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  1. Rotating Xinjiang guard heralds a change in style

    Posted Apr 25th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... iron-fisted rule over the restive region, and for his fiery rhetoric. After deadly riots in the region's capital, Urumqi, in July, in which most of those killed were Han Chinese, he appeared ... in July last year, when Han residents in Urumqi publicly showed their anger at the authorities' failure to put down Uygur violence. In contrast to his predecessor, Zhang, 57, is known for his ...

  2. Handouts for families of 'innocent' victims

    Posted Jul 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok and Choi Chi-Yuk in Urumqi and Al Guo The Xinjiang government yesterday started handing out money to families who lost members in the ethnic clashes in Urumqi- a move ... and providing Urumqi officials with a less hostile environment in which to deal with the aftermath,' said Zhang Dajun, a Beijing-based political commentator. It could also help those who lost ...

  3. Crackdown ahead of anniversary of riots

    Posted Jun 19th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok A month-long 'strike-hard' campaign has been launched in Urumqi to crack down on crime as authorities in the regional capital of Xinjiang gear up ahead of the first ... anniversary on July 5 looms. Without specifically referring to the rioting, which claimed almost 200 lives in Urumqi, police said at a meeting on Thursday that the campaign intended to 'severely ...

  4. Urumqi police tell residents to beware of syringe attacks

    Posted Sep 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok and Choi Chi-yuk Xinjiang police have sent a text message to Urumqi residents warning them to watch out for syringe attacks. The message was sent out several days ago ... the city, where they were due to take part in the Urumqi Fair, being staged from Tuesday to Saturday. Police refused to say with what the needles were contaminated and whether there had been any ...

  5. Tens of thousands of cancelled trips big blow to summer tourist season

    Posted Jul 10th 2009, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Guangzhou and Kristine Kwok in Urumqi Tourism, a pillar of Xinjiang's economy, has been hard hit by the ethnic strife in Urumqi . Industry experts said summer ... this year. 'We usually have more than 100 people signed up for Xinjiang tours every day in the summer months,' Mr Zeng said. In Urumqi, Duan Shengjun at the Yinhua Hotel said more than half ...

  6. Security Bureau urges HK tourists in Xinjiang capital to remain alert

    Posted Jul 07th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong and Phyllis Tsang Hong Kong travellers in Urumqi have been urged to stay alert for their safety. At least 130 people from Hong Kong are touring Xinjiang, with about 30 in Urumqi when a riot unfolded yesterday. The 30 tourists, travelling in groups from Hong Thai Travel Services and Wing On Travel, were safe, the two agencies said. Travellers on eight package tours ...

  7. Tragedy that forever binds Uygur mountain guide to Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Aishan spoke to Ng Tze-wei Aishan, a Uygur mountain guide in Urumqi, has led many tourists into the beautiful mountains of Xinjiang over the past 10 years. The 35-year-old had his first ... to Urumqi when I attended primary school. Living in a city did not stop me from venturing into the wild. I organised the first camping with two Han classmates when I was 11. It was all very ...

  8. Beijing sets out 10-year strategy to end poverty in Xinjiang

    Posted May 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Beijing set out a plan yesterday to revive the far western region of Xinjiang in the hope that an economic boom will end incessant ethnic strife and begin a new round of development in the remote backwater. At a conference chaired by Preside ...

  9. In Brief

    Posted Sep 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... non-proliferation and disarmament summit of the UN Security Council. Al Guo Urumqi students back at school All primary and secondary schools in Urumqi, Xinjiang, resumed classes yesterday after a 10-day ...

  10. Sensitive touch needed to soothe ethnic tensions

    Posted Sep 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The sacking of Urumqi's Communist Party Secretary Li Zhi yesterday, a rare move in response to public protests, reflects the gravity of the situation facing the central government ... and to show them that their grievances are being taken seriously. Security forces have shut down Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital, and arrested journalists. At least three reporters from Hong Kong were ...




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