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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.

The blasts went off about at 7pm just after a train had pulled into the station and as passengers were streaming out onto a plaza near a bus station. A SWAT team police officer is pictured outside the station
May 2, 2014

In my last post, I questioned if the recent Chinese efforts to meet Uyghurs’ deep concerns about their living conditions and their cultural future could or could not be sufficient.

one of the new trunklines from China to Europe
May 2, 2014

On the first of April, the Chinese government announced a string of measures aimed at accelerating development in Xinjiang, its Western territory at 3500km from Beijing.

Apr 22, 2014

The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is very mindful of its image in the world. One cannot fault her for such an attitude, after all, it is the second largest economy and much of its success owes it to the perception it has been able to create.

David Cameron with Chinese premier Li Keqiang during his 2013 Beijing trip. Cameron said the resumption of the human rights dialogue was an 'important achievement' of his trip. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
Apr 17, 2014

The simple statement of fact is that Beijing’s human rights record is appalling

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