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Patrolling police officers and an armored police vehicle were part of the stepped-up security in Urumqi, in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, after the knife and bomb attack Wednesday evening.

Q & A: Nicholas Bequelin on Why Tensions Are Rising in Xinjiang and Beyond

  • Fri, 05/02/2014 - 20:41

Wednesday evening, at least two assailants armed with knives attacked a crowd of people outside a train station in Urumqi, the capital of the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang.

Mixed Signals on Xinjiang

  • Fri, 05/02/2014 - 20:36

Chinese President Xi Jinping just spent four days that, in the heavily vetted and curated universe of Chinese state media, appeared full of smiles.

Holes in the iron wall

  • Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:34

A violent attack on April 30th at the main railway station in Urumqi, the capital of western China’s Xinjiang region, has left at least three people dead and nearly 80 injured.

Image Credit: Weibo/ @人民网

Counterterrorism, 'Ethnic Unity' the Focus as Xi Visits Xinjiang

  • Tue, 04/29/2014 - 22:32

Xi’s visit to Xinjiang reveals a focus on counterterrorism and continued economic development.

Regardless of party, China will continue to exist in some form. (China Photos/Getty Images)

Why China's Communist Party is headed for collapse

  • Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:34

It might take years or even decades, but the cracks are already starting to show

Ilham Tohti

Engaging China on Human Rights

  • Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

China is bound to act in its national interest. Upholding human rights is one of those interests.

How Chinese Think About Terrorism

  • Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

A survey of Chinese attitudes in the wake of the March attack on Kunming.

Living Without Internet for a Year (the REAL Story)

  • Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:38

My Dearest Xinhua, I just wanted to write a personal thank-you for your recent article about the year-long internet blackout here in Xinjiang.

Image Credit: REUTERS/Chen Aizhu

China’s Delicate Pursuit of Natural Gas

  • Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:00

As it seeks to reduce its dependence on coal, Beijing’s return to the Silk Road raises some unfamiliar security concerns.

From left to right: Ilham, wife and Woeser, seven days before Ilham’s arrest. Photo from the Tibetan writer Woeser’s Twitter account @degewa.

My Ideals and the Career Path I Have Chosen

  • Mon, 04/07/2014 - 20:16

On January 15, 2014, Chinese authorities arrested Ilham Tohti, a Uighur economics professor at the prestigious Minzu University in Beijing. Authorities formally charged him with separatism on February 25, and have so far denied him access to his attorney.