.

This week China faced intense criticism for its treatment of Uighur Muslims, Hong Kong protesters, and Belt and Road Initiative partners.
Map showing the projects subsumed under China's Belt and Road Initiative as of December 2015.

The US is scrambling to invest more in Asia to counter China’s ‘Belt and Road’ mega-project. Here’s what China’s plan to...

Supporters say it's a way for China to invest in emerging markets. Critics say this is a way for China to use money to leverage political gains.

Xi Jinping’s dream to connect the entire world with Chinese-built infrastructure just claimed one of its biggest victories yet

Italy signed a memorandum of understanding with China to take part in the Belt and Road Initiative.
A map showing some Belt and Road Initiative land routes that run through China's Xinjiang.

This map shows a trillion-dollar reason why China is oppressing more than a million Muslims

Beijing is persecuting the Uighur people of Xinjiang, which is located by many of routes along Xi Jinping's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.
The boa constrictor is among the hundreds of invasive species that could spread to new territories a result of the project.

China’s $1 trillion infrastructure project could encourage the spread of invasive bird and reptile species

China's Belt and Road initiative could accelerate the spread of invasive species.
A composite image of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Pakistan abruptly stopped calling out China’s mass oppression of Muslims. Critics say Beijing bought its silence

Chinese authorities are accused of arbitrarily imprisoning Uighurs in prison-like camps and making them renounce their religion.
Pakistan paramilitary soldiers take cover during Friday's attack. The Balochistan Liberation Army militant group claimed responsibility.

Terrorists opposed to Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road megaproject claim responsibility for killing 4 at Chinese Consulate in Pakistan

Three people threw grenades and had a shootout at China's consulate in Karachi on Friday. The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility.
China has been teaching its economic partners how to clamp down on online speech and how to write positive stories about it.

China gave foreign countries and journalists seminars on how to restrict online speech and unflattering news reports

China has a long record of muzzling free speech in the country. It wields a lot of soft power over its economic allies.
Malaysia became the second large Muslim ally of China to stand up to Beijing over its persecution of its Muslim ethnic minority. Here, a composite image of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Malaysia stood up to China’s demands to hand over its persecuted Muslim prisoners, and Beijing is furious

Malaysia this week ignored China's requests to deport 11 members of the Muslim ethnic minority to China. The southeast Asian country sent them to Turkey instead. Beijing on Friday said "we resolutely oppose" that decision.
Sri Lankan navy personnel welcome the Chinese navy ship Hai Yangdao, October 4, 2018.

The US and Japan are competing with China, and they’ve all got a small island country in their sights

China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific has worried the US, Japan, and others in the region, and they're looking to use their militaries to counter Beijing's outreach.