May 2017

Ethnic Uighurs sit near a statue of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong in Kashgar, Xinjiang Thomas Peter/Reuters

China sparks human rights outcry by ramping up DNA testing in Muslim-dominated region

  • Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:39

Police in Xinjiang purchase $8.7m of equipment to analyse genetic material from citizens, prompting fears of state security crackdown


  • Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:36

The World Uyghur Congress is releasing its annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkestan covering events of 2016. The report presents a detailed review of China’s actions in East Turkestan vis-à-vis the Uyghur population there and provides in-depth analysis of the most critical issues facing Uyghurs there.

China Expected to Expand DNA Collection in Xinjiang

  • Wed, 05/17/2017 - 20:27

The Associated Press’ Matthew Brown reports on indications that public security authorities are laying groundwork for the mass collection of biometric data in the Xinjiang region, leading to concerns over a potential lack of oversight.

China: Police DNA Database Threatens Privacy

  • Tue, 05/16/2017 - 17:43

40 Million Profiled Includes Dissidents, Migrants, Muslim Uyghurs

Wanted posters for suspects in terror attacks are seen in this image from 2014 of a street in Aksu, Xinjiang province. Photo: AP

Beijing laying groundwork for mass DNA testing in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 05/16/2017 - 17:39

Police buying US$8.7 million worth of new sampling equipment, which observers say could be used to tighten security crackdown

U.S. ally Turkey may have a new best friend in Beijing

  • Tue, 05/16/2017 - 17:34

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Washington for a meeting with President Trump. As The Washington Post's Karen DeYoung has explained, the visit comes at a complicated time for the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

Meeting on the sidelines of the One Belt, One Road summit in Beijing, which ends today, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that developing strategic cooperation was in the interests of both countries. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Xi Jinping wants to work with Turkey on counter-terrorism

  • Mon, 05/15/2017 - 15:40

Uighurs fleeing unrest in Xinjiang region escape to Turkey, then join militant groups in Middle East: Beijing

Exclusive: CPEC master plan revealed

  • Mon, 05/15/2017 - 15:37

Details from original documents laying out the CPEC long term plan are publicly disclosed for the first time.

Changing Course: The Strategic Flaws of the Chinese Government’s Treatment of the Uyghur Minority

  • Fri, 05/12/2017 - 17:58

While narratives of anti-Islamic sentiments continue to dominate the American media, little airtime is given to how other parts of the world treat Muslim minorities, such as the Uyghur ethnic group in China.

Children play near a cage protecting Chinese paramilitary policemen in Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in 2014. (Ng Han Guan/AP)

Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in China. We found that the Internet fuels — and fights — this.

  • Fri, 05/12/2017 - 17:54

During the National People’s Congress in March, top officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a Muslim-majority area in northwest China, warned political leaders that terrorist activities threatened to destabilize China.