22 APRIL 2017
Inside the shadowy world of Chinese militants fighting in Syria
Many do not speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organised, battled hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad’s forces
30 MARCH 2017
Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes law to curb ‘religious extremism’
China’s Xinjiang region passed a law on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s intensifying campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism in the Uygur homeland
18 MARCH 2017
What do Islamic State and Tibet have to do with China’s crackdown in Xinjiang?
The government has responded to the growing threat by bringing in new hardline security restrictions on Xinjiang (新疆) residents – restrictions some experts say have been imported from neighbouring Tibet by Chen Quanguo, Xinjiang’s Communist Party leader, who previously held the same office in Tibet
10 MARCH 2017
Xi urges ‘great wall of iron’ for Xinjiang’s stability
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that a « great wall of iron » to safeguard national unity, ethnic solidarity and social stability should be built in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
17 FEBRUARY 2017
Massive show of force staged in China’s Xinjiang region after terrorist Attack
Thousands of armed police and military vehicles have taken part in a parade in China’s restive Xinjiang region in a massive show of force two days after a deadly attack that authorities blamed on terrorists
20 JULY 2016
Beijing policies in Xinjiang driving Chinese Muslims to join ranks of Islamic State, says US think tank
Tough religious restrictions on Muslim minorities in the country’s far west may have driven more than 100 to join Islamic State (IS), a US think tank said on Wednesday
3 JUNE 2016
China angered by US questioning ‘anti-terrorism campaign’ in Muslim-majority Xinjiang
China asks the United States to respect the fight against what Beijing says are militants in the far western region of Xinjiang, after Washington expresses concern about the lack of transparency in China’s anti-terrorism campaign.
8 APRIL 2016
Xinjiang seals US$2b in deals with Pakistan firms
Companies from China’s far western region of Xinjiang signed deals worth about US$2 billion with Pakistan this week during a visit to Pakistan by Xinjiang’s top official, who sought to cement ties with an important security partner
22 JANUARY 2016
China Jails Xinjiang Rights Activist For 19 Years For Subversion, Spying
Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have jailed a Han Chinese rights activist for 19 years on subversion and spying charges after he openly criticized government policy in the troubled region.
3 JANUARY 2016
Role Of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region In Economic Security Of China – Analysis
The main question addressed in this article is why the economic development of Xinjiang is a priority for the Beijing government. How can we explain the fact that Beijing’s investment in Xinjiang is much higher than its investment in other regions populated by predominantly non- Han Chinese population?
3 DECEMBER 2015
Xinjiang violence: Does China have a terror problem?
Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in recent years and authorities have blamed there has been a spate of high-profile attacks outside the province
20 NOVEMBER 2015
Chinese police kill 28 members of « terrorist group » – state media reports
Chinese security forces have killed 28 people allegedly responsible for a deadly attack on a coal mine in Xinjiang, state media has said
23 JUNE 2015
China’s illusion of harmony
China’s recent crackdown on its Muslim minority population will deepen resentment and further radicalisation
25 MAY 2015
China busts 181 terror gangs in autonomous Xinjiang region in year-long crackdown
More than 92 percent of groups were raided while planning attacks and 112 suspects turned themselves into security services, according to an assessment of the security operation by Xinjiang’s regional Communist Party committee.
20 FEBRUARY 2015
Hacking, shooting incident leave 17 dead in Xinjiang’s Aksu prefecture
Seventeen people have reportedly been hacked, stabbed or shot to death in the latest episode of deadly violence to hit China’s far west.
23 JANUARY 2015
Arrests in China’s Xinjiang ‘nearly doubled in 2014’
More than 27,000 suspects were arrested, up by more than 95 per cent, in the far-western, predominantly Muslim area, according to reports
31 DECEMBER 2014
China promotes governor of troubled Xinjiang Nur Bekri to top energy post
China has promoted the ethnic Uighur governor of the troubled far western region of Xinjiang to the country’s top energy policy body, Chinese media reported on Wednesday, but left unclear who would replace him
11 DECEMBER 2014
China’s Urumqi bans Islamic veil, sparking rights concerns
The capital of China’s far western Xinjiang has banned the wearing of Islamic veils in public, the regional government said on Thursday, in a move experts worry could spark more unrest in the troubled region
9 DECEMBER 2014
China jails students of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti
Seven students of a prominent scholar from China’s Uighur minority have been convicted of separatism in a secret trial and given prison sentences of three to eight years, a lawyer said Tuesday.
8 DECEMBER 2014
China sentences eight to death for Xinjiang knife, bomb attacks
Eight people were sentenced to death for their roles in two knife and bomb attacks earlier this year in the violence-plagued western region of Xinjiang , state media reported
29 NOVEMBER 2014
Xinjiang attack leaves at least 15 dead
The official Xinhua news agency said the attack took place on Friday on a “food street” in Shache county, where state media said a series of attacks in July left 96 people dead, including 59 assailants.
11 NOVEMBER 2014
22 Sentenced to Prison in Ethnically Split Chinese Region of Xinjiang
The authorities in Xinjiang have imprisoned 22 people in a mass sentencing that included charges of rape, disturbing public order and “illegal preaching,” a state news media outlet reported on Tuesday.
27 OCTOBER 2014
China to streamline counter-terrorism intelligence gathering
China will set up a national anti-terrorism intelligence system, state media said on Monday, reporting changes to an anti-terror law expected to be passed this week in the wake of an upsurge in violence in the far western region of Xinjiang
13 OCTOBER 2014
China sentences 12 to death for south Xinjiang attacks
A court in China’s restive Xinjiang region has sentenced 12 people to death for attacks that left nearly 100 people dead in July.
25 SEPTEMBER 2014
40 ‘rioters’ killed in China’s Xinjiang: state media
Six civilians, two police officers and two auxiliary police were also killed in the attacks in Xinjiang’s Luntai county, with 54 civilians injured, according to Tianshan, the regional government news portal.
24 SEPTEMBER 2014
Interactive: China’s Uighur unrest
Ethnic violence has wracked China’s restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
23 SEPTEMBER 2014
China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life
A Chinese court has sentenced the country’s most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people to life in prison on separatism charges, his lawyer has said, in a case that has provoked an international outcry.
17 SEPTEMBER 2014
China begins trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti
Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on country’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism
10 SEPTEMBER 2014
Urumqi police to reward tip-offs on terrorism
Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, said on Tuesday they will reward informants who report events or individuals connected with activities related to terrorism and religious extremism.
29 AUGUST 2014
China Offers Cash For Marriage to Promote Assimilation in Xinjiang
Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have announced a slew of cash incentives for interracial marriages between members of ethnic minority groups and majority Han Chinese, local officials said
24 AUGUST 2014
China executes eight, including Tiananmen attackers
China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls « terrorist » attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua.
16 AUGUST 2014
China says it ‘rescues’ 82 children from Xinjiang religious schools
A sweep on illegal religious activity in the capital of China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang has resulted in 82 children being « rescued » from unlicensed Islamic schools and the seizure of religious clothing, a state-run newspaper said on Saturday
12 AUGUST 2014
China jails 25 more for terror crimes in Xinjiang
A court in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 more people to jail terms ranging from three years to life for terror-related offences, state media said on Tuesday, as the government clamps down on a surge in violence
6 AUGUST 2014
Chinese city bans Islamic beards, headwear and clothing on buses
Authorities in Karamay banned people wearing hijabs, niqabs, burqas or clothing with the Islamic star and crescent symbol from taking local buses, the Karamay Daily reported
4 AUGUST 2014
Xinjiang offers cash rewards for those hunting terrorists
Authorities in far west China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have announced that more than 300 million yuan (about $48 million) would be offered in cash rewards to those who helped hunt suspected terrorists
3 AUGUST 2014
Xinjiang unrest leaves nearly 100 dead, including 37 civilians, China says
Masked militants attacked civilians, police and officials last week in China’s far western region of Xinjiang leading to almost 100 deaths, the government said on Sunday, giving fresh details on one of the worst incidents of unrest in years
30 JULY 2014
Imam of China’s largest mosque killed in Xinjiang
Mr Tahir, who was from Xinjiang’s mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, was a vocal and public supporter of Chinese policies in the region
Chinese authorities tighten security in Xinjiang region after surge in violence
Security tightened drastically across China’s far western city of Kashgar on Wednesday, as Uighur exiles disputed official reports blaming terrorists for fatal violence that claimed dozens of lives in the same part of the Xinjiang region two days earlier
29 JULY 2014
China says dozens killed in Xinjiang attack
Dozens of people were killed and injured in an attack in China’s far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uyghur minority, state media has reported
11 JULY 2014
China jails 32 in Xinjiang on terror charges
Chinese courts in the far-western region of Xinjiang have sentenced 32 people to prison terms ranging from four years to life for terrorism-related charges
2 JULY 2014
China bans Xinjiang officials from observing Ramadan fast
Several government departments in China’s far western region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim staff from fasting during the month of Ramadan
30 JUNE 2014
China jails 113 in Xinjiang for terrorism
Chinese courts have sentenced 113 people to jail terms ranging from 10 years to life in mainly Uighur Muslim Xinjiang province for terrorism and other charges, according to a government-run news portal.
21 JUNE 2014
China Xinjiang: Police kill 13 attackers
Thirteen assailants have been killed in an attack on a police station in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang, officials say
16 JUNE 2014
Three sentenced to death for Tiananmen Square attack
Three people have been sentenced to death in connection with a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, state-run media said Monday.
China executes 13 for terror, violent crimes in Xinjiang
Chinese authorities executed 13 people on Monday for « terrorist attacks and violent crimes » in the violence-wracked northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said
5 JUNE 2014
China sentences nine to death in Xinjiang
Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region have sentenced nine people to death for « violent terrorism » crimes, state media reported, as part of a nation-wide crackdown on alleged separatist groups
31 MAY 2014
China indicts eight over 2013 Tiananmen Gate attack
China has indicted eight people on terrorism charges in connection with an attack on Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Gate last year that killed two tourists and three assailants, the government said Saturday
30 MAY 2014
China’s president pledges more cash to Xinjiang to defuse ethnic tensions
China’s president has promised to raise incomes and education spending in the country’s restive Muslim north-west in an effort to defuse rising ethnic tensions while calling for tougher security, following an attack in the region’s capital that killed dozens of people
29 MAY 2014
Should China Fear Islamic Insurgency?
Xi Jinping may well be able to solve the violence in Xinjiang, but Beijing will need to change course
28 MAY 2014
China sentences 55 in mass stadium trial
At least one person has been sentenced to death and 54 others found guilty following a mass trial in China’s restive Xinjiang province for a wide range of crimes including terrorism, separatism and murder, state media has reported.
26 MAY 2014
China detains more than 200 suspected separatists in Xinjiang, state media says
Police in China’s troubled north-west region of Xinjiang have broken up 23 terror or extremist groups and detained more than 200 suspected militants in the last month, state media has reported.
23 MAY 2014
Xinjiang attack marks dramatic shift in militant tactics
The bombing of a civilian market in Xinjiang represents a shift in tactics by militants towards more spectacular attacks, analysts say, to invite a disproportionate response by China and so radicalise the Muslim Uighur homeland
22 MAY 2014
Urumqi attack kills 31 in China’s Xinjiang region
Attackers in China’s restive Xinjiang region have crashed two cars into shoppers at a market, killing 31 people, Chinese media reports say
13 MAY 2014
Over 100 Detained After Xinjiang Police Open Fire on Protesters
Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region detained more than 100 ethnic minority Uyghurs who took part in mass protests this week against the detention of women and middle school girls for wearing headscarves, as local officials confirmed that at least two protesters have been shot dead
12 MAY 2014
More than 200 held in China terror video crackdown
Police in China’s Xinjiang region, home to mainly Muslim Uighurs, have arrested more than 200 people over six weeks for « dissemination of violent or terrorist videos », state media said Monday, amid a wave of train station attacks.
4 MAY 2014
Xinjiang police issue order to detain family members of Urumqi bomb suspect
Xinjiang police are looking for 10 family members of an alleged assailant killed in Wednesday’s deadly bomb and knife attack in Urumqi
1 MAY 2014
Xinjiang station attack: President Xi Jinping urges action
China’s president has urged « decisive actions » against « terrorist attacks » in Xinjiang after a deadly blast at a railway station, state media say
30 APRIL 2014
Explosion in China railway during presidential visit leaves dozens injured
At least 50 people were injured when an explosion rocked a train station in Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang province, on the final day of a presidential visit designed to promote Beijing’s war on terrorism
27 MARCH 2014
The Kunming Attack and China’s Uighur Politics
In the wake of the Kunming attack, experts expect the Chinese government to crack down hard on Uighurs and anyone sympathetic to them
13 MARCH 2014
More than 200 Asylum-Seeking Uyghurs Detained in Thailand
More than 200 Uyghurs fleeing ethnic tension in China’s restive northwestern Xinjiang region have been detained in Thailand and face deportation back home where they could be punished, according to some of their relatives
11 MARCH 2014
On March 2, 2014, a train station in Kunming witnessed a horrific slashing attack by black-clad Uighurs wielding large knives and machetes. The attack left 29 dead and 143 wounded.At least 9 Uighurs,members of the East Turkestan [separatists] Islamic Movement (ETIM), which have committed more than 200 terrorist attacks over the past 12 months, were identified as the attackers.
4 MARCH 2014
Exiled Uighur leader urges Beijing not to demonise group… and Xi Jinping says the same
An exiled Uighur rights leader Tuesday urged China against « demonising » the ethnic group after a deadly attack for which officials have blamed separatists from the western region of Xinjiang.
3 MARCH 2014
China Captures Remaining Suspects in Train Station Attack
China says it has captured the final three suspects in the stabbing rampage at a train station that killed 29 people and injured 143 others. Citing the Ministry for Public Security Monday, the official Xinhua news agency says the suspects who carried out the attack are part of a terrorist gang led by Abdurehim Kurban.
2 MARCH 2014
Xinjiang separatists behind deadly China rail attack: Xinhua
More than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at a train station in southern China, drawing police fire, in what authorities called a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists based in the far west, state media said Sunday. Thirty-three people were killed and 130 wounded http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/03/02/401858/China-blames.htm http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/02/world/asia/china-railway-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
27 FEBRUARY 2014
Chinese Lawyer Denied Meeting with Jailed Uighur Client
A lawyer for jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti says he has been denied access to his client in China’s western Xinjiang province.
US ambassador to China expresses concern about political activists’ rights
The outgoing US ambassador to China urged Beijing on Thursday to respect the rights of peaceful political activists. He said that Washington was deeply concerned about the fate of minority scholar Ilham Tohti, who has been charged with separatism.
26 FEBRUARY 2014
China condemned for charging Uighur academic Ilham Tohti with separatism
Rights groups have condemned China for charging a prominent Uighur critic of government policy towards his mostly Muslim minority with inciting separatism – a crime that can carry the death penalty
14 FEBRUARY 2014
Chinese police shoot dead ‘terrorists’ in Xinjiang, says state media
Eight terrorists were killed by police and three others by their own suicide devices during a terrorist attack Friday afternoon in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, police said.
25 JANUARY 2014
Fresh clashes kill 12 in China’s Xinjiang region
Six people have died in explosions and another six have been shot dead by police in fresh violence in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang, home to the ethnic minority Uighurs, state media reported.
19 JANUARY 2014
China’s media accuse Uighur scholar of separatism
A state-run newspaper in China accused a recently detained Uighur scholar and government critic of splitting ethnic unity in a Saturday editorial, while his lawyer said he has received no official word about the academic
17 JANUARY 2014
Xinjiang steps up fight against religious extremists in China
China’s north-western area of Xinjiang will double its anti-terrorism budget in the coming year, state media have reported, raising concerns of an increased wave of repression in the ethnically divided region.
15 JANUARY 2014
Uighur scholar and mother seized by Chinese police, says website
Ilham Tohti, a critic of state policies in Xinjiang region, taken from home, overseas-hosted site reports, citing phone call from wife”
30 DECEMBER 2013
Eight Killed in Attack on Chinese Police Station
Police in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang say eight attackers were shot dead during in assault on a police station, raising the death toll from violent clashes in the province to at least 35 since November.
17 DECEMBER 2013
Chinese police arrest suspects after Kashgar violence
Chinese police have arrested six suspects in the ethnically divided western region Xinjiang after an outbreak of violence this weekend left 16 people dead, including a number of police officers
15 DECEMBER 2013
Two police among at least 16 dead after armed clashes in Xinjiang, China: report
Armed clashes between « thugs » carrying explosives and machetes and police left at 16 people dead in China’s Xinjiang province late Sunday, including two officers, state media reported.
26 NOVEMBER 2013
Xinjiang university students must have political views approved
University students in Xinjiang will not graduate unless their political views are approved, a university official has said, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism.
16 NOVEMBER 2013
Deaths in assault on China police station
An assault on a police station in the northwestern region of Xinjiang has left eleven dead, according to the local government, in the latest of a series of attacks pointing to growing unrest in the area.
7 NOVEMBER 2013
China’s Account of Tiananmen Square Crash Questioned
Analysts are questioning China’s claim that last week’s deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square was the work of an al-Qaida-linked separatist group fighting in northwest China.
3 NOVEMBER 2013
China’s Military Chief in Xinjiang Dismissed Following Tiananmen Incident
General Peng Yong, who was named commander of the Xinjiang military region in July 2011, was dismissed from his post as a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party of Xinjiang, the Xinjiang Daily said in a terse dispatch.
1 NOVEMBER 2013
Post-Tiananmen China crackdown ‘will fuel Xinjiang unrest’
Festering discontent with China’s governance of Xinjiang is on the rise and Beijing is intent on clamping down, analysts say, in a vicious cycle that will only spin faster after a fatal attack in Tiananmen Square.
30 OCTOBER 2013
Five arrested in Tiananmen Square incident, deemed a terrorist attack
Five suspects have been detained in Monday’s deadly crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which has been identified as a terrorist attack, Beijing police said Wednesday.
29 OCTOBER 2013
China investigating Uighur suspects in Tiananmen Square blaze
Police are scouring Beijing for two suspects from the restive region of Xinjiang after an attack at Tiananmen Square left five dead
14 OCTOBER 2013
Five Uyghurs Killed in Third Straight Week of Fatal Shootings in Xinjiang County
Chinese security forces shot dead five ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs in the third consecutive week of fatal shootings in a restive county in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, an exile Uyghur group said Monday, accusing the authorities of a « cover-up »
8 OCTOBER 2013
China arrests 110 in Xinjiang for spreading online rumours
Nearly 400 people in China’s north-western Xinjiang region have been investigated for spreading online rumours, state media report.
3 OCTOBER 2013
100 Uyghurs Rounded Up in Police Hunt in Yunnan
Authorities have rounded up some 100 ethnic minority Uyghurs in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan in recent weeks amid a hunt for suspects fleeing to the Lao border following a deadly clash, according to local sources and police.
12 SEPTEMBER 2013
Xinjiang attack: China sentences three to death
A Chinese court has sentenced three men to death over violence in Xinjiang that left 35 people dead, state media say.
25 AUGUST 2013
At Least 15 Uyghurs Killed in Police Shootout in Xinjiang
Chinese authorities have shot dead at least 15 ethnic Uyghurs in a desert area in Xinjiang, accusing them of terrorism and illegal religious activity, in the latest violence to rock the troubled northwestern region of China, according to police sources. They were among a group of more than 20 Uyghurs surrounded and fired upon by police in a lightning raid last week in the Yilkiqi township in Kargilik (in Chinese, Yecheng) county in Kashgar prefecture
15 AUGUST 2013
Hundreds of Uyghurs Held After Violence Over Prayer Restrictions
A week after police opened fire and suppressed protests by ethnic minority Muslim Uygurs in a village in the restive Xinjiang region, the crowd at the local mosque has plummeted by 70 percent, residents say, suggesting that a silent crackdown is underway. The hundreds of Uyghurs missing from the prayers at the mosque in No. 16 Village of Aykol town in Aksu prefecture have most likely been detained after the deadly violence on Aug. 7 on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, according to the residents.
10 AUGUST 2013
Three Uyghurs Shot Dead, 20 Injured in Eid Eve Clashes
At least three ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs were killed and 20 others injured in clashes in China’s troubled Xinjiang region when security forces opened fire at a crowd trying to stop police from arresting suspects outside a mosque on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr festival. The incident occurred on Wednesday 7 night as Uyghurs in the region’s Aksu prefecture were preparing for prayers ahead of the Eid marking the end of Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan.
31 JULY 2013
Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Under House Arrest
Uyghur scholar and activist Ilham Tohti said Wednesday that he has been placed under house arrest for the fourth time this year, possibly to prevent him from speaking out as representatives from the U.S. and China wrapped up an annual dialogue on human rights.The university professor is an outspoken critic of the government’s treatment of Uyghurs, whose homeland is in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region and who complain of discrimination by the authorities and the country’s majority Han Chinese.
29 JULY 2013
Hundreds of Uyghurs Detained Over Deadly Attack on Chinese Dam Workers
Chinese authorities have detained for questioning hundreds of ethnic minority Uyghurs and are hot on the trail of two key suspects in connection with a fatal knife attack on Han Chinese workers building a dam in the restive Xinjiang region, according to local officials and residents
22 JULY 2013
Uyghur Student Detained at Beijing Airport
A Uyghur ethnic minority student who once worked as a volunteer for a website of outspoken Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti has been detained by police at the Beijing airport as he was preparing to fly to Turkey to continue his studies, his friend said Monday.
19 JULY 2013
Uighur Unrest in Xinjiang Has Nothing to Do With “Terrorists”
Xinjiang, China’s largest and westernmost province, is home to over eight million Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Muslim ethnic minority. The Uighurs have lived uneasily alongside China’s Han majority for centuries, ever since the Qing dynasty seized control over Xinjiang—which lies above Tibet and shares borders with many Central Asian countries—in the 1700s. There are now just slightly more Uighurs in the province than Han Chinese, who have migrated en masse to Xinjiang in recent decades.
15 JULY 2013
China claims Uyghurs trained in Syria
The Chinese government has claimed since 2012 that Uyghur militants from Xinjiang are fighting with the rebels in Syria against the government of Bashar al-Assad. On July 1, China said that a Uyghur militant who studied in Istanbul and fought with the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo had returned to Xinjiang and was arrested while planning to carry out « violent attacks » in China. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-150713.html
5 JULY 2013
Uyghurs Prevented From Mourning Deaths in Urumqi Riots
Authorities in China’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have prevented families of Uyghurs who perished in the July 5, 2009 riots from entering the capital Urumqi to mourn their loss as Beijing marked the fourth anniversary of ethnic violence by staging military « anti-terrorism » exercises. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/prevented-07052013145108.html
2 JULY 2013
China Tightens Security in Xinjiang Ahead of Anniversary
Chinese authorities are ramping up security and offering rewards to informers in the predominantly Muslim Xinjiang region, in response to a wave of deadly incidents that killed at least 35 people last week http://www.voanews.com/content/china-tightens-security-in-xinjiang-ahead-of-anniversary/1693463.html
1 JULY 2013
China ramps up security in Xinjiang after unrest
In a show of force after unrest last week that left 35 people dead, Chinese authorities have ramped up security in the far-western region of Xinjiang. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/01/world/asia/china-xinjiang-violence/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/violence-06302013201357.html
29 JUNE 2013
‘Terrorists’ attack police station in restive Chinese province
More than one hundred knife-wielding “terrorists” were repelled after attacking a police station in the volatile Chinese province of Xinjiang, state media claimed on Saturday. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/10149884/Terrorists-attack-police-station-in-restive-Chinese-province.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/?p=139005
26 JUNE 2013
Xinjiang, police open fire on crowd: 27 victims
In the remote western province, hotbed of ethnic clashes between Han and Uyghurs, tension continues unabated. A group of people assault police station and officers, who open fire at point blank range to repel them. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xinjiang,-police-open-fire-on-crowd:-27-victims-28302.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/2013626522162718.html
20 JUNE 2013
China jails 11 in Xinjiang for religious hatred
China has jailed 11 people for crimes of ethnic and religious hatred in the far western region of Xinjiang. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22982398
18 JUNE 2013
Petrol stations in China’s troubled western region of Xinjiang have displayed notices in recent days calling on Muslim women to remove their veils if they wish to be served, residents said
The notices were mostly evident in the predominantly Uyghur-populated Hotan and Kashgar prefectures in southern Xinjiang, according to residents interviewed by RFA’s Uyghur Service. « They are targeting women who wear veils or headscarves, whether they are young or old, on the grounds that it is supposed to have some connection to terrorism, » a resident of Hotan, who declined to be named, told http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/petrol-06182013153821.html
13 JUNE 2013
Chinese Controls on Uyghur Students Ahead of Ramadan
Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang are forcing Muslim Uyghur students returning there for the summer vacation to attend « political study classes, » ahead of a sensitive anniversary of ethnic violence and the holy month of Ramadan http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/students-06132013105142.html
6 JUNE 2013
Nowhere to turn for China’s Uyghurs
For years, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in China’s arid northwest has been the setting of clashes with the central government and ethnic violence between Muslim Uyghurs and Han Chinese. In fact, critics say the government has used anti-terrorism legislation and other means to justify major violations of the human rights of Uyghur people, a Turkic-speaking minority group. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-060613.html
3 MAY 2013
China Says No Foreign Link in Xinjiang Violence
Investigators found no foreign links to extremist violence in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region last week in which 25 people died, state media said Thursday, diverging from past claims that attacks there are orchestrated overseas. http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2013/05/03/china-says-no-foreign-link-in-xinjiang-violence/
2 MAY 2013
China Registering the Religious in Xinjiang
Authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have begun keeping registers of religious believers, in a fresh move that appears targeted at the region’s population of 9 milllion mostly Muslim Uyghurs, many of whom chafe under Chinese rule. Photos of such a register from the offices of the Bulaqsu township government near Kashgar city were circulated online this week, showing the assignment of various categories to those on the register, including « strongly religious but holds no religious office, » « woman who wears a veil, » and « person studying the Quran. » http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/registration-05022013112851.html
24 APRIL 2013
Violence in western Chinese region of Xinjiang kills 21
Clashes in the unsettled western Chinese region of Xinjiang killed 21 people, including police officers and local officials, authorities said Wednesday. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/24/world/asia/china-xinjiang-violence/index.html?hpt=ias_c http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22276042 http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/24/china-blames-terrorist-for-deadly-clashes-in-troubled-xinjiang/
27 MARCH 2013
China Sentences 20 in Restive Region
12 MARCH 2013
Xinjiang Placed on Red Alert After Violence
Security has been tightened in China’s troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after reports of violence in the central and southern parts of the region, sources said http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/security-03122013193141.html
4 FEBRUARY 2013
Malaysia Hit for Deporting Uyghurs
This is the second time the country has repatriated Uyghurs to China despite concerns their human rights are at risk. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/deport-02042013020002.html
1 FEBRUARY 2013
Uyghur Scholar, Daughter Held
Chinese authorities detain a prominent Uyghur professor as he is about to leave for the United States. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-02012013225438.html http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-uighur-activist-held-at-chinese-airport-20130202,0,1955165.story?track=rss http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-02022013125856.html
4 JANUARY 2013
Answers Demanded After Reports Uyghur Poet Nurmemet Yasin Died in Prison
Prominent Uyghur writer Nurmemet Yasin has reportedly died inside a Chinese prison. Activists are urging Chinese authorities to clarify the situation. http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-01-04/answers-demanded-after-reports-uyghur-poet-nurmemet-yasin-died-in-prison.html
2 AUGUST 2012
Xinjiang: China jails 20 for terrorism and separatism
The charges included making explosive devices, promoting religious extremism and plotting « holy war ».
1 AUGUST 2012
China curbs Ramadan fasting in Xinjiang
Chinese authorities in the northwestern province of Xinjiang have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during the month of Ramadan, prompting an exiled rights group to warn of new violence.
5 JULY 2012
Xinjiang After July 5th
It has been three years since a peaceful demonstration turned deadly rocked the city of Urumqi and drew the world’s attention to China’s restive region of Xinjiang. After months of media blackout, China has claimed that the region is calm and Uyghurs live harmoniously alongside their Chinese neighbors. However, tensions persist and the 2009 events are far from forgotten.
29 JUNE 2012
Chinese plane in Xinjiang hijack attempt
Chinese state media said six people on board Tianjin Airlines flight GS7554 from Hotan to Urumqi had tried to “violently” take over the plane ten minutes after take-off.
22 JUNE 2012
Uyghur Petitioners Beaten
A group of Uyghur petitioners from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region have faced beatings and harassment by police since bringing their grievances over ethnic discrimination to central authorities in Beijing.
6 JUNE 2006
Blast at Xinjiang school injures 17, say China media
Chinese state media says 17 people, including 12 children, have been hurt in an explosion at a religious school in the restive Xinjiang province. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18349613 http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/713522/Kids-rescued-from-illegal-Xinjiang-Koran-camp.aspx
30 MAY 2012
Exile Uyghur Leader’s Children Pressured
Officials in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region have forced exile Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer’s son to give up the family’s property, an overseas rights group said Wednesday, as Beijing increases the pressure on the activist’s family
27 MARCH 2012
China violence: Death penalty for Xinjiang attack
A court in China has sentenced an ethnic Uighur to death over a deadly attack in western Xinjiang last month
15 FEBRUARY 2012
China launches propaganda drive against « extremism » in far west
China launched a propaganda campaign against illegal religious activities and ‘religious extremism’ in the restive far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, state media said http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1691268.php/China-launches-propaganda-drive-against-extremism-in-far-west
30 JANUARY 2012
Village police to fight « extremism » in China’s far west
China plans to send an extra 8,000 police officers to fight religious extremism, separatism and terrorism in every village in the restive, far western region of Xinjiang, the government said on Monday 30
27 JANUARY 2012
Two Uighurs Given Life Sentences
In China, two Uighurs were given life sentences, according to a Radio Free Asia report on Friday. They were part of a group of 21 Uighurs deported from Cambodia, where they were seeking asylum. Many of the other deportees were given sentences from 16-20 years, with unclear charges given in less-than-transparent trials. Conflicts often occur between Uighurs, the Turkic-speaking Muslims native to the Xinjiang region, and Han Chinese. Ahead of a change in leadership later this year, the Chinese communist regime is responding to dissent with increasing severity
8 JANUARY 2012
Invisible walls in Xinjiang
The tree that bleeds: a Uighur town on the edge by Nick Holdstock
If the name Yining means anything at all to the outside world, it means inter-ethnic strife. This remote city in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang was rocked in 1997 by riots, officially said to have been fomented by drug addicts, thieves and other « social garbage », but viewed by the outside world as the result of Chinese repression of Uyghur and other ethnic groups who are being increasingly outnumbered by Han Chinese
29 DECEMBER 2011
China kills seven ‘kidnappers’ in restive Uighur region
Chinese authorities said Thursday that police killed seven members of a “terrorist group” in a hostage-rescue operation in the restive Xinjiang region, but an exile group of Uighurs said the violence occurred after a protest by the ethnic minority
8 SEPTEMBER 2011
Militant Group Claims Attacks in Western China
An Islamic group said to be tied to Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility in an online video for recent violent attacks that killed dozens in China’s western Xinjiang region, according to an American organization that tracks militant activity
31 JULY 2011
‘Eruption of violence’ in China’s Xinjiang
Knife-wielding attackers killed 10 people in China’s Xinjiang region and another four were shot dead by police as a wave of violence swept the ethnically-torn area, officials said on Sunday
21 JULY 2011
Rebiya Kadeer: Chinese government real terrorist
The exiled Uyghur leader sees through Beijing’s charges of terrorism in Hotan clashes two days ago and demands China cease arbitrary arrests and torture. Meanwhile, Uyghur sources speak of at least 20 dead and 70 arrested
20 JULY 2011
Deaths in China ethnic violence
Chinese police have said 14 « rioters » were among 18 people killed in a clash at a police station in the ethnically tense northwestern region of Xinjiang, a government website has reported
5 JULY 2011
Two years after riots broke out in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in China and the atmosphere is still tense there
Xinjiang is home to the Uighur ethnic minority. On July 5th, 2009 Chinese security forces suppressed Uighur demonstrations in the capital of Urumqi. The Uighurs were calling for justice for factory workers killed in a fight with Han Chinese that June. The situation quickly turned into full-scale ethnic riots
24 DECEMBER 2010
Editor Said to Get Life Sentence for Uighur Reports
An ethnic Uighur journalist working for state radio has been sentenced to life in prison on charges that he spread subversive information around the time of deadly rioting in the western region of Xinjiang last year, a Uighur exile group said Friday
5 JULY 2010
Uighur resentment at Beijing’s rule
Its root cause is ethnic tension between the Turkic Muslim Uighurs and the Han Chinese. It can be traced back for decades, and even to the conquest of what is now called Xinjiang by the Manchu Qing dynasty in the 18th Century
28 MAY 2010
China Announces Development Plan for Restive Region
The new leader of the restive region of Xinjiang in western China has announced a series of economic measures to bolster confidence in the regional government, which was widely criticized by ordinary citizens after deadly ethnic rioting there last summer
24 APRIL 2010
‘Xinjiang King’ removed
The removal of unpopular party boss Wang Lequan came after months of speculation that his unusually long 15-year reign was coming to an end, following rare calls from thousands of Han Chinese protestors last September for his head to roll. Mr Wang, 65, was replaced by Hunan provincial party boss Zhang Chunxian
Xinjiang, July 2009 unrest
How that started: the killing of two Uighurs workers in a toy factory in Guangdong on June 26
5 JULY 2009
Violence in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang has left at least 156 people dead and more than 800 people injured, state media say. Several hundred people have also been arrested after the violence erupted in the city of Urumqi on Sunday 5 July
Fresh protests follow Uyghur crackdown
Hu Jintao cancels G8 meeting
Urumqi is « under control » thanks to soldiers, the death penalty and publicity
Order maintained by 20 thousand soldiers. Death penalty for those who have killed, undermining coexistence between Han and Uyghurs. Campaign against « plots » of Rebiya Kadeer, accused of terrorism. Turkey will bring the issue of the Uyghurs before the UN Security Council. The fear in Beijing is that the ethnic problem melds with other situations of discontent and crises in the country
11 JULY 2009
Death toll in China ethnic unrest rises to 184
At least 184 people died in last weekend’s violent protests in China’s far-west Xinjiang region, state-run media reported
Most Xinjiang dead Han Chinese
Of 184 people known to have died, 137 were Han Chinese, 46 were from the indigenous Uighur community and one was an ethnic Hui, local
Police shot dead two knife-wielding Muslim Uighurs in China’s restive Urumqi city as violence flared again despite a massive security crackdown
The Xinjiang problem , a 84 p. study by Graham Fuller and Frederick Starr
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