Commentary

Chinese paramilitary policemen stand watch over visitors during the flag-lowering ceremony on the eve of the June 4 anniversary at Tiananmen Square in Beijing [AP]

Remembering Tiananmen Square: Time to say 'no' to tyranny

  • Wed, 06/04/2014 - 22:05

The voices to topple the Chinese Communist Party have become louder than ever.

Uighur protesters in Tokyo shout slogans during a rally against Chinese government's policy in Xinjiang [EPA]

China's Uighurs claim cultural 'genocide'

  • Mon, 06/02/2014 - 19:08

Why the Uighur people will continue to reject China's colonial and apartheid rule.

Jackboot tactics deepen unrest

  • Mon, 06/02/2014 - 19:01

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is the largest military force in the world, with almost 2.3 million soldiers in uniform.

Opinion: China's iron fist comes down where it shouldn't

  • Mon, 05/26/2014 - 21:43

Over 30 people have died in China's northwestern Xinjiang province in a pointless attack. Beijing's "iron fist" politics have failed to put an end to such violence for a reason, says DW's Matthias von Hein.

Armed policemen surround a knife-wielding 'attacker' during a counter-terrorism drill in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, April 26, 2014.

ETHNIC TENSIONS IN CHINA AND GEOPOLITICS OF THE UYGHUR QUESTION

  • Thu, 05/15/2014 - 19:59

The recent events that took place in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are attracting further attention to the Uyghur question and ethnic conflict in the region.

China’s separatists

  • Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:03

President Xi Jinping’s decision to send troops to Xinjiang province in order to strike a “crushing blow” against terrorism marks a troubling resurgence of a political crisis that has been simmering for years.

Children, part of a group of asylum seekers, sit in a truck as Thai Immigration officials escort them to a court in Songkhla province on March 15. Photo: Tuwaedaniya Meringing / AFP

Thailand as a regional haven for human trafficking

  • Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:52

Throughout the past five months, a total of 426 asylum-seekers from Central Asia landed in various parts of Thailand. These new arrivals were unusual and different from the Rohingya arriving in boats from the Andaman Sea, a pattern set over the past few years.

Jewher Ilham testifies at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in Washington, April 8, 2014.

A Uighur Father’s Brave Fight

  • Mon, 05/05/2014 - 16:07

The last time I saw my father was on Feb. 2, 2013. We were at the international airport in Beijing, about to board a flight to America for him to spend a year as a visiting scholar at Indiana University. I was 18, and was coming along for a few weeks to help him settle in.

Police officers keep watch on locals praying in front of a mosque in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in western China, on May 2. (Koichiro Ishida)

EDITORIAL: Xinjiang bombing reflects China’s flawed policy toward minorities

  • Mon, 05/05/2014 - 16:01

China has been hit by a string of violent incidents linked to problems concerning ethnic minorities in the country.

The blasts went off about at 7pm just after a train had pulled into the station and as passengers were streaming out onto a plaza near a bus station. A SWAT team police officer is pictured outside the station

Time Is Running Out For Ethnic Peace And Reconciliation In Xinjiang

  • Fri, 05/02/2014 - 20:56

In my last post, I questioned if the recent Chinese efforts to meet Uyghurs’ deep concerns about their living conditions and their cultural future could or could not be sufficient.

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