FILE - In this March 8, 2016 file photo, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Chairman Shohrat Zakir speaks during the Xinjiang delegation group’s meeting on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Bejing, China. China is tightening border controls in its northwestern Xinjiang region amid rising terrorism threats, the regional governor was quoted as saying on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Mark Schiefelbein, File/Associated Press)

China’s Xinjiang tightening border amid terrorist threats

  • Tue, 01/10/2017 - 18:49

China is tightening border controls in its northwestern Xinjiang region amid rising terrorism threats, the regional governor was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

'We are against extremist ideas and terrorism. This is a concern for our peaceful lives here,' Alisher Nasrakhunov, chairman of the Uighur council of elders says [Zhalil Saparov/Al Jazeera]

Uighurs in Kyrgyzstan hope for peace despite violence

  • Mon, 01/09/2017 - 17:01

Despite recent politically driven violence, community say Kyrgyzstan is their home now and they want to move on.

Chinese president Xi Jinping visited troops in one of the most restive areas of Xinjiang, where pockets of separatist groups opposed to Chinese rule reportedly operate. Photo: Weibo

Chinese police shoot dead three 'terror' suspects in Xinjiang

  • Mon, 01/09/2017 - 16:48

Chinese police shot dead three "violent terror" suspects in the western Xinjiang region, the government said on Monday, the latest clash with Islamist militants who the government says want to break the region away from China.

Xinjiang Party Officials Probed After Karakax Attack

  • Fri, 01/06/2017 - 17:40

Reuters’ Christian Shepherd reports that two CCP officials in Xinjiang have been placed under investigation for “serious disciplinary breaches” days after a deadly attack occurred at a government building under their jurisdiction:

World Uyghur Congress (WUC) President Rebiya Kadeer

Uyghur Diaspora Leader Voices Empathy for Turkey over Instanbul Shooting

  • Thu, 01/05/2017 - 19:15

Reports emerge that the shooter in the disco attack that killed 39 people might be from China's Uyghur community.

He Jun (left), party chief of Karakax county, Hotan, and Zhang Jinbiao, party secretary of Hotan prefecture in Xinjiang, have been placed under investigation. Photo: Handout

China probes senior Xinjiang party officials days after deadly bomb attack

  • Thu, 01/05/2017 - 19:01

Party chiefs of Hotan prefecture and Karakax county both suspected of ‘serious disciplinary breaches’ and ‘dereliction’

A Uyghur man stands outside a mosque in Turpan, Xinjiang,in a file photo.

Uyghur Government Workers Ordered Not to Identify on Forms as Muslim

  • Wed, 01/04/2017 - 21:39

The word Islam must not appear on household registration forms, while forms already filled in must be changed.

Xinjiang Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo was well known for his hardline policies during his previous posting in Tibet. Photo: Handout

Show of force in Xinjiang sends hardline message

  • Tue, 01/03/2017 - 22:14

Tough new party chief shows authorities will brook no trouble from terrorists in region, just days after deadly attack on office compound

Soldiers of Xinjiang Armed Police Frontier Corps get drill in gobi desert of Yecheng County on August 17, 2015 in Kashgar, Xinjiang.

China's Xinjiang sets up legal team to prosecute terror cases

  • Fri, 12/30/2016 - 17:55

Prosecutors in China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang have set up a special team to handle terror-related cases, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday.

Armed Chinese paramilitary policemen march during an anti-terrorist drill in Xinjiang, July 2, 2013.

China Says 5 Killed in Attack at Communist Party Office in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 12/29/2016 - 15:44

Five people were killed in a clash at a branch of the Communist Party in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang, the state news media reported on Thursday.