U.S. President Donald Trump’s skepticism of climate change guarantees that his administration will cede global leadership on the issue. The fact that China, the world’s largest emitter, is willing to pick up the mantle seems like good news for the planet. But it is too soon to breathe easy.
China has long described its treatment of the ethnic Uighur population in the region of Xinjiang as part of a counterterrorism campaign. In an email interview, expert Sean R. Roberts discusses how violence in Xinjiang has evolved, why it has increased lately and whether the terrorism framing is accurate.