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.

150 Uighurs and many more supporters demonstrated in Berlin on Jult 10 for the human rights of this persecuted Muslim minority in China." Protest in Berlin following the July 2009 Ürümqi riots

Nationalism, Tibetans and Uighurs in today’s China

  • Sun, 11/17/2013 - 14:56

Nationalism arouses solidarity and generates identity politics that threaten ethnic and religious minorities. Defining the “we” also defines the “they” — and the latter is inexorably marginalized.

China's Uighur Dilemma After Tiananmen

  • Fri, 11/15/2013 - 21:12

On October 27, Usmen Hesen, his wife, and his mother crashed their sports-utility vehicle into the Golden Water Bridge by Tiananmen Square.

Xinjiang Dreams: Worrying about ethnicity

  • Thu, 11/07/2013 - 13:10

The ethnically targeted violence of July 2009 in Ürümchi overshadowed the lead-up to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

Be Skeptical of the Official Story on the Tiananmen Car Crash

  • Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:17

Last Monday, a jeep plowed through a group of pedestrians on Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Square, killing at least five people and injuring dozens before going up in flames beneath a portrait of Mao Zedong.

China’s Xinjiang problem

  • Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:14

By Elizabeth Economy, Special to CNN
November 5th, 2013

Why China should be open about Tiananmen attack

  • Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:11

Robert Daly is director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The views expressed are his own.

The sight of the deadly car crash last Monday near Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

China's Demonization of Uighurs

  • Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:08

Beijing policies, not jihadism or terrorism, are creating an upsurge in ethnic tensions between Uighurs and Han