May 2015

Chinese Police Shoot Two Uyghurs Dead in Xinjiang Bomb Attack

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:17
A map shows Qaraqash county in Xinjiang's Hotan prefecture.

Local residents are roped into searching for four other suspects who fled.

Uyghurs Rely on Chinese Smugglers to Travel to Turkey

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:14
The map shows the cities in Thailand where Uyghurs are being held in government-run refugee detention centers.

Hundreds have been caught along the way and confined to refugee detention centers in Thailand.

Han Chinese Head of Xinjiang Township Stabbed to Death by Uyghur Man

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:09
Map showing location of Hotan county in Xinjiang.

Sources say the young attacker has been detained, but his motive was unclear.

Bride and prejudice: rare ethnic marriages reflect China tensions

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:06
Han Chinese couples dance in a square in Hotan, in China's western Xinjiang region, April 15, 2015 (AFP Photo/Greg Baker)

It was not until late on her wedding day that Aygul told her parents she was even in a relationship. And they were furious.

Amnesty members writing to free Canadian citizen

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:02

“Never underestimate the power of the written word.”

China hails crackdown on terror in Xinjiang

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 20:55
Uighurs - ethnically Turkic Muslims - make up almost half the population of the region

Chinese authorities say security forces in the western autonomous region of Xinjiang have busted 181 terror groups in an almost year-long operation, with the overwhelming majority thwarted while still at the planning stage.

Graffiti in China, Part Two: The Writing on the Wall

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:51
Image Credit: Flickr/ Hendrik Terbeck

China strictly controls any graffiti that signals dissent even while promoting innocuous graffiti.

China busts 181 terror gangs in autonomous Xinjiang region in year-long crackdown

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:12
Photo: China has increased the police presence in the majority-Muslim Xinjiang region as part of a crackdown on terrorism. (Reuters: Petar Kujundzic)

Authorities in China have announced that a year-long crackdown against terrorism in the largely Muslim region of Xinjiang has seen more than 180 gangs busted.

China: A Bump in the Silk Road

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:03
Image Credit: Kashgar via Pete Niesen /

China’s grand plans for the region could be derailed without a change in approach.

Why A Chinese Government Think Tank Attacked American Scholars

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:47
Exiled Tibetans march in November 2009 in Kathmandu, Nepal, during a protest against alleged human rights violations by the Chinese government in Tibet and Xinjiang.

Last month, a Chinese government think tank bashed history professors from Harvard, Georgetown and other leading American universities regarding things they wrote — at least 15 years ago — about events that occurred more than two centuries ago.