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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.

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

  • Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:03

In a private English lesson in a classroom in Urumqi, a young Han Chinese girl and I were discussing American

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FCC: China's Restive Borderlands: Is Beijing Losing Control of its Most Distant Lands?

  • Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:24

China’s frontiers have never been more volatile. In western Xinjiang, terrorist attacks by the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority native to the region have increased sharply, as dissatisfaction with both Beijing’s rule and mass immigration to the region by Han Chinese spills over into violence.

View of Kashgar’s new city. Photo by Sue Anne Tay

Kashgar, Nanjiang

  • Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:59

Xinjiang will soon see the launch of its first high-speed railway train that will run from Lanzhou city in neighboring Gansu province to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang.

Chinese soldiers ride on the back of a truck as they patrol outside the Id Kah Mosque, China's largest, on July 31 in Kashgar, China. China has increased security in many parts of the restive Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region following some of the worst violence in months in the Uyghur dominated area. | Getty Images via Getty Images

The Fight Against Beijing You Probably Never Heard About

  • Fri, 10/10/2014 - 20:26

Tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets in recent weeks demanding the right to choose their leaders independently from Chinese authorities.

100 members of the Uyghur community in Oslo, Norway, marched the streets to commemorate the one year anniversary of the 5 July 2009 massacre in Urumqi. Olav Ljone Skogaas/Demotix. All rights reserved.

Resistance, repression, and the cycle of violence in the Uyghur Struggle

  • Fri, 10/10/2014 - 20:11

Is the state actively engaged in decreasing participation in nonviolent resistance and delegitimizing Uyghur grievances by highlighting escalating violence?

The Chinese government is experimenting with gentler approaches to pacifying restive populations in Xinjiang and Tibet, but it has far from forsaken its “iron fist” approach. (Photo: Alex Rubystone / Flickr)

Can China Pacify Its Restive Minorities Peacefully?

  • Thu, 10/09/2014 - 19:39

China is experimenting with "soft power" approaches to its restive minority populations, but brute force remains an omnipresent threat.

Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang: Triple Trouble on China's Periphery

  • Thu, 10/09/2014 - 19:36

"Despite the vast differences that set Hong Kong apart from Tibet and Xinjiang, we can find one plausible common explanation for the unrest in all three places..."

A local woman on a crutch shouts at Chinese paramilitary police wearing riot gear as a crowd of angry locals confront security forces on a street in the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region on July 7, 2009.

China May Have Committed A Tiananmen Square-Scale Massacre This Year — And Totally Covered It Up

  • Wed, 10/08/2014 - 21:46

Many feared that the recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong would end with a crackdown reminiscent of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, when the Chinese army crushed a peaceful student occupation of central Beijing and killed hundreds or even thousands of people in the process.

China's Vast, Strange, and Powerful Farming Militia Turns 60

  • Wed, 10/08/2014 - 21:33

The government entity, colloquially called the 'Bingtuan,' employs almost 12 percent of everyone in Xinjiang.