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Jun 9, 2014

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the far west of the People’s Republic of China is more than 1.6 million square kilometres in area.

Chinese paramilitary policemen stand watch over visitors during the flag-lowering ceremony on the eve of the June 4 anniversary at Tiananmen Square in Beijing [AP]
Jun 4, 2014

The voices to topple the Chinese Communist Party have become louder than ever.

Uighur protesters in Tokyo shout slogans during a rally against Chinese government's policy in Xinjiang [EPA]
Jun 2, 2014

Why the Uighur people will continue to reject China's colonial and apartheid rule.

Jun 2, 2014

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is the largest military force in the world, with almost 2.3 million soldiers in uniform.

May 23, 2014

Over 30 people have died in China's northwestern Xinjiang province in a pointless attack. Beijing's "iron fist" politics have failed to put an end to such violence for a reason, says DW's Matthias von Hein.

Armed policemen surround a knife-wielding 'attacker' during a counter-terrorism drill in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, April 26, 2014.
May 15, 2014

The recent events that took place in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are attracting further attention to the Uyghur question and ethnic conflict in the region.

May 12, 2014

President Xi Jinping’s decision to send troops to Xinjiang province in order to strike a “crushing blow” against terrorism marks a troubling resurgence of a political crisis that has been simmering for years.

Children, part of a group of asylum seekers, sit in a truck as Thai Immigration officials escort them to a court in Songkhla province on March 15. Photo: Tuwaedaniya Meringing / AFP
May 12, 2014

Throughout the past five months, a total of 426 asylum-seekers from Central Asia landed in various parts of Thailand. These new arrivals were unusual and different from the Rohingya arriving in boats from the Andaman Sea, a pattern set over the past few years.

Jewher Ilham testifies at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in Washington, April 8, 2014.
May 5, 2014

The last time I saw my father was on Feb. 2, 2013. We were at the international airport in Beijing, about to board a flight to America for him to spend a year as a visiting scholar at Indiana University. I was 18, and was coming along for a few weeks to help him settle in.

Police officers keep watch on locals praying in front of a mosque in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in western China, on May 2. (Koichiro Ishida)
May 5, 2014

China has been hit by a string of violent incidents linked to problems concerning ethnic minorities in the country.

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