August 2014

China Offers Cash For Marriage to Promote Assimilation in Xinjiang

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:55
A Uyghur family at home in Xinjiang's Kashgar Prefecture, Aug. 16, 2013.

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have announced a slew of cash incentives for interracial marriages between members of ethnic minority groups and majority Han Chinese, local officials said.

Uyghur linguist sentenced to 18-month prison term in China

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:51
Abduweli Ayup

The LSA has learned from news reports published this week that Abduweli Ayup has been ordered to pay a large fine and continue his detention in a Chinese prison for the next six months.

Uygurs seek independent probe into Xinjiang riots

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:40

An organization of ethnic Uygurs living abroad is demanding an independent international investigation into last month's riots in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

China's Mandarin Teaching Drive Sparks Uyghur Anger

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:35
A teacher leads a group of Uyghur children exercising on a school ground in Kashgar in the Xinjiang region, Nov. 8, 2013.

Beijing posts dozens of teachers to regional schools to accelerate Chinese-language proficiency.

Guanghui Wins Approval to Import Crude as China Opens Xinjiang

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:32
Oil fields in Karamay

Guanghui Energy Ltd., a Shanghai-listed (600256) explorer with overseas oil assets, became the first non-state company this year to be allowed to import crude as China’s government opens resource-rich Xinjiang to private investment.

Can this cartoon Muslim princess soothe China’s ethnic tensions?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:06

Princess Fragrant is the eponymous star of a 104-episode animation series from China in which the Uyghur princess, alongside her brother and their Han and Kazakh friends, embark on a quest to save her captured father.

Pretrial Hearing Scheduled For Detained Uyghur Scholar Tohti

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 18:57
Ilham Tohti in Beijing, August 2012.

Lawyers for Ilham Tohti say they have yet to gain access to all the evidence before a trial begins.

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.

Uyghur Linguist, Two Associates Sentenced After One Year Detention

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 18:51
Abduweli Ayup (R) with his wife and daughter while studying in the U.S. in 2010.

The trio are ordered jailed up to three years on suspected trumped-up charges of ‘illegal fundraising.’

China hopes trade, tourism can calm Silk Road terror

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 18:49
A doll of Afanti is displayed in a musical instrument museum beside Apandiland, a new theme park near Kashgar in far western China.(Photo: Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY)

Touted as the Disneyland of western China, a new theme park called Apandiland stands on the ancient Silk Road that leads to nearby Afghanistan and Pakistan — almost 3,000 miles from Beijing, the Chinese capital.