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Islam's Invisible Frontier: The Muslims of Chinese-Occupied East Turkestan

  • Tue, 11/14/2006 - 11:00

Pelosi-led House seen not rocking boat on China

  • Sun, 11/12/2006 - 11:00

 A Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives led by frequent China critic Nancy Pelosi will intensify scrutiny of Chinese trade and human rights practices, but will stop short of confrontation, American and Chinese experts said

Xinjiang's battle against the desert

  • Thu, 11/09/2006 - 11:00

When the city of Korla rose from the Taklamakan Desert in mid-1950s, it was admired as a triumph of human willpower over adverse nature. Thousands of soldiers put the place on the map in China's far west Xinjiang region by digging 600 kilometers of channels to coax underground water to large collective farms.

Balkhash Lake Turning Into Another Aral?

  • Mon, 11/06/2006 - 11:00

Lake Balkhash, one of the largest inland bodies of water on Earth, is in danger of turning into an environmental death zone whose impact would be felt throughout Central Asia.

China asserts grip on key western province

  • Thu, 10/26/2006 - 12:00

Mullah Masude, 63, removes his shoes and gingerly navigates an expanse of carpeting in the Jaman mosque's main worship area before climbing a set of rickety steps to the roof.

Muslims feel the long arm of Beijing

  • Mon, 10/23/2006 - 12:00

In Xinjiang, which is of strategic importance to China, Uighurs try to maintain their culture despite strict oversight.

China's road to riches

  • Sat, 10/21/2006 - 12:00

Travelling Asia's ancient trade route lets you connect with a storied past and a vibrant present, writes Spencer Wynn


  • Thu, 10/19/2006 - 12:00

A noted Chinese theorist on modern warfare, Chang Mengxiong, compared China's form of fighting to "a Chinese boxer with a keen knowledge of vital body points who can bring an opponent to his knees with a minimum of movements". It is like key acupuncture points in ancient Chinese medicine.

Rabiya Kadeer and the Nobel Peace Prize

  • Tue, 10/17/2006 - 12:00

In 1998, I was eating laghman at a Uyghur ashkhana (eatery) in the Uyghur section of Urumqui. The owner, hearing that I spoke Uyghur, began to talk with me.

Discovering China's ancient ribbon of highway

  • Fri, 10/06/2006 - 12:00

 From the ancient oasis towns of Central Asia, we retraced the epic journeys traveled along the Silk Road through desolate mountains and deserts, through busy bazaars and crumbling mud-brick towns.