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  1. 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 ...

  2. Trade push for restive Xinjiang

    Posted Sep 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com Further opening up the economy of Xinjiang and boosting its trade with neighbouring countries are the keys to the region's rapid development, ... of Xinjiang by setting up special economic zones in two border cities, restructuring local industries, expanding the number of border trade ports, and implementing financial measures to encourage ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. Beijing opens its chequebook for rich and restive Xinjiang

    Posted Mar 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill Heavy government spending helped the Xinjiang economy grow 8per cent last year, offsetting the impact of the worst ethnic violence for 12 years but still the slowest ... Last July witnessed the worst inter-ethnic violence in Xinjiang since a confrontation in Yining in 1997. According to official figures, the Urumqi clashes left 197 people dead and 1,721 ...

  5. Free and fair reporting is just what Xinjiang needs

    Posted Sep 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... But there is no such disagreement about the manner in which authorities in Xinjiang have justified the rough handling by police of three journalists covering unrest in the region. Politicians of all stripes have rightly ... reporter and cameraman and a Now TV cameraman. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has expressed concern, local delegates to the National People's Congress have criticised the Xinjiang ...

  6. China Southern sales hurt by riots in Xinjiang

    Posted Jul 11th 2009, 12:00am by Charlotte So

    ... Charlotte So The riots in Xinjiang have taken their toll on tourism in the area, wiping out significant sales booked by China Southern Airlines, which has a hub in Urumqi and claims more ... this year, said the airline official. 'We are working out some remedial plans with the tourist agents to channel those people who have cancelled their trips to Xinjiang to other places where we ...

  7. The King of Xinjiang: business genius or carpetbagger?

    Posted Jan 17th 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... and had just left the army. He had no money but was bursting with ambition. Today, Sun Guangxin is the richest and most powerful man in the far west region of Xinjiang and the eighth richest ... it to the rest of China. But by the 1990s, the tractor plant was losing money and could no longer compete with new, modern factories in the east. The Xinjiang government was eager to dispose of it. ...

  8. 'Open' trials for suspected Xinjiang terrorists

    Posted Mar 10th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... in January in a raid on a training camp said to be operated by the banned East Turkestan Islamic Movement. Shi Dagang, party secretary of the Kashgar district in Xinjiang said no overseas nationals ... and weapons were seized from the camp. In addition to the 17 arrests, 18 other suspected terrorists and a police officer were killed in the raid, in the mountains of Xinjiang's Pamir Plateau, ...

  9. Funds sought to revive flagging tourism industry

    Posted Jul 17th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lilian Zhang and Anna Zhang Tourism authorities in Xinjiang are ramping up efforts to revive the region's once booming travel industry, which has been hit hard by ethnic violence. ... Xinhua said about 3,400 domestic and overseas tourist groups- approximately 200,000 travellers- had cancelled trips to Xinjiang by Sunday, causing one billion yuan in losses. Mr Chi hoped price ...

  10. English

    Posted May 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and narrated by an ethnic Han boy named Love Liu from Urumqi. Although Urumqi is the largest city and the capital of Xinjiang, the narrator considers it a backwater. He often wonders what life is like ... a teacher troubled by her identity as a 'double-turner', Urumqi slang for half-Han, half-Uygur. She is the only non-Han character, although the novel is set in Xinjiang. Then, as now, ...




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