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An anti-terrorism force holds exercises in Hami, in northwest China's Xinjiang region in July.

Tiananmen crash: Terrorism or cry of desperation?

  • Thu, 10/31/2013 - 21:12

The events on Beijing's Tiananmen Square that resulted in the death of five people and the injury of dozens more were tragic, but are they representative of a serious terrorist threat to the Chinese state as is now being suggested by official sources?

The Tiananmen Square Car Crash: Terrorism or Accident?

  • Thu, 10/31/2013 - 21:08

Beijing was shocked Monday whBeijing was shocked Monday when an SUV slammed into a crowd of tourists in front of the Forbidden City, killing two tourists and injuring 40 bystanders.en an SUV slammed into a crowd of tourists in front of the Forbidden City, killing two tourists and injuring 40 bystanders.

China's Insecurity Problem: What's Islam Got to Do With It?

  • Thu, 10/31/2013 - 21:05

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, before attending a lunch with homeless and under-privileged people in Sydney, Australia, on June 17, 2013.Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

The Dalai Lama's seditious mantra

  • Thu, 10/10/2013 - 21:37

Tibetan leader's words about China's Xinjiang region reverberate during recent months of violence

Chinese President Xi Jinping plants a tree in Kazakhstan's capital Astana during his Central Asian trip, Sept. 7, 2013.

Amid Xinjiang's Troubles, China Banks on Central Asian Neighbors

  • Mon, 09/23/2013 - 09:28

Xi bags tens of billions of dollars in investments and energy deals during regional trip.

The Absurd Ramadan Ban in China is Going to Seriously Backfire on Beijing

  • Thu, 08/01/2013 - 21:25

As Muslims around the world continue to observe the holy month of Ramadan, the Chinese central government has banned it altogether for the Muslim Uighurs of Xinjiang, China, making it the latest episode of Beijing's crackdown on the ethnic minority.

China’s Ramadan repression

  • Fri, 07/19/2013 - 00:00

China’s confrontation with the Uighur people of Xinjiang province poses many challenges to the authorities in Beijing. 

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.

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