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China: Assimilating or radicalising Uighurs?

  • Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:57

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), a restive province in China’s western periphery, is populated in almost equal proportions by Turkic-speaking Uighurs and Mandarin-speaking Han Chinese.

New development looms over Old City, Kashgar’s ancient quarter of a 2,000-year-old maze of adobe courtyard homes, which is under demolition, in Xinjiang province in China, August, 2010.

China's Prescription for Troubled Xinjiang: The New Silk Road

  • Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:37

The Silk Road plan has important domestic ramifications for China’s restive Xinjiang province.

Some of the 489 workers from Xinjiang prepare to board as they set off for Guangdong province to start new jobs. (Huang Guobao / Xinhua)

China Offers Work Placements And Mixed Marriage Incentives As Solutions For Its Xinjiang Problems

  • Sat, 11/15/2014 - 10:14

On October 29, in Urumqi, 489 special travelers climbed on the slow train to Guangdong that takes 50 hours to cross the whole of China diagonally. All of them where Uighurs.

Chinese President Xi Jinping greets representatives from China's 53 ethnic minorities before September's Central Ethnic Work Conference. (Credit: Xinhua)

A Family Divided: The CCP’s Central Ethnic Work Conference

  • Fri, 11/07/2014 - 19:47

For over a decade, academics and policymakers have been engaged in an unusually public and at times ad hominem debate over the future direction of China’s ethnic policies.

Dispatches From Xinjiang: The Uyghur Migrant Food Network

  • Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:21

When young people come to Ürümchi to work or study they are often supported by a network of people from their home village.

What Is a Uyghur?

  • Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:39

IN THE SCRAMBLE to make sense of the violence and repression in China’s Western region of Xinjiang, where many of the Uyghur inhabitants resist Chinese rule, local Uyghur perspectives have gone largely unreported.

New rules for China’s war on terror?

  • Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:35

After a very violent year, officials in China’s western province of Xinjiang announced in March 2014 that they were considering an anti-terror law for the region.

A Uyghur man studies the Quran. Photo by Umar Farooq.

Turning the Uyghur East

  • Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:30

“U-yu-ghur, we say U-yu-ghur,” Hajji Abdulaziz* gently explains to me, as I take a seat at the front of his fabric shop, blankets and seat cushions in a dizzying array of colors, stacked from floor to ceiling.

The Confucian Return in an Age of Extremes

  • Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:52

The tenth anniversary of the establishment of the global network of Confucius Institutes was celebrated in China with a letter of congratulations from...

The Xinjiang Conflict, Western Response, & Lessons for Academics and Policy Makers – Part II

  • Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:05

A recent Foreign Policy op-ed by Whitney Kassel on the Xinjiang conflict represents an excellent example of the conceptual divide between the academic and policy-security communities.