Plane plot blamed on overseas terror threat

Mainland authorities have for the first time blamed overseas-based militants for a failed attempt to down a Beijing-bound domestic flight this month, heightening concerns about potential terror attacks during the Beijing Olympics in August.

Friday, 21 March, 2008, 12:00am

Liquids banned after scare on mainland flight

Mainland aviation authorities have decided to ban passengers from carrying liquids on board aircraft in a bid to tighten security after a flight crew foiled what authorities said was a plot to down a Beijing-bound airliner on Friday.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Terror threat is real, says Xinjiang chief

Claims that airliner plot was faked cause anger

Xinjiang's chief lashed out yesterday at western claims that the foiled terrorist attacks on a Beijing-bound plane were fake or a pretext to crack down on Uygurs.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Cheating team kicked out of China play-offs

Beleaguered Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) chiefs earned some much-needed respect from fans yesterday after they booted title contenders Xinjiang Guanghui out of the play-offs for cheating.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Police keep tabs on blaze site owner

Police in Urumqi, Xinjiang, have frozen the assets and imposed strict limits on the movements of the owner of two inner-city buildings ravaged by a 33-hour blaze this week.

Qian Jinnai, chairman of the 1.6 billion yuan Xinjiang Doowin Industrial and Commercial Group, has been confined to the city.

5 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

3 firemen killed in Urumqi building blaze

Three firefighters have been killed in an inferno that raged for nearly 22 hours through a shop and office building and a neighbouring hotel in Urumqi , the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region .

There were no reports of other casualties and the blaze was under control by 6pm yesterday.

4 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

In brief

Carrier adds new services

China Southern Airlines is adding Singapore and Baku to its schedule. It will launch a twice-weekly service between Haikou and Singapore and a weekly flight from Urumqi to Azerbaijan.

chalco buys jiaozuo stake

23 May 2006 - 12:00am

Yuan diplomacy on the Silk Road

As old as China may be, the Taklimakan is infinitely older. The great desert of Xinjiang , which covers nearly one-fifth of the country's landmass, does not easily yield historical perspective, yet what archaeologists and anthropologists have scraped from it cannot be said to weigh in favour of its current masters.

22 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Corps values endure on the mainland's wild west frontier

Fifty years ago, Mao Zedong ordered 175,000 soldiers to settle in the far western region of Xinjiang to secure the area for China against warlords, Kuomintang troops, Soviet and American agents, and those fighting for independence and an Islamic republic.

8 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Start of a D'Long journey

Last year, Tang Wangli, 47, and his three brothers were 25th on Euromoney's list of China's richest people, with assets of US$230 million.

28 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

'Lost generation' protests over poor benefits

Hundreds of retirees yesterday protested outside the offices of their former employers in Shanghai over their claims of inadequate retirement and medical benefits.

They were sent in the 1960s from Shanghai to the western Xinjiang region to work, as part of a political campaign that sent urban youth to the countryside.

6 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Overflights boon to Xinjiang

The crisis in Afghanistan is proving an economic bonanza for Xinjiang, with airlines forced to fly over the region to avoid the war zone.

An airport official in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, said this week that Afghan airspace had been closed since September 19, forcing airlines to change their routes.

26 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

National pride and language skills bloom on mainland tour

On a study tour to Beijing and Xinjiang with our student group, we roasted in the heat on a mountain noted for producing raisins.

But the real fruit of our journey was our improved command of Putonghua - and our strong sense of identity as Chinese.

12 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Lack of skilled workers stymies heritage project in Urumqi

Peter Wong Man-kong's MK Corp is having trouble finding workers to rebuild a heritage theme park along the Silk Road, a project spurred from the Go West trip in May.

The property and hotel developer agreed to redevelop the old Erdaoqiao Bazaar in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, into a Erdaoqiao Cultural Region, with a price tag of 450 million yuan (about HK$420 million).

13 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Focus on business for sprawling conglomerate that grew out of army mission to northwest

Xinjiang's most powerful organisation, militarily and commercially, is seeking to dilute its military image to focus more on business.

Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps was founded in 1954 and grew out of units of the People's Liberation Army which were sent to the north-western province to guard the border and control unrest.

5 Jun 2001 - 12:00am