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Why China fears a Scottish Yes

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 20:02

It is one of Beijing’s worst nightmares: subjects in a resource-rich semi-autonomous province hold a vote on independence.

Book Review: The Art of Symbolic Resistance

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:00

Writing on the Uyghur people has not been lacking in recent months. An uptick of violence since 2013 in Xinjiang has seen an increase in analysis that sometimes reveals more about the author than the issue.

Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 19:27
Uyghurs fasting while observing Ramadan. (Credit: Al Jazeera)

Following deadly attacks in Beijing, Kunming and Urumqi over the last year, the Xinjiang government has intensified its efforts to regulate Uyghur religious activities.

From China to Jihad?

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 19:32
Stringer/China/Reuters/Corbis A Uighur man watching a convoy of Chinese paramilitaries in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, May 23, 2014

It’s a very long way from China’s arid Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the country’s far northwest to its semi-tropical borders with Vietnam, Laos, and Burma in the south

The Day Imam Tahir Died

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 19:21

There is little reason to wake up early in Kashgar, an ancient Silk Road city of 350,000 in the southwestern corner of China’s vast Xinjiang region.

Mahmud -- Not Just Another Mainland Tourist in Hong Kong

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 20:15
Image Credit: AFP/Getty Images

A Uighur jade trader gets a rare chance to visit Hong Kong and has a taste of the freedom he does not enjoy back home.

Is Beijing considering a policy change in Xinjiang?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:50
Photo: Goh Chai Hin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Chinese riot police in downtown Urumqi, in Xinjiang province, July 2009

The most important point to remember has always been: The economic, political and cultural integration of Xinjiang with China proper must continue

Tajikistan: Under China’s Economic Thumb

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 18:54
Chinese laborers working on an apartment complex in Dushanbe. With building projects executed by Chinese labor around the country, the Chinese presence has become hard to miss in Tajikistan. (Photo: David Trilling)

Driving south from Dushanbe, it seems there’s a Chinese investment story at every turn. But as cash pours in from Tajikistan’s powerful neighbor to the East, local concerns are building over Beijing’s opaque plans.

China’s Silent War on Terror

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:25

A virtual media blackout makes it hard to know what's happening as Beijing tackles unrest among its Uighur Muslim minorities

A Tale of Two Chinese Muslim Minorities

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:37

There is a chasm between the conditions experienced by the Hui and Uyghur peoples in China.

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