November 2016

Time for Beijing to draw back in Xinjiang

  • Wed, 11/30/2016 - 17:10

China has a long-standing problem in its oil rich northwestern region of Xinjiang and it is persisting with solutions that have patently not worked.

Chinese-manufactured military vehicles can be seen patrolling in Afghanistan's Little Pamir region. (WION)

China dismisses report of military patrols in Afghanistan

  • Wed, 11/30/2016 - 17:07

China's Defence Ministry on Wednesday dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, after an Indian media outlet said Chinese security forces were making regular patrols there.

Twins Husan and Hasan listen to a coach’s speech after nighttime training at R&F Soccer School in Meizhou, Guangdong province, March 17, 2016. Liu Yuyang for Sixth Tone

Goal Far Afield for Young Uyghur Footballers

  • Tue, 11/29/2016 - 20:00

In Guangdong province, water is never far away. Even if it’s not raining, the air will still be damp, and every part of the R&F Soccer School — the floors, the windows, the walls — is constantly covered in drops of water.

UNPO Side-event to UN Minority Forum Highlights Plight of Forgotten Minorities in Humanitarian Crises

  • Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:11

On 25 November 2016, the UNPO, in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), convened a side-event to the 9th Session of the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues.

Uighur Muslims in Turpan County, Xinjiang. Authorities have clamped down on symbols of Islam such as beards and the veil

China orders Xinjiang residents to hand in passports

  • Mon, 11/28/2016 - 18:03

Citizens of restive region of 11m Muslim Uighurs must apply to get papers back

Muslims pray at a mosque during Ramadan in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, July 6, 2015. Picture taken July 6, 2015 REUTERS/China Daily

Religious extremism is spreading to inland China: official

  • Mon, 11/28/2016 - 17:58

Religious extremism has begun to spread to inland China from its western Xinjiang region, long considered by the government to be at the forefront of its efforts to battle Islamist separatists, the country's top religious affairs official said.

China confiscates passports of Xinjiang people

  • Mon, 11/28/2016 - 17:56

Chinese authorities have begun confiscating passports from people in the western region of Xinjiang, which has seen regular unrest.

An elderly Muslim talks to a younger man outside a mosque before Friday prayers in Urumqi, capital of western China's Xinjiang region, May 23, 2014.

China asks Xinjiang residents to 'report' religious activities so it can 'assist' such practices

  • Wed, 11/23/2016 - 16:57

China has made it a requirement for residents of Xinjiang to "report" on any religious activities in the largely Muslim province where the beleaguered Uighurs live, Global Times reported today.

A peddler and beggar in front of a propaganda poster for the Silk Road Economic Belt in Urumqi, in China’s far western Xinjiang region. Image: Wade Shepard.

The Countries Building The New Silk Road -- And What They're Winning In The Process

  • Wed, 11/23/2016 - 16:46

When the Soviet Union fell the political and economic landscape of central Eurasia shattered into a melee of disconnected, dysfunctional shards as 14 new countries suddenly emerged in tandem with a pronounced political and economic vacuum. 

In China’s Xinjiang, Some Uyghurs are Forced Into a Sharecropper’s Life

  • Tue, 11/22/2016 - 20:38

With no jobs near home, the indigenous Turkic peoples have to abandon their children to work in the ‘bingtuan’ cotton fields.