China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death: report

Jun 5, 2014

China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death: report

China has sentenced nine people to death on terrorism-related charges in its ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang, state media said Thursday, as authorities crack down following several deadly attacks. Multiple courts in Xinjiang sentenced 81 suspects on various terror-related charges, state broadcaster CCTV ...

China fingers separatist group for Urumqi train station attack

May 18, 2014

China fingers separatist group for Urumqi train station attack

China on Sunday blamed a separatist militant group for carrying out a deadly attack at a train station in the western Xinjiang region last month, underscoring Beijing’s claims that the country faces a threat from an organized militancy with elements based overseas. China had ...

Mar 30, 2014

Muslims praise Yokohama site

More than 90 percent of Southeast Asian Muslims surveyed say the “restaurants,” “mosques” and “suggested itineraries” links on the Muslim Tourist Information website are useful, the Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau said Friday. The website, set up in December, provides information based on recommendations ...

Myanmar relents, says Doctors Without Borders can stay

Mar 2, 2014

Myanmar relents, says Doctors Without Borders can stay

A day after Doctors Without Borders announced its expulsion from Myanmar, the government backpedaled, saying the aid organization would be allowed to resume operations everywhere but Rakhine, a state plagued by bloody bouts of sectarian violence. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning group expressed grave concern ...

Tourism industry woos Asian Muslims

Nov 25, 2013

Tourism industry woos Asian Muslims

by Keisuke Iwata

Local-level authorities are stepping up efforts to attract Muslim tourists to their holiday spots as Japan becomes a prime destination for the growing middle-class population of Southeast Asia. Their efforts center on promoting local businesses’ understanding of the religion’s customs, including dietary habits and ...

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Nationalism, Tibetans and Uighurs in today's China

by Jeff Kingston

Nationalism arouses solidarity and generates identity politics that threaten ethnic and religious minorities. Defining the “we” also defines the “they” — and the latter is inexorably marginalized. Identity politics carry with them a high risk of sectarian or communal violence. State abuses of authority, ...

Abe hosts 'iftar' dinner party for Muslim nations

Aug 1, 2013

Abe hosts 'iftar' dinner party for Muslim nations

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted on Wednesday an “iftar” dinner party, inviting ambassadors and diplomats from around 40 Muslim countries to the prime minister’s office in Tokyo with the aim of deepening mutual understanding. In opening remarks at the dinner, Abe expressed a desire ...