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  • Sun, 11/30/2014 - 21:33

The recent report of Uighur refugees stranded in Thailand brings forward several significant questions regarding the refugee crisis, the status of Uighurs and the future of China as a superpower.

Chinese police clash with ethnic Uighurs in July 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region and the center of the country’s ethnic Uighur population. Ethnic Uighurs living in Kyrgyzstan fear their activism for minority rights may also attract more scrutiny by security services as it has in neighboring China, which is Kyrgyzstan’s largest trading partner and considers ITTIPAK – a Uighur activist organization – to be a separatist group. (Photo: Guang Niu/Getty Images)

Kyrgyzstan’s Uighurs Cautious, Still Fear Chinese Influence

  • Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:39

Artik Hadjiev is a middle-aged man with a gentle face and smiling eyes. Sitting in a Bishkek hotel lobby wearing a smart suit, he speaks quietly and eloquently about community building and collective aid.

Xinjiang’s fractured harmonious society

  • Fri, 11/21/2014 - 19:26

In Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western province Xinjiang, I often walk past a propaganda poster that promotes unity within the province.

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.