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China offers hefty rewards for 'terrorism' tips in Xinjiang

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 19:37
An anti-terrorism force including public security police and the armed police attend an anti-terrorism joint exercise in China's Xinjiang region. (AFP)

China is offering up to 1 million yuan ($160,000) in rewards to "terrorism" informants in its western Xinjiang region, state media said on Tuesday, in the latest policy aimed at getting a handle on unrest there.

With bullet trains as a new Silk Road, China tightens embrace of its restless West

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 19:27

The brand-new bullet train slices past the edge of the Gobi desert, through gale-swept grasslands and past snowy peaks, a high-altitude, high-speed and high-tech manifestation of China’s newly re-imagined Silk Road meant to draw the country’s restive west ever tighter into Beijing’s embrace.

Chinese Autonomous Province May Seek to Limit Uighur Births

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:56
A Uighur boy sits atop a horse as he has his picture taken outside the Id Kah Mosque before the Eid holiday in old Kashgar. China’s Muslim Uighur ethnic group faces cultural and religious restrictions by the Chinese government. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

by Gary Sands
September 8th, 2014

Skipping lunch: Group to call out Chinese by fasting

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:53

Some 100 monks from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) plan to hold an eight-hour “hunger strike” in front of the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to demand a halt to a planned dam in Koh Kong province’s Areng

Detained Uighur activist appears in China court

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:36

Detained Uighur scholar Dr. Ilham Tohti has appeared in a Chinese court for the first time since being arrested eight months ago charged with separatism.

Killings by China anti-terror cops raise concerns

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 19:07
In this Friday, May 23, 2014 photo, armed Paramilitary policemen stand guard next to their Armored personnel carrier parked near the People's Square in Urumqi, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang. Beijing’s tight controls and monopoly on the narrative make it difficult to independently assess if the lethal action has been justified. And Chinese authorities prevent most reporting by foreign journalists inside Xinjiang, making it nearly impossible to confirm the state media numbers. Uighur exile groups an

When attackers from China's minority Uighurs killed 37 people in a July rampage in far western Xinjiang, police responded by gunning down at least 59 of them. When three Uighurs allegedly killed a top state-appointed Muslim cleric, police shot dead two of them.

Uyghur Scholar Tohti 'Humiliated' in Prison, Shackled Again

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 21:02
Ilham Tohti

Chinese authorities punish him following a 'confrontation' in detention, his lawyer says.

Xinjiang Unsettled

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:53
The slums of Urumqi stand a world away from the high-rises that make up the skyline of Xinjiang’s provincial capital. Many Uighurs who migrated to the urban center of Xinjiang live in these slums, and government officials pinned the July 2009 riots on members of this community. The slums have largely been demolished since this photo was taken in 2010, to make room for a high-speed train linking Urumqi to the rest of China.

My first trip to Xinjiang was in 1995; it was also my first trip to China. The UN’s World Conference on Women was taking place in Beijing and I could only manage to secure a visa for China on the condition that I would not go to Beijing

China’s tight security clashes with unity drive

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 20:09
In this photo taken Thursday, July 17, 2014, Chinese paramilitary policemen stand on duty in front of a wanted poster in the city of Aksu in western China’s Xinjiang province. China has blanketed parts of Xinjiang, home to Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uighurs, with such heavy security that it resembles an occupied territory under martial law, complete with armed troops, spiked barricades, checkpoints and even drones. But the massive security effort has not brought stability to Xinjiang, and neither has Beijing’s

In this ancient oasis town in China’s restive west, assault rifle-toting police officers patrol the cobblestone lanes of ochre-brick houses in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood.

China: Sentencing of Uyghur linguist Abduweli Ayup and two others highlights assault on Uyghur language

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 20:02
Abduweli Ayup was convicted of abusing public money and sentenced to 18 months in prison

The sentencing of linguist Abduweli Ayup and two associates from China’s Uyghur minority on charges of ‘illegal fundraising’ highlights the intolerance of the Chinese authorities towards the use of the Uyghur language, PEN International said today.

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