Commentary

A mosque in China’s Xinjiang province (via Bigstockphoto)

Acceptance, Not Secularization, Key to Uyghur Issues in China

  • Thu, 07/18/2013 - 00:00

Ever since the 2009 Urumqi riots, when ethnic tension between Uyghurs and Han Chinese boiled over in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, Han-Uyghur relations has been an increasingly hot topic.

A policeman patrols the road leading into the riot-affected town of Lukqun, Xinjiang province on Thursday

China’s “War on Terror” in Xinjiang

  • Wed, 07/10/2013 - 00:00

On July 1, The Global Times, a tabloid operated by the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily, suggested that China’s restive Xinjiang autonomous region was under threat from separatist fighters battle-hardened by recent combat in Syria.

Armed police officers stand guard near the international grand bazaar in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

Restive Xinjiang

  • Tue, 07/09/2013 - 00:00

Destroying minorities' way of life is bound to lead to violence.

Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing, June 12, 2010.

'The Wounds of the Uyghur People Have Not Healed'

  • Mon, 07/08/2013 - 22:37

A Uyghur scholar seeks accountability for Uyghurs missing since the July 5, 2009 riots in Xinjiang.

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.

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