December 2014

China promotes governor of troubled Xinjiang to top energy post

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 09:03
  Nur Bekri, chairman of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, attends a news conference in Urumqi, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region August 19, 2010.  Credit: Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

China has promoted the ethnic Uighur governor of the troubled far western region of Xinjiang to the country's top energy policy body, Chinese media reported on Wednesday, but left unclear who would replace him.

China’s empty promise of rule by law

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 00:00

During the year that is drawing to a close this week, much has been made of the Communist Party of China’s new emphasis on “governing the country according to law.”

China to designate sanctioned places of worship

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 00:00

The Chinese government declared on Friday that it intends to publish a list of approved religious venues in order to "root out" illegal religious activities.

Not in our interests

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 00:00

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was enthusiastic about China after his recent, brief trip to the Middle Kingdom

Note to “The Diplomat” and Shannon Tiezzi: Uyghur is Not a Dialect of Chinese

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 00:00

In her Dec 24 analysis of a document designed to guide China’s future ethnic policies, China’s Prescription for ‘Improving Ethnic Work’, Shannon Tiezzi makes a reference to “local dialects”

Turkey's diplomatic steps save lives of Uyghur refugees in Thailand

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 00:00
Suspected Turkish migrants sit after being detained at a rubber plantation in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province southern Thailand Thursday, March 13, 2014. AP Photo

Thanks to diplomatic actions taken by Turkey and the United Nations, some 300 Uyghur refugees in Thailand will not be sent to China, from where they had escaped and face death if they return.

China police fire on Tibetans after self-immolations: rights group

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 00:00

Chinese police have fired on Tibetan protesters demonstrating after a series of deadly self-immolations by people from Tibet campaigning against Chinese rule of their Himalayan region, a rights group said on Friday.

Detained ‘Religious Extremists’ Mostly Uyghur Women And Children

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:24

Nearly all the members of a group of people detained by authorities in southwestern China near the border with Vietnam over the weekend are ethnic Uyghur women and children from China’s restive Xinjiang region, a source said Thursday.

Chinese Authorities Kill ‘Religious Extremist,’ Detain 21 Others

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 10:38

Chinese state media says the group was illegally crossing into Vietnam.

Chinese Police Kill 'Religious Extremist'

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 10:43

Chinese police in the southwestern province of Guangxi stopped a group of "religious extremists" from illegally crossing into neighboring Vietnam after shooting one person dead and detaining 21 others, local authorities said.