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Xinjiang needs careful study

Houses destroyed in a violent clash in Kashgar. Photo: AP

Ethnic tensions in the far western autonomous region of Xinjiang have again flared into violence. In the worst single incident since rioting between Muslim Uygurs and Han Chinese six years ago left 197 people dead, last week 15 community workers and police were among 21 killed in a clash involving knives, axes and the burning down of a house.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 2:06am 1 comment

Fatal clash in Xinjiang shows cadres lack crisis awareness, analysts say

Fatal clash in Xinjiang shows cadres lack crisis awareness, analysts say

Nine officials, six police officers and six ethnic Uygurs died in the incident on Tuesday afternoon in a town in Bachu county, Kashgar prefecture, about 1,200 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital, Urumqi, said Hou Hanmin, a Xinjiang government spokeswoman.

29 Apr 2013 - 5:22am

Attack in restive Xinjiang area kills four and injures eight

Unverified online pictures uploaded by Chinese internet users of a reported attack in Korla, Xinjiang on March 7, 2013. The man lying on the ground is said to be one of the assailant injured or killed by police after the attack. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A Chinese government official says four people were killed and eight more were injured in an attack in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang while the national legislature is meeting to install new leadership.

8 Mar 2013 - 11:17am

What the mainland media say, December 9, 2012

A Han villager was ordered to pay 160,000 yuan to replace matang he destroyed during a brawl with food vendors from Xinjiang, triggering questions about whether authorities had sacrificed the rule of law to avoid inflaming ethnic tension. Photo: Xinhua

Fine food often does not come cheap. Take a delicacy such as Xinjiang matang, a dense, cake-like confection that Uygurs make almost entirely of walnuts and other nuts. A single slab of the stuff can cost as much as 6,000 yuan (HK$7,450).

9 Dec 2012 - 4:08pm

China's portrayal in Hollywood is far removed from negative stereotypes of old

Looper director Rian Johnson(far left) with his star Joseph Gordon-Lewitt on the Bund; theTotal Recall remake (starring Colin Farrell, above left) changed its setting from China to Australia; South Korean filmmakers still portray Chinese as thugs, with Ki Gook-seo (above right, seated) playing a triad inThe Thieves; inShun LI and the Poet, Italian director Andrea Segre examines the travails of a Chinese immigrant played by Zhao Tao (left, with Rade Serbedzija).Photos: Sony Pictures, Simone Falso

To properly understand China's standing in the new world order of the 21st century, just look at upcoming sci-fi thrillerLooper: Rian Johnson's time-travelling hitman film will be released in a longer version on the mainland after its Chinese investors demanded more Shanghai-set scenes (which the director had cut to maintain the film's pacing).

10 Sep 2012 - 9:33am

District council is urged to use more English

Councillors in one of the city's most ethnically diverse districts have been accused of short-changing many of their constituents by refusing to offer information in English or use the language in meetings.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Front row tweets for this fab four

The front row of a fashion show is the spot everyone else in the crowd is focused on as they wait for the action to start. Recently, the front rowers (also known as 'frowers') raising the most eyebrows have been Chinese starlets.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Popular blogger accused of fraud takes foe to court

When does a fraud-buster cross the line? And is questioning a popular blogger's bona fides tantamount to libel?

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Novelist Han Han to sue fraud crusader for libel

Best-selling mainland author Han Han is suing self-proclaimed 'Science Cop' Fang Zhouzi, who recently accused Han of hiring ghostwriters for most of his works, says Han's agent.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Young iconoclast's dim view on revolution strikes chord in Beijing

There may be many mysteries in Chinese politics, but whether the state propaganda machine is surrounded by many competing voices is not one of them.

A leader among those voices is Han Han, a 29-year-old professional rally driver and self-described amateur writer, whose blog has received 520 million visits since he started it in 2006.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Top Chinese words tell story of mass unease

The writing is on the wall: this year's most popular Chinese character and phrase reflect the public's growing discontent and anxiety over the country's situation, a recent poll has shown.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Colleges recruited in 'go abroad' push

Mainland universities will be given state funding to help extend the overseas reach of Chinese academic research, the latest initiative in the nation's soft-power push abroad.

The funding will come via the 'Go Abroad' initiative, which aims to give greater overseas exposure to Chinese research, particularly in the social studies.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Shanghai Tang next to leave Pedder Building

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

A language lost

When Ji Jinlu, 66, was a boy, he was unable to speak Putonghua until he went to school at age nine. Today he has hardly anyone to talk to in his native tongue.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Girlfriend of tycoon loses probate fight

The long-time live-in girlfriend of the late owner of the celebrated Lin Heung Lau tea house has lost a HK$100 million probate fight with his children.

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am