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The Uyghur World Cup 2014: A search for a National Identity

  • Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:22

On June 14, 2014, two days after the Fifa World Cup opens, the second Uyghur World Cup will take place over seven days in the Central Anatolian city of Kayseri in Turkey.

A group of journalists at the pro-democracy protest in Tiananmen Square, May 17, 1989. (Carl Ho / Courtesy Reuters)

Modern China's Original Sin

  • Wed, 06/04/2014 - 22:08

Tiananmen Square's Legacy of Repression

Big brother: Surveillance cameras keep watch on the roads entering Pilal village in Xinjiang. Photo: Sanghee Liu

Uyghurs Under Socio-Economic Restriction in Wealthy East Turkistan

  • Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:16

The mountain ranges of northwestern East Turkestan (Xinjiang) are one of China's wealthiest regions, but scholars say its Muslim Uyghur inhabitants have lived under socio-economic restrictions for decades.

A watchtower in old Xian contrasts with a modern apartments, reflecting the city's role as hub for the new Silk Road. Photo: Bruce Holmes

China's new Silk Road plan builds on failed Go West drive

  • Mon, 06/02/2014 - 18:58

Two thousand years ago Xian was the heart of China's trade-driven economy.

Those Who Frighten China

  • Mon, 06/02/2014 - 18:56

Almost a year after September 11th, I returned from high school in Massachusetts to spend two months in Beijing, as the guest of family friends.

Vietnamese police officers ask people to leave a street near the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on May 18, in the wake of violent anti-China protests.

For One Woman, ‘Uighur-Vietnamese Days’ in China

  • Fri, 05/30/2014 - 00:00

Thanhtu Dao was working for a Vietnamese company at a commercial exhibition in Shenzhen in mid-May as anti-Chinese rioting flared in Vietnam, in reaction to China’s deployment of a deep-sea oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Should China Fear Islamic Insurgency?

  • Thu, 05/29/2014 - 19:41

Xi Jinping may well be able to solve the violence in Xinjiang, but Beijing will need to change course.

China's Two Problems with the Uyghurs

  • Thu, 05/29/2014 - 19:35

Beijing has two problems with the Uyghurs, the Turkic-speaking, Central Asian people from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region.

Is China's "Go West" Strategy Doomed?

  • Wed, 05/28/2014 - 19:30

President Xi Jinping has big plans for Xinjiang and Central Asia. Recent bouts of violence could endanger Beijing's efforts.

A Uighur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travel along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region May 23, 2014. Reuters

Beijing's Xinjiang Problem

  • Tue, 05/27/2014 - 21:29

The terrorist attack Thursday in the Xinjiang region is China's deadliest in memory, though it echoes other recent episodes.