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Women wearing traditional Uighur clothes in the city of Kashgar in the Chinese Xinjiang province. The mostly Muslim Uighurs share very close linguistic and cultural links to Central Asia and resent the Han Chinese. Photograph: Reinhard Krause/Reuters

Tighter Han-Uighur links could pave way for New Silk Road trade initiative

  • Fri, 12/05/2014 - 22:37

Project will offer investment opportunities as well as energy and resources exchanges

Nile Green on The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History

  • Thu, 12/04/2014 - 20:06

ON MAPS TODAY, China’s Central Asian regions are labeled Xinjiang, literally designating the “New Territories” annexed to the Chinese state during the Qing imperial conquests of the 1750s.

A veiled Uighur woman at a food stall in a market in Kashgar, Xinjiang, in August.Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Q. and A.: James Leibold on Ethnic Policies in China

  • Tue, 12/02/2014 - 20:29

James Leibold is a senior lecturer in politics and Asian studies at La Trobe University in Australia, and is currently based in Beijing.

Delusion about China is a bipartisan policy

  • Mon, 12/01/2014 - 21:14

Tighter economic integration with China should not be a reason to delude oneself about the nature of a regime that is profoundly adverse to democracy, writes Nicholas Bequelin.


  • Sun, 11/30/2014 - 21:33

The recent report of Uighur refugees stranded in Thailand brings forward several significant questions regarding the refugee crisis, the status of Uighurs and the future of China as a superpower.

Chinese police clash with ethnic Uighurs in July 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region and the center of the country’s ethnic Uighur population. Ethnic Uighurs living in Kyrgyzstan fear their activism for minority rights may also attract more scrutiny by security services as it has in neighboring China, which is Kyrgyzstan’s largest trading partner and considers ITTIPAK – a Uighur activist organization – to be a separatist group. (Photo: Guang Niu/Getty Images)

Kyrgyzstan’s Uighurs Cautious, Still Fear Chinese Influence

  • Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:39

Artik Hadjiev is a middle-aged man with a gentle face and smiling eyes. Sitting in a Bishkek hotel lobby wearing a smart suit, he speaks quietly and eloquently about community building and collective aid.

Xinjiang’s fractured harmonious society

  • Fri, 11/21/2014 - 19:26

In Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western province Xinjiang, I often walk past a propaganda poster that promotes unity within the province.

China: Assimilating or radicalising Uighurs?

  • Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:57

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), a restive province in China’s western periphery, is populated in almost equal proportions by Turkic-speaking Uighurs and Mandarin-speaking Han Chinese.

New development looms over Old City, Kashgar’s ancient quarter of a 2,000-year-old maze of adobe courtyard homes, which is under demolition, in Xinjiang province in China, August, 2010.

China's Prescription for Troubled Xinjiang: The New Silk Road

  • Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:37

The Silk Road plan has important domestic ramifications for China’s restive Xinjiang province.

Some of the 489 workers from Xinjiang prepare to board as they set off for Guangdong province to start new jobs. (Huang Guobao / Xinhua)

China Offers Work Placements And Mixed Marriage Incentives As Solutions For Its Xinjiang Problems

  • Sat, 11/15/2014 - 10:14

On October 29, in Urumqi, 489 special travelers climbed on the slow train to Guangdong that takes 50 hours to cross the whole of China diagonally. All of them where Uighurs.