Armed policed stand guard in the People's Square in downtown Urumqi on Friday. Photo: Simon Song

Responses to Xinjiang ethnic unrest do not address underlying causes

  • Fri, 07/05/2013 - 00:00

Reza Hasmath
 Friday, 05 July, 2013, 3:42pm

Chinese paramilitary police stand guard in the Muslim Uighur minority area of Urumqi, Xinjiang Province on June 30. The recent violence in Xinjiang is caused by ethnic grievances, according to experts, rather than the purported terrorism claimed by state-run media. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Xinjiang Violence Due More to Ethnic Grievances Than ‘Terrorism’

  • Wed, 07/03/2013 - 23:27

When the most recent bout of ethnic violence erupted in the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang recently, the Chinese Communist Party’s response was typical.

Saving Face in the Islamic World and Beyond: Ending Death Row Organ Harvesting in China

  • Thu, 06/27/2013 - 23:11

Like many other religions, Islam places importance with both spiritual cultivation and physical cleanliness.  When a Muslim dies, the body must be purified, cleansed, shrouded, and buried within 24 hours.

Beijing must address Uighur concerns in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 06/27/2013 - 23:02

The latest unrest in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang has so far only been reported by official sources which are likely to have minimized the troubles

China's bullying tactics backfire

  • Mon, 06/24/2013 - 21:44

China's new leader, Xi Jinping, has revived Chairman Mao's doctrine of the "mass line". The founder of modern China didn't want the masses to have a vote, but he did think that it was vitally important to understand their views.

Why is China talking to the Taliban?

  • Fri, 06/21/2013 - 00:00

China sees a political settlement in Afghanistan as increasingly important for its economic and security interests in the region, writes Andrew Small.

President Obama must understand the nationalism of China's President Xi

  • Mon, 06/10/2013 - 00:00

China's President Xi Jinping is both a nationalist and a reformer. President Obama must understand the motivations for Mr. Xi’s nationalism, so that as the two leaders meet at a summit in California today, the US-China relationship will benefit. And the world will applaud.

China’s Economic Empire

  • Tue, 06/04/2013 - 00:00

THE combination of a strong, rising China and economic stagnation in Europe and America is making the West increasingly uncomfortable.

The International Religious Freedom Report for 2012, which was released by Secretary of State John F. Kerry pursuant to a 1998 act of Congress, is unsparing in describing violations of religious freedom even in countries allied with the United States. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images / February 13, 2013)

Religious freedom under attack

  • Tue, 05/28/2013 - 00:00

Violations of religious liberties have increased in some areas of the world, a U.S. State Department report says, singling out Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China, even Belgium.

China bans seven topics in university classrooms including mistakes of communism

  • Wed, 05/22/2013 - 00:00

Chinese leaders have reportedly banned the discussion of seven subjects in university classrooms as they attempt to “curb Western influence,” the Chronicle reported Monday.