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Big brother: Surveillance cameras keep watch on the roads entering Pilal village in Xinjiang. Photo: Sanghee Liu

Uyghurs Under Socio-Economic Restriction in Wealthy East Turkistan

  • Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:16

The mountain ranges of northwestern East Turkestan (Xinjiang) are one of China's wealthiest regions, but scholars say its Muslim Uyghur inhabitants have lived under socio-economic restrictions for decades.

A watchtower in old Xian contrasts with a modern apartments, reflecting the city's role as hub for the new Silk Road. Photo: Bruce Holmes

China's new Silk Road plan builds on failed Go West drive

  • Mon, 06/02/2014 - 18:58

Two thousand years ago Xian was the heart of China's trade-driven economy.

Those Who Frighten China

  • Mon, 06/02/2014 - 18:56

Almost a year after September 11th, I returned from high school in Massachusetts to spend two months in Beijing, as the guest of family friends.

Vietnamese police officers ask people to leave a street near the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on May 18, in the wake of violent anti-China protests.

For One Woman, ‘Uighur-Vietnamese Days’ in China

  • Fri, 05/30/2014 - 00:00

Thanhtu Dao was working for a Vietnamese company at a commercial exhibition in Shenzhen in mid-May as anti-Chinese rioting flared in Vietnam, in reaction to China’s deployment of a deep-sea oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Should China Fear Islamic Insurgency?

  • Thu, 05/29/2014 - 19:41

Xi Jinping may well be able to solve the violence in Xinjiang, but Beijing will need to change course.

China's Two Problems with the Uyghurs

  • Thu, 05/29/2014 - 19:35

Beijing has two problems with the Uyghurs, the Turkic-speaking, Central Asian people from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region.

Is China's "Go West" Strategy Doomed?

  • Wed, 05/28/2014 - 19:30

President Xi Jinping has big plans for Xinjiang and Central Asia. Recent bouts of violence could endanger Beijing's efforts.

A Uighur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travel along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region May 23, 2014. Reuters

Beijing's Xinjiang Problem

  • Tue, 05/27/2014 - 21:29

The terrorist attack Thursday in the Xinjiang region is China's deadliest in memory, though it echoes other recent episodes.

Q & A: Gardner Bovingdon on Uighur Discontent and China’s Choices

  • Mon, 05/26/2014 - 21:45

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China’s New Silk Road Vision: Lessons for India

  • Mon, 05/19/2014 - 18:25

Chinese diplomacy towards Central Asia has been effective. India should take note.