China targets ordinary Uighurs with beards, burkas

Aug 25, 2014

China targets ordinary Uighurs with beards, burkas

by gillian Wong

Outside a mosque in China’s restive west, a government-appointed Muslim cleric was dodging a foreign reporter’s question about why young men of the Uighur ethnic minority don’t have beards when one such youth interrupted. “Why don’t you just tell them the truth?” he shouted ...

China executes eight for 'terrorist' attacks in Xinjiang

Aug 24, 2014

China executes eight for 'terrorist' attacks in Xinjiang

China has executed eight people for “terrorist” attacks in its restive far western region of Xinjiang, including three who “masterminded” a dramatic car crash in the capital’s Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media said. Xinjiang is the traditional home of Muslim Uighurs who speak ...

Authorities shut down Beijing Independent Film Festival

Aug 24, 2014

Authorities shut down Beijing Independent Film Festival

Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening Saturday, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls. Li Xianting, a film critic and founder of ...

Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' after son busted for drugs

Aug 21, 2014

Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' after son busted for drugs

Kung-fu movie star Jackie Chan offered the public a “deep bow of apology” after his son, actor, singer and socialite Jaycee, was arrested in Beijing for drug use. Jackie Chan, 60, served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, ...

Aug 21, 2014

Japan logs record 1.27 million foreign visitors in July

About 1.27 million foreigners came to Japan in July, surging 26.6 percent from a year ago and the highest figure ever for a single month, government data show. The 7.53 million visitors received in the first seven months of the year also constitute a ...