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Q&A with Uighur spiritual leader Rebiya Kadeer

  • Sun, 07/12/2009 - 12:00

The Monitor spoke with the exiled mother figure for China's Uighurs about the deadly riots, independence, and China's use of the label of 'terrorist.'

A rude lesson on unity and stability for Muslims and Chinese Government

  • Sat, 07/11/2009 - 12:00

Decades of bad blood over inter-ethnic ties, official missteps and external influences boiled over into violence last Sunday in remote Xinjiang province in northwest China.

China's leaders reap instability

  • Sat, 07/11/2009 - 12:00

 Bloody riots which broke out this week in the far west of China are another ominous warning which the ruling Communist Party should heed if it is to maintain the country's cherished stability. Although quickly dismissed by officials as the work of foreign provocateurs, this violence highlights the moral void at the heart of the government's policies for future development and can't be squelched permanently with another crackdown.

Anurag Viswanath: Managing diversity - China gets a wake-up call

  • Sat, 07/11/2009 - 12:00

China’s extreme north-west province, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), propelled into the global spotlight this week with rioting and violence between the Uighurs (Turkic- Muslims) and Han Chinese ethnic groups.

The 'New Land'

  • Sat, 07/11/2009 - 12:00

China’s ethnic moment is here with a vengeance. This was nervously endorsed by President Hu Jintao’s decision to cut short the G-8 summit to return home. The ongoing unrest in Xinjiang will bring with it a familiar sense of déjà vu.

Chinese oppression of minorities

  • Sat, 07/11/2009 - 12:00

The unrest in Urumqi and the massacre of Muslim Uighurs once again highlighted the instability of Chinese society and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) cruel, merciless nature.

Uighur riots show need for rethink by Beijing

  • Sat, 07/11/2009 - 12:00

The deadly ethnic riot on Sunday in Urumqi, capital of China’s Xinjiang province, is a wake-up call for Beijing. The violent incident, in which 156 were killed and more than 800 wounded, should prompt the Chinese government to change its policies and address the ethnic tensions in China’s restive border regions, particularly Xinjiang and Tibet.

Washington Abetting Racism in China

  • Fri, 07/10/2009 - 12:00

Racism, alas, is not a uniquely American or European phenomenon. I can personally attest to the fact that racism abounds in Asia. The Japanese have long discriminated against immigrants, the Koreans like to contend they are most homogeneous population on the planet, and Han Chinese have a thinly disguised disdain for minority groups who constitute the other 8% of Beijing's 1.3 billion constituents.

Why Urumqi Has Frightened the CCP

  • Fri, 07/10/2009 - 12:00

In all my years watching the Chinese Communist Party and its ever-growing list of victims, I don’t think I have seen a single incident more telling about the weaknesses of the mainstream media (and, by reflection, the immense value of the Epoch Times—and I’d say that even if they didn’t run my columns) than what happened in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Province, this week. 

The discovery of the Uyghurs

  • Fri, 07/10/2009 - 12:00

The unrest in China’s western province of Xinjiang - known to the Uyghurs as East Turkestan - has focused the world’s attention on a comparatively neglected people. It is long overdue, says Henryk Szadziewski of the Uyghur Human Rights Project.