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Police arrest 139 in Xinjiang for ‘spreading jihad’

An anti-terrorism force attend an anti-terrorism exercise in northwest China's Xinjiang region, home to many Muslim Uygurs. Photo: AFP

China has arrested 139 people in Xinjiang for allegedly spreading jihad, state-run media said on Wednesday, as it warns of growing religious extremism in the far western region home to Muslim Uygurs.

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013, 12:37pm

The strangers: blood and fear in Xinjiang

Uighur residents protest in Urumqi, on July 7, 2009.  Photo: EPA

In the winter of 2009, I was spending my weekends in the northeast Chinese city of Tangshan, and eating most of my food from the far-western province of Xinjiang. Like many minorities, the Uighur, the native people of Xinjiang, have made their chief impact on mainstream culture through cuisine. I have always favoured their ubiquitous restaurants when travelling.

27 Sep 2013 - 11:10am 2 comments

Court sentences 19 Uygurs for religious extremism

Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, in February. Photo: Xinhua

Courts in China's far western region of Xinjiang have sentenced 19 ethnic Uygurs to up to six years in jail for promoting racial hatred and religious extremism online, in the latest crackdown on what Beijing sees as violent separatists.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Xinjiang minorities too busy dancing to make trouble, says Chinese official

Uygur women at a market in Kashgar, Xinjiang province. Photo: Reuters

Ethnic minority people in China’s Xinjiang are far more fond of dancing, singing and being good hosts than making trouble, a top official said on Tuesday, dismissing the idea that the far western region is a hotbed of unrest.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Xinjiang terror group smashed, say police

Xinjiang women pass police officers around the site of a violent clash in Kashgar last week. Photo: AP

Public security authorities said the assailants were linked to a jihadist group and said the mastermind of last Tuesday's attack had been interrogated five years ago. They did not say if the jihadist group had overseas links.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Uygur ‘separatist’ Dilshat Rexit visits Taiwan

A controversial figure accused by China of inciting violence in the ethnically divided Xinjiang region, where clashes with police this week saw 21 people killed, arrived in Taiwan on Friday in a visit likely to irk Beijing.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:32pm

Beijing urges US to condemn Xinjiang 'terror' attacks

Armed police stand guard in Kashgar, Xinjiang. Photo: AP

China urged the US to condemn what Beijing has called terrorist attacks in Xinjiang instead of lecturing the country on human rights.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:13am 1 comment

US presses China on Uygur rights after unrest

The United States on Wednesday urged China to safeguard the rights of its Uygur minority and carry out a transparent probe of the latest violence in which 21 people died.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell called on China to “take steps to reduce tensions and promote long-term stability in Xinjiang”, the vast and ethnically divided western region.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Clash with Uygurs leaves 21 dead in Xinjiang

Twenty-one people were killed in a violent clash involving axes, knives and the burning down of a house in Xinjiang on Tuesday, the regional government said yesterday. Nine officials, six police and six ethnic Uygurs were killed in Tuesday's drama, said Hou Hanmin, spokeswoman for the Xinjiang government.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am