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Mass sentencing, Yili, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China (REUTERS/China Stringer Network)

Xinjiang and terrorism (part 2): The new threat of ISIS

  • Fri, 10/03/2014 - 23:37

Beijing's well-documented heavy-handed response to the recent upswing in violence in Xinjiang has been one contributor to the internationalization of the Uyghur issue which I argued in part 1 of this post.

Australia and China: Don’t Mention the Uighurs?

  • Thu, 10/02/2014 - 21:15

The Chinese embassy in Australia expresses its displeasure with an ABC program.

Ethnic Uighur women grieve for their men, 7 July 2009, who they believe were taken away by the Chinese authorities following bloody clashes in Urumqi two days previously

The Approaching Xinjiang Crisis Point

  • Thu, 10/02/2014 - 21:11

Crackdown or reform, Chinese leaders will be forced to take action soon if they hope to keep the peace.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Evgeni Zotov.

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.

Image Credit: Miao family image via Grigvovan / Shutterstock.com

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.

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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.