Sep 30, 2014

China's sentencing of a critic

lham Tohti, a moderate Uighur scholar who advocated for the rights of Muslim Uighurs, was sentenced to life in prison last week. Chinese leaders don't seem to realize that such severity will only deepen the resentment of separatists.

Aug 19, 2014

China punishes Xinjiang official for openly practicing faith

China has reprimanded 15 Xinjiang officials for violations that include adhering to religious faith, state media said on Tuesday, amid a crackdown on what the government calls illegal religious activities in the unruly western region. Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people who speak ...

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 offers leniency to suspects after Xinjiang bombing

May 25, 2014

China offers leniency to suspects after Xinjiang bombing

Authorities called Sunday for anyone involved in terrorist activities in China’s restive northwest to turn themselves in and promised leniency following a bombing that killed dozens of people. The announcement came on the heels of a security crackdown launched over the weekend in response ...

Five suicide bombers involved in latest Urumqi attack: state media

May 23, 2014

Five suicide bombers involved in latest Urumqi attack: state media

Five suicide bombers carried out the attack that killed 31 people in the capital of China’s troubled Xinjiang region, state media reported a day after the deadliest terrorist attack to date in the region. The incident, which occurred in Urumqi on Thursday morning, was ...

Marketplace bombing kills 31 in China's volatile Xinjiang again

May 22, 2014

Marketplace bombing kills 31 in China's volatile Xinjiang again

Assailants in two SUVs plowed through shoppers while setting off explosives at a busy street market in China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, killing 31 people and injuring more than 90, local officials said. The attack in the city of Urumqi was ...

| Nov 16, 2013

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, ...

Oct 31, 2013

Ethnic unrest in China

The fiery suicide vehicle crash in Tiananmen Square underscores minorities' demands for greater autonomy in China as well as the terror problem for Beijing, despite a growing national economy.

Apr 25, 2013

Violence in Uighur area leaves 21 dead

Twenty-one people, including police officers and social workers, were killed in violent clashes in China’s ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang, a local official said Wednesday. “Twenty-one persons were killed in all . . . including social workers and policemen,” an official surnamed Cao ...