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.Sunday, 12 July, 2009, 12:00am
Beijing has finally broken its silence over the deadly Xinjiang riots. However, the statement put out after a Politburo meeting chaired by President Hu Jintao was predictable. As expected, it promised harsh punishment for the perpetrators and a crackdown on troublemakers. It blamed the violence on 'the three forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism at home and abroad'.11 Jul 2009 - 12:00am
The Xinjiang government yesterday started handing out money to families who lost members in the ethnic clashes in Urumqi - a move apparently aimed at pacifying the grieving crowds and warding off fresh unrest.11 Jul 2009 - 12:00am
Tourism, a pillar of Xinjiang's economy, has been hard hit by the ethnic strife in Urumqi .
Industry experts said summer was the peak season for Xinjiang's travel industry, but tens of thousands of trip cancellations would be another blow to the autonomous region's economy.10 Jul 2009 - 12:00am
It's very sad to see all the riots in Xinjiang . I'm not sure exactly what started it, but I know that in Hong Kong, when we have protests, people do not burn cars and kill each other, and people do not end up shot in the streets.10 Jul 2009 - 12:00am
Many Uygurs who live alongside Han Chinese in Urumqi neighbourhoods do not dare return to their home for fear of being a target of revenge, following Sunday's riots in which many Han Chinese reportedly died.
They also complained of unfair media coverage of the aftermath of the riots, which left at least 156 dead and over 800 injured.9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am