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.

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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

Jail terms for 20 rebel Uygurs

Courts in the restive western region of Xinjiang have sentenced 20 ethnic Uygurs to jail for up to 15 years for terrorism and separatist crimes, as local authorities continue stepped-up efforts to maintain stability ahead of a key party congress this autumn.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Take aim for shots of taste

Think you can turn that pretty pavlova into a work of art? Or capture the atmosphere of a bustling food market in 2-D? If so, then the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition might just be your route for tasteful photographic recognition of the epicurean kind. Now in its second year, the contest is the first international competition celebrating the art of food photography.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How it Got There and Where it is Heading

Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How it Got There and Where it is Heading by Jonathan Fenby Simon & Schuster

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Officials sacked over deadly blaze back in top posts

Two former Shanghai officials sacked following a blaze in a high-rise building that killed at least 58 people 15 months ago have returned to senior posts - one in Xinjiang and the other with a leading government-run developer in Shanghai.

8 Feb 2012 - 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

Ban on Islamic dress sparked Uygur attack

Local residents believe that an attempt by the authorities in Hotan, Xinjiang, to gradually ban local Uygur women from wearing black veils and traditional Islamic black outfits was one of the main triggers of a deadly attack at a local police station on Monday.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Unrest forgotten as tourists flock back to Xinjiang

Every Sunday morning herders and farmers head for the huge open-air market on the outskirts of Kashgar, the ancient Silk Road city in the mainland'smost westerly province, Xinjiang.

The richer ones travel by truck or van, but most arrive on foot, walking for hours to buy or sell yaks and cows in an outpost that is nearer to Islamabad, Kabul and Moscow than it is to Beijing.

14 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Security stepped up in Xinjiang for National Day

About 200,000 public security officers and armed police have been mobilised in the restive Xinjiang region to ensure public safety during the celebrations for National Day on October 1, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said in a report yesterday.

28 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Uygurs kill 3 border guards near Kashgar

Knife-wielding Uygur men killed three border security guards at a road checkpoint near the Xinjiang city of Kashgar yesterday morning, the third violent incident in the region in just over a week.

The motive for the attack was unknown, a police official and state media said.

13 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report 'East Turkestan movement says oppression fuels unrest' published on the Xinjiang attack pages on Tuesday incorrectly identifies Dilxadi Rexiti as a spokesman for the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and incorrectly quoted Mr Rexiti. Mr Rexiti is the spokesman for the World Uygur Congress, which is a mainstream Uygur rights group advocating peaceful settlement of the Xinjiang issue.

7 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Killings a minor incident, city's party chief insists

Authorities in Kashgar yesterday tried to play down Monday's attack on police that left 16 officers dead, saying it was only a 'minor incident' and would have no long-term impact on the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region .

6 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Sunny days forecast for the north

A cold front that whipped up sandstorms and sent temperatures plummeting across northern China at the weekend weakened yesterday, prompting weather forecasters to predict clear and sunny skies for the region over the next three days.

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Lost in Transition

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The way mainland cities such as Shanghai and Beijing are booming, they may soon be indistinguishable from other cosmopolitan cities.

15 Sep 2005 - 12:00am