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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.

China’s Counterproductive Counterterrorism Policies

  • Wed, 10/08/2014 - 21:30

China is currently in the midst of yet another crackdown on Uyghur separatist violence, and this one is unlikely to be more successful in the long term than the previous crackdowns. Violence in Xinjiang is not particularly new.

Mass sentencing, Yili, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China (REUTERS/China Stringer Network)

Xinjiang and terrorism (part 2): The new threat of ISIS

  • Fri, 10/03/2014 - 23:37

Beijing's well-documented heavy-handed response to the recent upswing in violence in Xinjiang has been one contributor to the internationalization of the Uyghur issue which I argued in part 1 of this post.

Australia and China: Don’t Mention the Uighurs?

  • Thu, 10/02/2014 - 21:15

The Chinese embassy in Australia expresses its displeasure with an ABC program.

Ethnic Uighur women grieve for their men, 7 July 2009, who they believe were taken away by the Chinese authorities following bloody clashes in Urumqi two days previously

The Approaching Xinjiang Crisis Point

  • Thu, 10/02/2014 - 21:11

Crackdown or reform, Chinese leaders will be forced to take action soon if they hope to keep the peace.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Evgeni Zotov.

Xinjiang and terrorism (part 1): China's global narrative

  • Thu, 10/02/2014 - 21:05

The ABC's Foreign Correspondent story 'Crackdown', about Beijing's renewed hard-line in Xinjiang and which on Tuesday night, has been the focus of considerable Chinese ire.

Two SWAT policemen run during a training competition in Urumqi in northwest… (AFP/Getty Images )

China's Xinjiang Blunder

  • Thu, 10/02/2014 - 20:38

China's Xinjiang policy has not only been questioned by the West, but it has also caused problems for Beijing in the Middle East.

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