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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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The CCP's Solution to China's 'Ethnic Issues'

  • Tue, 09/30/2014 - 20:22

At a conference in Beijing, China’s top leaders offered solutions for “material” and “spiritual” ethnic issues.

Assa Ariyoshi

China's Fruitless Repression of the Uighurs

  • Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:19

Last week, a court in China’s far western Xinjiang region sentenced Ilham Tohti, a member of the Uighur minority, to life in prison for the crime of “inciting separatism.”

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.


  • Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:12

Ilham Tohti, who has become one of the most prominent political prisoners in China after his arrest in January 2014, was sentenced to life in prison last week

Ilham Tohti, Uyghur; Tybetanka Oser, Tibetan; Ai Weiwei, Han. Beijing, May 19, 2013.

China's hotbed: who created the violence?

  • Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:58

By turning the screws on the Uighurs tighter every day, is China actually creating the hotbed of discontent that it's trying to crack down on?

An Internet Where Nobody Says Anything

  • Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:57

Ilham Tohti's unjust fate says much about the Chinese Communist Party's dark vision for the web's future.

A lone voice silenced

  • Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:41

China signals its alarm at rising dissent in Xinjiang by jailing an academic for life

Chinese paramilitary police stand guard outside the Grand Bazaar in the ethnic Uigur area of Urumqi, July 9, 2009. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

China encourages extremism by suppressing Uighur culture

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:44

China may have valid concerns about the threat of terrorism in its far western province of Xinjiang, home to the country's mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

Tension, Repression, and Discrimination: China’s Uyghurs Under Threat

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:01

Despite the official stance of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which nominally recognizes the Uyghur people as equal citizens, Uyghur Muslims have always had a troubled relationship with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) central government authorities.