Commentary

Editorial: China’s rebellious province

  • Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:43

The carnage allegedly committed by terrorists of the Uighur minority at Kunming Railway Station in southwest China on Saturday night was a humiliating slap in the face of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. At least 29 people were killed and 143 wounded in the act of terror, which represents a serious challenge to their leadership.

China: Mass stabbing shows the country must address Uighur grievances

  • Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:07

On the 1 March 2014, a mass knife stabbing attack that claimed 29 lives and injured over 130 took place at Kunming train station in South-West China.

Chinese armed police patrol the scene of the terror attack at the main train station in Kunming, Yunnan province, on March 2, 2014. The attackers acted in desperation after a failed attempt to leave the country and become jihadists overseas, a Chinese official was Wednesday quoted as saying. -- PHOTO: AFP

Beijing needs to rethink Uighur policy

  • Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:55

The horrific attacks by machete-wielding terrorists in a Chinese railway station have driven home the fact that China has a serious insurgency on its hands.

China’s war on common sense: The case of Ilham Tohti

  • Tue, 02/18/2014 - 09:30

For a few weeks we have been following an increasing amount of information regarding the arrest of the Uyghur Professor at Beijing Central Minorities University, Ilham Tohti.

Chinese Government Must Close Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality

  • Tue, 02/18/2014 - 09:25

JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Wang of Human Rights Watch says that the Chinese government must begin to consider the vehement demands of the people to reform...

The Coming Collapse of China

  • Wed, 02/12/2014 - 21:05

In a remarkably short period of time, China has become a world-class manufacturing powerhouse.

Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention.

'Punishing Ilham Tohti is the Latest in a Litany of Errors'

  • Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:59

A veteran Chinese journalist takes aim at the Communist Party's policies in Xinjiang and the recent detention of Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti.

Photo illustration: Shutterstock

China: Suppression of religious freedoms in Xinjiang continues

  • Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:51

During China’s Cultural Revolution the Uyghur linguist Ibrahim Mutte’i, who helped compile a comprehensive multilingual dictionary, was tortured in the pursuit of cultural conformity by having large volumes of his edited dictionary dropped on his head.

China’s Crackdown on the Uighurs and the Case of Ilham Tohti

  • Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:36

The New York Times reports that Ilham Tohti, a Uighur economics professor, has been arrested by Chinese authorities for separatism and inciting ethnic hatred.

Aggressive lecturing? Or hyping up issues?

Unquiet on the western front

  • Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:21

THE LATEST flurry of news from and about Xinjiang—a fresh bout of deadly violence in the region and the arrest of an activist scholar in Beijing—suggests that Chinese authorities are not about to change their strategy for managing ethnic tensions there.

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