October 2007

Uighur activist asks U.S. to help stop China removals

Wed, 10/31/2007 - 12:00

China's government is forcibly moving young women of the ethnic Uighur minority from their homes in Xinjiang to factories in eastern China, a Uighur activist told the U.S. Congress on Wednesday.

Highlighting persecution of Uighur Muslims

Tue, 10/30/2007 - 12:00

Rebiya Kadeer, China’s most well-known dissident, made a brief visit to the UK earlier this month to highlight the plight of Uighur Muslims. “My visit is to raise awareness of the suffering of Uighur people amongst the British people and British politicians,” Kadeer, who is the President of World Uighur Congress, told The Muslim News.

Militants, energy top of China-Central Asia meeting

Mon, 10/29/2007 - 12:00

Fighting militancy and boosting energy cooperation between China, Russia and Central Asia will top the agenda at a summit in Uzbekistan later this week, a senior Chinese official said on Monday.

Turkey is a Trade 'Beachhead' into EU - Envoy

Mon, 10/29/2007 - 12:00

"In Turkey, many Turks have a keen interest in Korea, seeing our bilateral relationship as one between blood brothers. On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, I hope that this 'one-sided love' of Turks for Koreans will develop into a warm relationship of mutual love."

China blasts Canada for Dalai Lama reception

Mon, 10/29/2007 - 12:00

The Chinese government blasted formal meetings yesterday between the Dalai Lama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General Michaëlle Jean, warning they will "gravely undermine" the relationship between Canada and China.

China's Female 'Public Enemy Number One' on the State of China's Muslim Uighurs

Mon, 10/29/2007 - 12:00

Even before we were introduced I saw a warm smile that was just for me. She was about to give an interview that deserved her full attention, but for the moment what occupied her the most was a friendly smile towards me, coming from a deceptively young face. That was my first meeting with Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uighur Congress, in Hamburg.

Guantanamo military lawyer breaks ranks to condemn 'unconscionable' detention

Sun, 10/28/2007 - 12:00

 An American military lawyer and veteran of dozens of secret Guantanamo tribunals has made a devastating attack on the legal process for determining whether Guantanamo prisoners are "enemy combatants".

Uyghurs introduce themselves to Americans at UC Berkeley

Sat, 10/27/2007 - 12:00

Culturally speaking, they are known for tightroping and performing on instruments that date back centuries. Religiously, they are Muslim, though many don't actively practice their faith.

100,000 Shanghai youths sent to Xinjiang

Wed, 10/24/2007 - 12:00

This story dated October 12, 1964 comes from Michael Manning who's blogging from Xinjiang in The Opposite End of China. He found it while fiddling around with the The New York Times Archive which now allows subscribers to access news reports from as far back as 1851. Interesting look into the China of the past and its geopolitics! How far we've come since the days of the cold war.

Sharpening the dragon's claws

Wed, 10/24/2007 - 12:00

The People's Republic of China continues to send worrisome signals about its security strategy. As the tone of cross-straits relations grows increasingly strident, China's latest military reshuffle and ongoing lack of transparency about its military budget are creating new tensions with both the United States and its neighbors in East Asia.