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Ürümqi

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.

Monday, 27 July, 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.

15 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Internet cafes suffer as Beijing cuts connection

Computer screens at hundreds of internet cafes around Urumqi flickered with life but the seats in front of them were empty. With the city's connection cut in the wake of the riots, business at some establishments is down as much as 90 per cent.

13 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Business resumes, but industries count the cost

Most businesses had returned to normal in Urumqi as of yesterday, though the region's officials said the tourism and airline industries had seen sharp declines in the past week due to the aftershock of ethnic clashes since last Sunday.

12 Jul 2009 - 12:00am