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The rioting by Uighurs in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi in early July has put the spotlight back on China's handling of its ethnic minority regions. Coming just over a year after a similar outburst in Lhasa, the incident shows that hardline policies designed to suppress dissent have fostered bitter resentment that periodically erupts.

July 18, 2009

China’s harsh tactics in Xinjiang have only stoked Uighur rage. Joshua Kurlantzick on why Beijing can’t quit the iron fist.

July 17, 2009

The explosions of unrest in Tibet and Xinjiang expose the failures of Chinese state policy. But they also offer no way forward for the country’s marginalised peoples.

July 17, 2009

The Chinese regime’s ongoing police-military suppression of unrest in the north-western province of Xinjiang has created international tensions.

July 17, 2009

It would be a mistake for the Chinese government to rely mainly upon massive arrests, bans upon demonstrations and curbs on the media to contain Uighur discontent in the Xinjiang province of Western China.

July 17, 2009

The resentment felt by Uyghur Muslims in eastern China is a serious threat to the Chinese government, which is why the response has been so disproportionate and brutal. There is a context for the riots last week in Urumqi, and the heavy hand of Beijing is only making things worse.

July 17, 2009

Xinjiang does not exist. For nearly a century, China has done everything to help the world forget about the existence of its large and once vibrant Muslim region. Like Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Lost World”, it had been conveniently forgotten by the world, including China’s numerous Muslim neighbors as well as the rest of the Muslim world.

July 17, 2009

Until the rise of sea routes in the 15th century, China's remote Xinjiang province was best known for its network of trails that carried goods between Asia and Europe, which became known as the Silk Road.

July 17, 2009

The Uighurs aren't extremists--but the Chinese government may change that.

July 16, 2009

For years it's been a closely held secret: The People's Republic of China is an empire desperately trying to make the world think it's a state.

July 16, 2009

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