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    Reform-minded Zhang Chunxian takes tough line on Xinjiang violence

    Posted Sep 24th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chichuk.choi@scmp.com Zhang Chunxian is one of the mainland's more reformist officials, but he takes a ruthless line in dealing with dissent The fixer of Xinjiang ... make 59-year-old Zhang, who now serves as the party boss in the vast western Xinjiang autonomous region, a popular choice for promotion to the powerful 25-seat Politburo after the upcoming ...

  2. Media savvy softens Xinjiang secretary's hardline stance

    Posted Mar 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Choi Chi-yuk Chiyuk.choi@scmp.com Xinjiang Communist Party secretary Zhang Chunxian has a few tricks he uses when dealing with the media, and his methods have seemingly freed him from ... come to an end, Zhang asked whether the cameraman was OK and said he could ask another question, which the cameraman declined. The cameraman later said members of the Xinjiang delegation helped ...

  3. Paramilitary leader warns of instability in Xinjiang

    Posted Jan 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Keith Zhai keith.zhai@scmp.com A top official of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC)- a paramilitary organisation set up to consolidate Communist Party control and guard ... on Thursday after a series of terrorist attacks in Xinjiang in past months. He also warned that there was increasing risk of religious extremists infiltrating the paramilitary group mainly dominated ...

  4. Wen, Erdogan focus on trade, N-plants

    Posted Apr 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Xi Jinping- came despite the two countries' differences over the deadly crackdown in Syria and over Beijing's handling of Uygurs in the restive Xinjiang autonomous region. Sino-Turkish ties were plagued in 2009 after violence erupted in Xinjiang, as the Uygurs there share linguistic and religious links with Turks. Erdogan described Beijing's handling of the riots ...

  5. Xinjiang chief vows to bring home street kids

    Posted Apr 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan Xinjiang party chief Zhang Chunxian promised to bring Xinjiang children living as vagrants in other provinces back home, a move analysts said may help ease ethnic tension- ... shelters for their protection and would receive free schooling and vocational training, he said. A 50 million yuan (HK$59.58 million) training centre is planned, Xinjiang's relief office said. ...

  6. Xinjiang's dovish leader shows his claws

    Posted May 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Choi Chi-yuk Xinjiang's new party secretary has stressed the need to safeguard regional stability and fight separatism in hardline remarks that contrast with his image as an open-minded moderate. Zhang Chunxian has held a series of meetings with representatives from the Xinjiang Regional Military Area, Regional Armed Police Force, the Production and Construction Corps ...

  7. Furore brewing over Xinjiang beatings

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

    ... Staff reporters Lawmakers in Hong Kong have demanded an investigation into the beating of three Hong Kong journalists on the mainland. The journalists were covering the unrest in Xinjiang. Last Friday, TVB senior reporter Lam Tsz-ho, his cameraman Lau Wing-chuen and NOW TV cameraman Lam Chun-wai were tied up, handcuffed and beaten by police. Hou Hanmin, director of the Xinjiang ...

  8. Xinjiang's iron-fisted party boss replaced

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

    ... Choi Chi-yuk The Communist Party cadre who has ruled Xinjiang with an iron fist for nearly 15 years is being replaced, months after the region's capital, Urumqi, was rocked by deadly ... was announced yesterday in Urumqi by Vice-President Xi Jinping, a day after Xinjiang came up for discussion at a meeting of the party's Politburo chaired by President Hu Jintao. Xi described Zhang, ...

  9. Exco convenor to press issue of Xinjiang beatings

    Posted Sep 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Eva Wu and Ng Kang-chung A pro-Beijing heavyweight has promised to take up the case of police brutality by Xinjiang authorities against three Hong Kong journalists covering unrest in the autonomous region. Hundreds of journalists took to the streets yesterday to condemn the Xinjiang government's handling of the case. The protesters demanded that Xinjiang authorities apologise ...

  10. China and Turkey in joint drill

    Posted Nov 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the restive Xinjiang Autonomous Region. Beijing has accused some Uygur groups of conducting terrorist activities in Xinjiang. 'Both sides chose to hold the exercise in mountainous terrain. ... in Xinjiang last year as genocide, triggering angry rebuffs from China. But ties have since improved, as Ankara is eager to mend the relationship with Beijing, which has become a major trade partner. ...




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