Commentary

Blame the Uighurs Don't Deserve

  • Mon, 08/03/2009 - 12:00

As co-chair of the House's Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, I am troubled by the premise of the July 25 news story "China, Uighur Groups Give Conflicting Riot Accounts."

The Uyghurs' struggle & "smart power"

  • Mon, 08/03/2009 - 12:00

The U.S. sat helpless several months ago when the Tamil insurgency was being mopped up in Sri Lanka - with tens of thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire.

Uighur Grievances Remain Unresolved After Riots in China

  • Thu, 07/30/2009 - 12:00

Yesterday, during a visit to Japan, the prominent Uighur exile and activist Rebiya Kadeer repeated her denunciation of China’s heavy-handed response to ethnic violence earlier this month between Han and Uighurs. Upon reflection in the aftermath of the unrest, the riots should be interpreted as a glaring symptom of the communist government’s continuation of repressive policies toward minorities.

The Urumchi Unrest Revisited

  • Thu, 07/30/2009 - 12:00

The ugly mob violence that roiled the western Chinese city of Urumchi in Xinjiang on July 5th was rather quickly suppressed, and Urumchi is now quiet.

Old Problem on China's New Frontier

  • Sun, 07/26/2009 - 12:00

Had the August 1991 putsch against Mikhail Gorbachev not failed, the riots and death recently seen in Xinjiang could have been taking place in Russia.

We Are Protecting All Our Citizens, Uighur And Han

  • Wed, 07/15/2009 - 12:00

The Chinese government and people are very much displeased with the Journal's decision to publish Rebiya Kadeer's "The Real Story of the Uighur Riots" (op-ed, July 8), which is full of political lies and separatist rhetoric that are schemed to mislead the American public.

The Echoes of Xinjiang

  • Tue, 07/14/2009 - 12:00

The problems in Xinjiang could prove a bigger international headache for China than Tibet was. The latter attracted much Western attention, thanks in part to the appeal of the exiled Dalai Lama. But Tibet does not have the foreign linkages that Xinjiang’s Turkic and Islamic identity do.

Now the Uighurs

  • Sun, 07/12/2009 - 12:00

There's a reason news of unrest in China's Xinjiang province reads a lot like last year's trouble in Tibet.

Beijing's wages of intolerance

  • Sat, 07/11/2009 - 12:00

IF CHINESE leaders want to blame someone for inter-communal riots pitting Uighur Muslims against Han Chinese in the western province of Xinjiang, they need only look in the mirror.

Now Xinjiang (Editorial)

  • Sat, 07/11/2009 - 12:00

The more Chinese authorities try to stamp out protests by repressed ethnic minorities, the fiercer those protests grow. Beijing should have learned that lesson after last year’s bloody anti-Chinese riots in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. It didn’t. This week, clashes in Xinjiang between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese have left at least 156 dead and more than 1,000 wounded.

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