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Anti-terrorism police forces in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region held a swearing-in ceremony on June 29, following violent clashes which killed at least 35 people last week. Meng Jianzhu, secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party, attended the ceremony.

Uyghurs Failed by China’s Policies

  • Wed, 07/03/2013 - 23:33

Two recent incidents in northwest China have called to attention the dire situation among Uyghurs and the need for a far-reaching review of policies for Chinese officials.

Crackdown, Misunderstanding of Uyghur Faith

  • Wed, 07/03/2013 - 23:29

At a holy site in the Central Asian desert, the indigenous Uyghur people tie rice and corn to grave-markers to "feed" spirits and protect the souls of their dead.

Xinjiang beefed up army force after the latest riot. Photo: AFP

Xinjiang violence a sad indictment of Beijing's policy

  • Wed, 07/03/2013 - 23:25

Raffaello Pantucci says the promised economic boom isn't trickling down

Annual Mobilization in Xinjiang?

  • Wed, 07/03/2013 - 23:23

Much has happened since I documented the emergence of a terrorism narrative for the June 26 incident.

Learning the Wrong Lessons in Xinjiang

  • Wed, 07/03/2013 - 23:21

The violence that occurred in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang region in western China, on July 5, 2009 was both shocking and predictable.

Chinese paramilitary police block photos as they man a checkpoint on the road to Lukchun, June 28, 2013.

China’s Terrorism Narrative Emerges for June 26 Incident

  • Fri, 06/28/2013 - 00:00

Yesterday, a “knife-wielding” mob attacked a police station, government offices, and a construction site in Lukqun township, Xinjiang. T

EU human rights strategy: one year on

  • Thu, 06/27/2013 - 23:14

Exactly one year ago EU foreign ministers adopted an ambitious new strategic framework on human rights and democracy.

Why does Central Asia Still Matter? Because It Matters to China

  • Fri, 06/21/2013 - 00:00

This is a guest post by Kendrick Kuo, a grad student at Johns Hopkins and China specialist with a wealth of field experience in China and the Middle East.


  • Thu, 06/13/2013 - 18:02

It happened in Zambia like it could happen elsewhere in Africa. Chinese investors made deals with the government to mine its natural resources, filling federal coffers with billions of dollars.

The end of Guantanamo does not necessarily mean the beginning of freedom (Keystone)

The long road from Guantanamo to Switzerland

  • Wed, 06/12/2013 - 17:51

Illegally imprisoned for eight years, three former inmates of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp have found refuge in Switzerland. Three others fell foul of administrative hurdles in Bern. swissinfo.ch looks at where they are now.