Commentary

Security forces in a military drill in Hetian, Xinjiang. Photo: AFP

Chasing the jihad bogey in China's Xinjiang

  • Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:02

Australia was rocked this week by pictures of a seven-year-old Sydney boy holding up the severed head of a Syrian soldier.

Chinese police officers watch Muslim citizens who gathered at the first service held on May 2 after a deadly blast at the Urumqi South Railway Station in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

EDITORIAL: China's racial policy fuels cycle of violence in Xinjiang region

  • Mon, 08/04/2014 - 19:26

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is an inland region in far western China that has a large population of Uighur Muslims.

Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer raises her fist during a protest outside China's consulate in Melbourne August 7, 2009. (Mick Tsikas/Reuters)

China must wake up to the Uighur problem

  • Mon, 08/04/2014 - 19:24

If Beijing is serious about tackling the issue, then it must first admit its role in creating it

China’s grim religious freedom problem

  • Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:10

While last month marked the 25th anniversary of China’s silencing freedom in Tiananmen Square, this month China has been cementing this grim legacy — particularly regarding religious freedom.

China’s Domestic Insurgency

  • Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:00

Five years on from the most lethal rioting seen in China for decades, Beijing has still not managed to refine its strategy towards Xinjiang.

Elliot Sperling (R) with Ilham Tohti in an undated photo.

Blacklisting Scholars

  • Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:32

China is increasingly denying entry to foreign scholars to punish those who work on issues that Beijing deems to be politically troublesome.

China’s treatment of Uighurs will only radicalise them

  • Mon, 07/07/2014 - 23:16

Beijing’s cold-hearted act of slapping officials and students with a ban on fasting during Ramadan is sure to exacerbate tensions

Prof. Ilham Tohti (centre) with Tsering Woser and Wang Lixiong/photo/Woser's facebook page

Why Beijing Fears Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti

  • Wed, 07/02/2014 - 19:34

Since Xi Jinping became China's new president more than a year ago, questioning or criticizing Chinese Communist Party rule has become an extremely risky business for academics, scholars and lawyers in China.

Chinese security forces participating in a military drill in Hotan in the Xinjiang region, June 6, 2014.

China’s Holding Back of Terrorism Evidence Seen as Baffling

  • Fri, 06/13/2014 - 00:00

Foreign reporters and observers are prevented from independently verifying state media accounts.

The Revolt in China’s Uighur Autonomous Region

  • Mon, 06/09/2014 - 22:48

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the far west of the People’s Republic of China is more than 1.6 million square kilometres in area.

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