January 2017

The road to the Kazakh border in Horgos. This is a part of the Western Europe-Western China Expressway, which goes from Lianyungang on the coast of China to St. Petersburg, Russia, and is a vital road corridor of the New Silk Road. Image: Wade Shepard.

Horgos: The First New City Of The New Silk Road Emerges As A Robot Manufacturing Hub

  • Tue, 01/10/2017 - 18:46

In the spring of 2015 I found myself walking through the streets of Horgos, a place on the Chinese side of the China/ Kazakhstan border that has recently reemerged as the first new city of the New Silk Road. 

'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.

For centuries, Uyghurs have journeyed between the different Muslim shrines dotting the Taklamakan Desert, such as this one. Now, the Chinese state has forcibly closed many of them.

Silent Prayer - The Chinese state’s siege on Uyghur ways of worship

  • Thu, 01/05/2017 - 19:06

The tomb of the Muslim saint Imam Asim lies in China’s Taklamakan Desert, at the end of a long walkway lined with poplar trees.

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.

Former chief secretary of the Hong Kong Civil Service, Dame Anson Chan.  Photo: Steven Siewert

The folly of an Australian-China extradition treaty

  • Wed, 01/04/2017 - 18:19

Dame Anson Chan was the chief secretary of the Hong Kong Civil Service under both British and Chinese authorities. She remains an experienced and knowledgeable observer of mainland politics.

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