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Aug 17, 2004

Despite a spate of bombings and a huge Chinese military presence, ethnic ties in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang are enjoying their "best period in history," a regional official said on Tuesday.

Aug 17, 2004

Since the Silk Road first opened twenty centuries ago, religion has played a major role in the life of the inhabitants of the region. Buddhist temples and cave complexes, vast collections of spiritual art which demonstrate a profound effect on the Uyghur people, remain from a time when Buddhism was making its way to China.

Aug 15, 2004

Until now, our country has been called by various names such as "Uyghuristan", "Eastern Turkistan", "Xinjiang" or "Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region". Among these names "Xinjiang" or "XUAR" are Chinese names forcibly imposed by the Han Chinese. Therefore, we have considered these names illegal and have never admitted and will never admit to them.

Aug 15, 2004

This report concerns the changes in the Uighur script which have occurred in the recent half century, and the historical background against which these developments took place.

Aug 15, 2004

November 12, 2000, marks the 56th anniversary of one of the greatest events in the history of the people of Eastern Turkistan -- the establishment of the Eastern Turkistan Republic (ETR). Let us take a moment to cherish the memory of our forefather's who fought for the independence and freedom of our nation.

Aug 15, 2004

As we all know, the 12th of November, 1996, marks the 52nd anniversary of one of the greatest events in our history. Our forefathers successfully established an independent Eastern Turkistan Republic (ETR) and ruled the country for about 6 years.

Aug 15, 2004

Two years ago I met His Holiness Dalai Lama in London. The first words His Holiness said to me were in Chinese: "Tong bing xiang lian." In English it means those who have the same illness sympathize with each other. We Uighurs have got the same illness as the Tibetans, that's why I am here.

Aug 15, 2004

The first GMD official to be appointed to the position of Chairman of the Xinjiang provincial government was Wu Zhongxin, (79) a follower of the "Great Han" school of thought, "which holds that all the inhabitants of China belong to one (Chinese) family, and that incidental differences of culture, religion and language are unfortunate aberrations, destined to be subsumed in a 'Greater Han' Chinese whole."

Aug 15, 2004

We do not know the original title of the song. The name "Davancingning Qizi" was apparently derived from the first word of the poem.

Aug 15, 2004

There is a rather big collection of plants from Eastern Turkestan in Sweden. It was Carl Persson one of the missionaries who brought them to Sweden, and they are kept in "Riksmuséets botaniska samlingar" in Stockholm.

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