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Canada: China's muse on ethnic harmony

  • Mon, 12/18/2006 - 11:00

Faced with mounting inequality and rising street protests, China is turning to Canada as a source of ideas on how to defuse ethnic conflicts and build a social safety net.

China's Uighurs struggle to retain their identity

  • Fri, 12/15/2006 - 11:00

Abdel rubbed his clean-shaven chin as he and three friends finished up a dinner of goat soup and noodles. "The government doesn't allow young people here to grow beards," he said in this ancient Muslim city in China's western Xinjiang province. "If you do, they will send you to the lao gai suo (forced labor camps). This is a communist country, and it is scared of Muslims."

Local Governments in Xinjiang Continue Religious Repression During Ramadan

  • Fri, 12/15/2006 - 11:00

Local governments in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) continued strict controls in 2006 over the observance of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Local governments reported promoting rules that prevented students and teachers from observing the month-long holiday, which began in late September.

Development redefining China's west

  • Sat, 12/09/2006 - 11:00

Since 2000, Beijing has poured billions of dollars into its rustic western provinces, leaving local ethnic groups feeling threatened.

Rebiya Kadeer: The Uighur Dalai Lama

  • Fri, 12/08/2006 - 11:00

Rebiya Kadeer has been likened to the Dalai Lama, and the comparison grew more apt when the Uighur (pronounced wee-gur) human rights activist became a close contender for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, an award conferred on the Dalai Lama in 1989.

Touching Off Our China Crisis

  • Wed, 11/29/2006 - 11:00

On a warm Friday last March, after a hearty breakfast of fish cakes and salad, Huseyin Celil climbed into a car for a ride across the pockmarked streets of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

Muslim voices rising in China

  • Sun, 11/19/2006 - 11:00

On a recent Friday, the holy day of Islam, crowds swelled inside the antique Jame mosque, the largest in this ancient town in Xinjiang Province in the far west of China, home to the nation's small but restive Muslim minority.

From Silk Road to Supermarket, China's Fragrant Pears

  • Sat, 11/18/2006 - 11:00

Fragrant pears, with exotic provenance and a legendary reputation, have arrived in the United States for the first time after a journey that evokes Marco Polo.

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