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Chinese President Xi Jinping greets representatives from China's 53 ethnic minorities before September's Central Ethnic Work Conference. (Credit: Xinhua)

A Family Divided: The CCP’s Central Ethnic Work Conference

  • Fri, 11/07/2014 - 19:47

For over a decade, academics and policymakers have been engaged in an unusually public and at times ad hominem debate over the future direction of China’s ethnic policies.

Dispatches From Xinjiang: The Uyghur Migrant Food Network

  • Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:21

When young people come to Ürümchi to work or study they are often supported by a network of people from their home village.

What Is a Uyghur?

  • Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:39

IN THE SCRAMBLE to make sense of the violence and repression in China’s Western region of Xinjiang, where many of the Uyghur inhabitants resist Chinese rule, local Uyghur perspectives have gone largely unreported.

New rules for China’s war on terror?

  • Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:35

After a very violent year, officials in China’s western province of Xinjiang announced in March 2014 that they were considering an anti-terror law for the region.

A Uyghur man studies the Quran. Photo by Umar Farooq.

Turning the Uyghur East

  • Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:30

“U-yu-ghur, we say U-yu-ghur,” Hajji Abdulaziz* gently explains to me, as I take a seat at the front of his fabric shop, blankets and seat cushions in a dizzying array of colors, stacked from floor to ceiling.

The Confucian Return in an Age of Extremes

  • Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:52

The tenth anniversary of the establishment of the global network of Confucius Institutes was celebrated in China with a letter of congratulations from...

The Xinjiang Conflict, Western Response, & Lessons for Academics and Policy Makers – Part II

  • Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:05

A recent Foreign Policy op-ed by Whitney Kassel on the Xinjiang conflict represents an excellent example of the conceptual divide between the academic and policy-security communities.

The Xinjiang Conflict, Western Response, & Lessons for Academics and Policy Makers – Part I

  • Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:03

In a private English lesson in a classroom in Urumqi, a young Han Chinese girl and I were discussing American

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FCC: China's Restive Borderlands: Is Beijing Losing Control of its Most Distant Lands?

  • Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:24

China’s frontiers have never been more volatile. In western Xinjiang, terrorist attacks by the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority native to the region have increased sharply, as dissatisfaction with both Beijing’s rule and mass immigration to the region by Han Chinese spills over into violence.

View of Kashgar’s new city. Photo by Sue Anne Tay

Kashgar, Nanjiang

  • Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:59

Xinjiang will soon see the launch of its first high-speed railway train that will run from Lanzhou city in neighboring Gansu province to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang.