Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention.

'Punishing Ilham Tohti is the Latest in a Litany of Errors'

  • Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:59

A veteran Chinese journalist takes aim at the Communist Party's policies in Xinjiang and the recent detention of Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti.

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China: Suppression of religious freedoms in Xinjiang continues

  • Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:51

During China’s Cultural Revolution the Uyghur linguist Ibrahim Mutte’i, who helped compile a comprehensive multilingual dictionary, was tortured in the pursuit of cultural conformity by having large volumes of his edited dictionary dropped on his head.

China’s Crackdown on the Uighurs and the Case of Ilham Tohti

  • Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:36

The New York Times reports that Ilham Tohti, a Uighur economics professor, has been arrested by Chinese authorities for separatism and inciting ethnic hatred.

Aggressive lecturing? Or hyping up issues?

Unquiet on the western front

  • Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:21

THE LATEST flurry of news from and about Xinjiang—a fresh bout of deadly violence in the region and the arrest of an activist scholar in Beijing—suggests that Chinese authorities are not about to change their strategy for managing ethnic tensions there.

Ilham Tohti's arrest demonstrates China's renewed hard line on Xinjiang

  • Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:42

The arrest and detention of the outspoken Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti (pictured) in Beijing on 15 January demonstrates that the Chinese Communist Party has returned to an uncompromising, hard line approach toward Xinjiang and the Uyghur.

Beijing's Self-Defeating Arrest of Ilham Tohti

  • Wed, 01/22/2014 - 21:13

On the afternoon of January 15, Chinese authorities arrested prominent Uyghur intellectual and Minzu University economics professor Ilham Tohti.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev clink glasses during Xi's state visit to Astana on Sept. 7, 2013. China has shown increased interest in Central Asia as it seeks safe passage for rail lines carrying oil and commodities eastward. The U.S. is also poised to lose its foothold in the region, if it cannot renew its lease on an air base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan.Ilyas Omarov/AFP/Getty Images

The US pivots east, China marches west

  • Wed, 01/08/2014 - 20:54

As the U.S. shifts its attention to Asia, China in turn seeks increased influence in and access to Central Asia

Gas-rich Turkmenistan has opened a 2,200km pipeline to supply China

China takes a leaf out of Stalin in central Asia

  • Fri, 01/03/2014 - 13:39

Beijing is using tactics drawn from Josef Stalin’s 1930s playbook in order to crush any form of dissent by the Uighurs, the country’s biggest Muslim ethnic minority, who live in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang.

Scarves are sold at a silk factory in Hotan, in China's far west Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in a file photo.

Chinese Highhandedness on Uyghurs

  • Wed, 12/25/2013 - 14:21

Beijing claims being a ‘victim’ of terrorism perpetuated by what it refers to as “East Turkistan terrorist forces,” comprising the Muslim Uyghurs of Xinjiang Autonomous Region (XAR).

Please don't put terrorist label on Uyghur people. Image from Flickr user @Todenhoff under CC: AT-SA

China: Please Don't Put Terrorist Label on Uyghur People

  • Mon, 11/18/2013 - 11:27

Uyghur people are more and more often associated with the term “terrorist” in China as there is a tendency by local authorities and media outlets to define violent incidents caused by social conflict in border regions as ethnic conflict related to separatist movements.