September 2015

Security beefed up in Xinjiang after years of violent attacks

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 18:21
File: Paramilitary police officers standing guard outside a shopping mall in China's western Xinjiang region. (Photo: AFP/Benjamin Haas)

Following violent attacks in Xinjiang over recent years, many measures have been taken by Chinese authorities to improve security in the area, but little has done to build trust among its different ethnic groups.

Does China Harvest Organs From Living Prisoners?

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 18:11

A new PBS documentary examines claims that China collects organs from live and dead prisoners to traffic on its massive black market.

China warns of 'heavy pressure' in Xinjiang

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 20:54
China is gearing up to mark on October 1 the 60th year of Xinjiang Autonomous Region's formation [Reuters]

Senior official asks Uighur Muslim figures to oppose "extremism" in lead-up to 60th anniversary of region's formation.

Why did George Osborne visit Xinjiang?

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 20:51

This week the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister), George Osborne, made a flying visit to Urumqi following the meeting of the China-UK Strategic and Economic Dialogue. In doing so, he became the first British Minister to visit China’s restive Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

Obama, Xi Talk Rights as Protesters Demand End to Oppression in China

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 20:48
US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a joint-press conference in the Rose Garden as part of a state visit at the White House in Washington, Sept. 25, 2015.

Anti-Beijing chants can be heard as the two leaders speak to reporters at the White House. 

Protesters, Pro and Con, Rally At White House as Xi and Obama Meet

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 20:44
Barack Obama and China Xi Jinping participate in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday. Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency

As President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama gave a joint press conference in the Rose Garden, roars from hundreds of people gathered outside in both support and protest of Mr. Xi could be heard over the television broadcast.

Chinese Authorities Ban Muslim Names Among Uyghurs in Hoten

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 18:59
The official announcement banning 22 Muslim first names in Hotan prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang region, has been widely circulated on social media.

Children with forbidden names are prohibited from attending school if their parents refuse to change them.

Chinese state newspaper praises George Osborne for Xinjiang trip

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 18:56
George Osborne’s visit sought to promote closer economic ties between Britain and China, but was condemned by campaign groups for putting business opportunities ahead of human rights. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Global Times writes glowing editorial but Amnesty International criticises chancellor for ‘sending signal that UK is willing to compromise its human rights values’

Osborne praised for 'not stressing human rights' in China

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 18:53
Mr Osborne is the first UK minister to have visited China's Xinjiang province

UK Chancellor George Osborne has been praised by Chinese state media for focusing on business ahead of human rights during his visit to Xinjiang.