@twsh To understand China, I believe you also need to know about Tibet, Taiwan, and HK.
Tibet is where China is brutally repressing the ughurs, and muslim people in the name of 'rooting out terrorists'. Really they are trying to eradicate their culture, and forcibly assimilate them.
Good book for Tibet
The Struggle for Tibet by Wang Lixiong and Tsering Shakya
(Collection of essays about history of Tibet and the struggle to preserve their culture)