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Chinese President Xi Jinping joins a panel discussion with deputies to the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at the annual session of the NPC in Beijing, capital of China, March 10, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
Mar 14, 2017

In 2014, Beijing launched a “people’s war on terror” in response to increasing incidents of violence in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping appears on a screen during the second plenary session of the National People's Congress on March 8. Photographer: Fred Dufour/AFP via Getty Images
Mar 13, 2017

President Xi Jinping said Friday that Xinjiang, the northwestern province that’s home to a large Muslim Uyghur minority group population, should strengthen its "great wall of iron" to safeguard social stability and national unity

Mar 13, 2017

China's ruling Communist Party is hardening its rhetoric about Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings this past week about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China's President Xi Jinping claps during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Mar 10, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called for a "great wall of iron" to safeguard the restive western region of Xinjiang after a top official said Islamist separatists pose the "most prominent" challenge to the country's stability.

BC TV journalist Stephen McDonell is challenged while trying to film in far-western China and told to produce a journalists's card, which he does, and then an 'interviewing permit' without which, he is told, interviews are 'illegal',  2014
Mar 9, 2017

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) deplores a statement by Xinjiang police that denies the media’s right to ask questions.

Rabihan Musa is shown in an undated photo.
Mar 8, 2017

Rabihan Musa had petitioned in public for months for permission to visit her family outside the country.

Hotan prefecture in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Mar 8, 2017

The move will add more than 250 auxiliary officers to patrol neighborhoods and staff checkpoints on the roads.

Yimamu Maimaiti and Patiguli Baikeli at Queen Amannisa in Crystal City: “Uyghur food is going to be the next big thing in the United States.” (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)
Mar 7, 2017

“Uyghur food is going to be the next big thing in the United States,” said Yimamu Maimaiti, a partner in Crystal City’s Queen Amannisa, the first Uyghur restaurant to open in the region. 

Muslims of the Hui ethnic minority make an annual pilgrimage in Hongganzi in the Ningxia region. Photo: EPA
Mar 7, 2017

The Communist Party boss of one of China’s major Muslim regions has cited US President Donald Trump’s immigration policies in stressing the need to combat religious extremism.

FILE - In this July 17, 2014 file photo, armed Chinese paramilitary policemen stand on duty near wanted posters at a check point in Aksu in western China's Xinjiang province. A notice Tuesday, March 7, 2017 on the website of the government of Kashgar city in Xinjiang offered high salaries and other benefits to recruit police in the restive region that has seen bloody attacks blamed on separatists. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
Mar 7, 2017

 Authorities in China's western region of Xinjiang are offering high salaries and other benefits to recruit police in the restive area, which has experienced bloody attacks blamed on ethnic separatists.

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