Islam in China

There is no ban on Uygur dress, police deputy says at congress

Uygur Muslim women in traditional dress in Kashgar. Photo: AFP

Muslim head coverings and long beards are "kind of passé", a deputy police chief from Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture said this week when explaining why authorities discouraged such practices among Uygurs, who make up 40 per cent of the region's population.

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 4:35am 14 comments

6 Uygurs named as terrorists by security ministry

The Ministry of Public Security branded six Uygurs as 'terrorists' on Thursday, accusing them of being involved in terrorist training camps and of organising attacks in the restive Xinjiang region, while dubbing them key members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Laying down the lore

When Sonam Dorje took his microphone to the windswept grasslands of eastern Qinghai province in September, he just wanted to record local folk tales. It had been many years since the Tibetan elders of Xunhua county had had an audience for their stories, but when they saw Dorje's recording equipment, they clammed up.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing unveils incentives for Xinjiang SEZs

Beijing has revealed details of its plan to fast-track special economic zones in two border cities in Xinjiang under its campaign of economic development to ease ethnic tensions in the far-western region.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Crackdown on crime ahead of trade show

Xinjiang police have started a two-month crackdown on crime to boost security ahead of an international trade convention in the restive autonomous region later this month and October's National Day celebrations, it was reported yesterday.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Tension won't stop Kashgar's progress drive

Despite recent ethnic violence, authorities in Kashgar in Xinjiang, say their ambition to transform the western border city into a booming financial hub remains on track and plan to woo talent from major mainland cities.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Security chief talks tough on Xinjiang

The mainland's top police officer yesterday promised tougher action against violent crime and terrorism to protect stability in Xinjiang, where Turkic-speaking Uygurs make up nearly half the population.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Attackers were 'trained in Pakistan'

Local authorities said yesterday that Muslim extremists trained in Pakistan masterminded one of two deadly attacks over the weekend in restive Xinjiang, which left six victims and five assailants dead.

A police investigation found that organisers of Sunday's attack had learnt gun- and bomb-making skills at a terrorist camp in Pakistan, the Kashgar city government said.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Uygur resentment at 'unfair' practices

Hotan appears to have returned to calm following a fatal attack on a police station on Monday, with the alleged assailants either dead or arrested, but an undercurrent of ethnic tension remains in the Xinjiang city.

23 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Finger-pointing over fatal clash

Xinjiang authorities said Monday's attack on a police station in Hotan that killed four people was an act of terrorism, but overseas Uygur groups alleged that police opened fire on peaceful protesters, killing at least 20.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Four killed in attack on Xinjiang police station

At least four people were killed, including a paramilitary police officer and two hostages, following an attack on a police station in Hotan, Xinjiang , yesterday.

Giving no details about either the ethnicity of the attackers or the identity of the hostages, Xinhua reported that armed police rushed to the scene, saving six hostages and shooting dead several 'thugs'.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Ruling against Easyknit boss

Easyknit International chief executive Jimmy Kwong Cheung-tim lost a bid to disassociate himself from a case brought against the founder of the Hong Kong-listed garment trader and property developer that involves allegations of blackmail, money laundering and use of triad heavies.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Daughter stole savings of father, 89

A nurse who stole 330,500 yuan (HK$395,500) from her 89-year-old father and then claimed she did it to safeguard his savings was behind bars last night.

Hui Wai-fong, 49, said she put the money into her own account because she was worried that her brothers would use up their father's savings.

7 May 2011 - 12:00am

Ex-scholar named deputy regional head in restive Xinjiang

A scholar-turned-official was named deputy government head of the restive Xinjiang region yesterday.

Members of the Standing Committee of the Xinjiang Regional People's Congress approved Huang Wei, 49, to succeed Yang Gang, 57, Xinhua reported. Huang was the vice-mayor of Beijing municipality before his posting to the Uygur- predominated Xinjiang.

24 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

At the Games

The sign held up by the Games volunteer says 'Corban Festival' - the Feast of Sacrifice, which in the Islamic calendar concludes the pilgrimage to Mecca. Millions of Muslims around the world celebrated it yesterday, including thousands in Guangzhou.

17 Nov 2010 - 12:00am