Ürümqi

Tragedy that forever binds Uygur mountain guide to Hong Kong

Aishan, a Uygur mountain guide in Urumqi , has led many tourists into the beautiful mountains of Xinjiang over the past 10 years.

Sunday, 17 January, 2010, 12:00am

Spreading ethnically sensitive views now a crime in Xinjiang

A new law in Xinjiang makes it a criminal offence to produce or spread information that could jeopardise ethnic solidarity.

31 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Xinjiang to lift blackout in 'gradual and orderly' way

The regional government of Xinjiang announced yesterday that the communications blackout imposed in the wake of the July 5 ethnic clashes will gradually be lifted.

30 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Urumqi remains divided by fear and mistrust

Nearly half a year since deadly ethnic riots hit the Xinjiang regional capital, Urumqi , hatred and fear between Han Chinese and the Uygur minority keep the city deeply divided.

22 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

The deep roots of Uygurs' frustration

Three months after the worst ethnic violence in Xinjiang for 12 years, tens of thousands of troops remain on duty in cities across the region that accounts for one-sixth of China's land area. The transport of security forces from different provinces was so large that it caused cancellations and delays of civil air flights.

11 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

1,300 petition Beijing

More than 1,300 Hong Kong journalists and journalism professors and students have signed a petition demanding Beijing vindicate four of their colleagues who were treated roughly by mainland police when covering stories.

30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Hu busy at UN ahead of G20

15 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Uygur nightmare

For the Uygurs there are three 'butchers of Xinjiang' - the Kuomintang general who controlled it before world war two, Wang Zhen after 1949 and Wang Lequan. In the name of 'stability' they have lost the hearts of the people.'

10 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Even foreigners in Urumqi can't avoid being affected by events

Erwin Sotelo, a Filipino singer-guitarist, doesn't understand why the government banned all internet access and long-distance calls in Urumqi . He has not been able to contact his family in the Philippines since the Han Chinese took to the streets to protest against the random attacks with syringes a week ago. 'My family must be worrying,'' he said.

9 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Sensitive touch needed to soothe ethnic tensions

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 in Xinjiang.

6 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Urumqi police tell residents to beware of syringe attacks

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 in response to incidents that have emerged in the past week involving harmful injections, said two police officers who answered telephone inquiries.

3 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Riot zone in overdrive to lure back tourists

Xinjiang is pulling out all stops to lure tourists back to the famous Silk Road region in the wake of the deadly ethnic clashes earlier this month.

Airlines, hotels and tourist attractions will cut rates by up to 50 per cent to encourage travellers, according to the Tourism Bureau of Xinjiang.

27 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Official defends closure as 'in step with Islamic doctrine'

A senior mainland religious official has defended the controversial closure of mosques in Urumqi last week, saying it was in line with Islamic doctrine.

Despite opposition from Muslim Uygurs, authorities closed mosques across Urumqi last Friday fearing that violence or even riots could erupt as a result of a large gathering.

17 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

A myopic world view through the Han lens

Recent issues, from the tragic to the banal, should remind Hong Kong as well as the mainland that international respect in a globalised world requires the rejection of notions of ethnic exclusivity or superiority. China's rise has been peaceful but it has been accompanied by a rise in Han chauvinism.

16 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Security forces in Urumqi back on high alert day after shooting

Security measures were cranked up a notch in Urumqi yesterday, although by nightfall there had been no repeat of Monday's shootings.

Particularly in Uygur districts of the city, soldiers and police were noticeably on high alert, apparently prepared to be attacked at any moment.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm