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Nov 19, 2004

Chinese pop music blares from loudspeakers, mixing with the cries of Chinese traders at this busy local market. Welcome to China? No, we are in Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty, at the Ya Lian bazaar.

Nov 11, 2004

On the surface, relations between China and its Central Asian neighbours have never been better.

Nov 8, 2004

A military group sent to Xinjiang 50 years ago has turned into one of
China's largest institutions

Sep 30, 2004

A long way from his homeland, the singer Sultan Kurash is a potent voice for the plight of the Uyghur people

Aug 17, 2004

BEIJING - Shixi Oilfield, China's largest desert oilfield in the Xinjiang
Uygur Autonomous Region, has gone into full operation and is expected to
produce more than a million tons of oil by the end of the year.

Aug 14, 2004

At the National People's Congress meeting this week in Beijing, Chinese
legislators discussed the need to build up a strategic oil reserve. The head
of one of China's state-run oil firms presented the proposal, citing crude
oil reserves as a necessary economic safeguard against fluctuations in world
oil prices, reported Xinhua.

Aug 3, 2004

Uighur Nationalists Have Peaceful, Violent Wings; Deciding Who Is a Threat 'Omar Is Not a Bomb Thrower'

Jul 15, 2004

THE GOVERNMENT OF China did everything it could to prevent Erkin Alptekin, the 65-year-old leader of a new exile group dedicated to self-determination for a region in northwest China, from visiting the United States recently. In lobbying the State Department and the White House to deny entry to Alptekin, China's embassy accused his organization, the World Uyghur Congress, of planning "terrorist activities aimed at splitting China."

Jun 30, 2004

Erkin Alptekin, recently elected as President of the World Uyghur Congress, visits the United States.

Jun 21, 2004

One observance of the Tiananmen anniversary, in Washington over Memorial Day, brought new lessons about China. This was the fourth national convention of the Uighur American Association (UAA).

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