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Interactive: China's Uighur unrest

  • Mon, 09/22/2014 - 21:27

Ethnic violence has wrecked China's restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.

Armed police in Xinjiang, keeping watch at Urumqi tourist attraction International Grand Bazaar, will be conducting all-day patrols to make sure nothing goes wrong during the anniversary of the July 5, 2009 riots. -- PHOTO: CNS

China wrong on Xinjiang

  • Mon, 09/22/2014 - 21:13

China has embarked on a dangerous and self-defeating mission in troubled Xinjiang province and should reverse course as quickly as it can.

Campaigners on both sides of Scotland's independence referendum stand outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday, September 18. Scots are voting on whether the country should leave the United Kingdom and become independent.

Five secessionist movements that could learn from Scotland

  • Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:21

"Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?"

Ilham Tohti - The moderate critic

  • Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:17

Ilham Tohti, a well-known Uighur and a moderate critic of Beijing's policy towards the country's Muslim minority, is on trial in China on charges of "separatism." DW takes a look at the scholar's life.

Why China fears a Scottish Yes

  • Tue, 09/16/2014 - 20:02

It is one of Beijing’s worst nightmares: subjects in a resource-rich semi-autonomous province hold a vote on independence.

Uyghurs fasting while observing Ramadan. (Credit: Al Jazeera)

Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results

  • Thu, 09/11/2014 - 19:27

Following deadly attacks in Beijing, Kunming and Urumqi over the last year, the Xinjiang government has intensified its efforts to regulate Uyghur religious activities.

Stringer/China/Reuters/Corbis A Uighur man watching a convoy of Chinese paramilitaries in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, May 23, 2014

From China to Jihad?

  • Wed, 09/10/2014 - 19:32

It’s a very long way from China’s arid Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the country’s far northwest to its semi-tropical borders with Vietnam, Laos, and Burma in the south

The Day Imam Tahir Died

  • Wed, 09/10/2014 - 19:21

There is little reason to wake up early in Kashgar, an ancient Silk Road city of 350,000 in the southwestern corner of China’s vast Xinjiang region.

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Mahmud -- Not Just Another Mainland Tourist in Hong Kong

  • Tue, 09/02/2014 - 20:15

A Uighur jade trader gets a rare chance to visit Hong Kong and has a taste of the freedom he does not enjoy back home.

Photo: Goh Chai Hin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Chinese riot police in downtown Urumqi, in Xinjiang province, July 2009

Is Beijing considering a policy change in Xinjiang?

  • Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:50

The most important point to remember has always been: The economic, political and cultural integration of Xinjiang with China proper must continue