China Crisis - Special Reports

China collecting biodata from millions of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Rights group says DNA, face mugshots, fingerprints, iris scans, blood types and more have been taken from millions of Muslims in restive province
2017-12-14 06:12 | Asia Unhedged, China, Xinjiang | ATimes

Xinjiang Authorities Collecting Residents’ Biometric Data

Human Rights Watch has reported on a program which has gathered biometric data—including fingerprints, iris scans, blood-type, and DNA—on millions of residents in six regions
2017-12-14 00:12 | Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

‘Privacy Violations For All’: Chinese Province Collects Biodata Without Consent

The regional government in China’s westernmost Xinjiang Province is expanding its biodata collection project to include the DNA, fingerprints, iris signatures, and blood types of all people between the ages of 12 and 65, according to a new report.
2017-12-14 00:12 | Society | SputnikNews

PLA drone brigade brushes up skills in Xinjiang ‘war game’

Veteran PLA pilots 'fly' cutting edge drones on game-pad like consoles and launch missiles for decapitation strikes
2017-11-27 08:11 | Asia Unhedged, China, People's Liberation Army | ATimes

China: Authorities Raid Thousands Of Muslim Homes

Authorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region have reportedly searched the homes of 30,000 members of the Muslim Kazakh ethnic group
2017-11-20 16:11 | 1, Religion | EurasiaReview

China Introduces Revised Uyghur Extremism List

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region have updated guidelines on detaining Muslim Uyghurs on religious “extremism” charges, which include the posture
2017-11-09 06:11 | 1, Religion, Social Issues | EurasiaReview

China’s Water Diversion Plan Reaches the Brahmaputra

According to Stephen Chen from South China Morning Post, Chinese engineers are making plans to build an 1,000km tunnel, in order to divert water from the Tibet plateau to the Xinjiang
2017-11-03 22:11 | China & the World, Environment, Level 2 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

China to build 1,000-km long tunnel to divert Brahmaputra water

China is all set to build a 1,000-km long tunnel, the world’s longest, to divert water from Brahmaputra river in Tibet close to Arunachal Pradesh to the parched Xinjiang region. Quoting a Chinese media report, news agency PTI said that the move, that is expected to “turn Xinjiang into California”, has raised concerns among environmentalists […] China to build 1,000-km long tunnel to divert Brahmaputra water
2017-10-31 07:10 | Politics, World, arunachal pradesh | JantaKaReporter

'Impossible To Save': Scientists Are Watching China's Glaciers Disappear

Xinjiang has nearly 20,000 glaciers, half of China's total. They're all receding at a record pace — and will continue to melt, some scientists warn, even if global temperatures stop rising.
2017-10-21 10:10 | News | NPR

Xinjiang a “Frontline Laboratory for Surveillance”

Under Party Chief Chen Quanguo, a hardliner who was credited for quelling a wave of unrest in Tibet, Xinjiang is emerging as a “perfect police state,” according to
2017-10-21 04:10 | Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

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2017-10-17 16:10 | Rune Steenberg Reyhe, China, United States | EurAsiaNet

In Xinjiang, Household Knives Must Be ID’ed

Since 2014, as part of a nationwide crackdown on terrorism, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has seen a host of new restrictions over many facets of everyday life–from
2017-10-11 05:10 | Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

Trump Pressed on Human Rights Ahead of China Visit

The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China issued its annual report on Thursday, covering human rights, rule of law, and developments in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong,
2017-10-07 03:10 | China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

Qurans, Prayer Mats Confiscated in Xinjiang

Xinjiang is the frontline of a nationwide crackdown on terrorism that began in 2014 in response to rising incidents of violence in the region and elsewhere in China. The anti-terror
2017-09-29 01:09 | Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

China: Authorities Confiscating All Copies Of Koran In Xinjiang

Authorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region have ordered Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and Korans,
2017-09-29 01:09 | 1, Religion, China | EurasiaReview

For Some Chinese Uighurs, Modeling Is A Path To Success

China's Muslim-minority Uighurs often face persecution and suspicion. But their popularity has grown in recent years as models. "Not to brag, but we are very good-looking," says one Uighur model.
2017-09-27 14:09 | News | NPR

Wary Of Unrest Among Uighur Minority, China Locks Down Xinjiang Province

Following riots and attacks in past years, residents of Urumqi, the capital of the western region, now live and work under intense surveillance, and are subject to detention after traveling abroad.
2017-09-26 08:09 | News | NPR

China’s Persecution of the Uyghur People

The Uyghurs (pronounced wee-gers) are a predominantly-Muslim ethnic minority based in Xinjiang region of China. Not only does Xinjiang have the highest concentration of Muslims in the Republic, but Uyghurs are the second-largest predominantly-Muslim ethnic group in China. Throughout the years, these people have faced immense discrimination and cultural suppression by the State. Recently, when millions More
2017-09-20 08:09 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Video showing riots sparks anti-Muslim rage in China

Chinese internet users bombarded government social media accounts Wednesday with thousands of anti-Islamic messages in response to unverified videos showing rioting involving Muslims. Online attacks on Chinese Muslim minorities have surged in recent years, with commenters directing angry screeds at both the Hui and the Uighur minority groups in the country’s north and far west. The alleged row that triggered the latest flood of invective took place in the city of Tangshan in northern China’s Hebei province on Monday. According
2017-09-07 14:09 | News | AbrarOnline

China: Kazakh Students Targeted For Wearing Islamic Attire

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are thought to be detaining ethnic minority Kazakhs for wearing “Islamic” clothing and praying, a
2017-09-05 01:09 | 1, Religion, China | EurasiaReview

Photo: Burqin, Xinjiang, by keso s

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2017-08-28 05:08 | Main Photo, keso s | ChinaDigitalTimes

Photo: Northern Xinjiang, by king.f

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2017-08-25 04:08 | Main Photo, king.f | ChinaDigitalTimes

Canadian Journalist Briefly Detained in Xinjiang

Canadian journalist Nathan VanderKlippe, The Globe and Mail’s Beijing-based Asia correspondent, was detained in Elishku Township, Xinjiang on August 23 for over three
2017-08-24 22:08 | Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article, Level 4 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

China’s Muslims banned from using their language in schools

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region have banned China’s Muslims from using their language in schools. Last month, the Hotan government in north western China prohibited the use of the Uighur language from being used in schools including pre-school. The new move comes after strict restrictions on Muslims in the region including a ban on fasting during Ramadan. The move was announced in a notice on the website of Xinjiang’s Hotan region. It said that the use of the Uyghur language was
2017-08-04 14:08 | News | AbrarOnline

China's Muslims banned from using their language in schools

Authorities in China's Xinjiang region have banned China's Muslims from using their language in schools.
2017-08-03 13:08 | News | IINA

Xinjiang Residents Forced to Install Spyware on Phones

At Global Voices, Oiwan Lam reports that residents in a district of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, are being required to install the Jingwang (净网,
2017-07-20 23:07 | Information Revolution, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

Repressive Policies toward Uyghurs Continue to Worsen

Authorities in Xinjiang have stepped up their efforts to suppress the Islamic identity of the region’s ethnic Uyghurs following the appointment of Chen Quanguo to the position
2017-07-15 01:07 | Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article, Level 4 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

Egypt arrests Chinese Muslim students amid police sweep

Scores of Uighurs forced to flee in Cairo and Alexandria after police sweep on Beijing's request, rights groups say.
2017-07-07 12:07 | News | Aljazeera

Egyptian police said to detain Chinese Uighurs in wide sweep

Chinese students from the Uighur ethnic minority have been detained in Egypt in a broad police sweep that has shaken the country's sizeable Uighur student and expatriate community, activists said Thursday
2017-07-06 15:07 | Middle East | DailyStar

This Eid A Uyghur Muslimah Tells Her Story

By Gulnaz Uighur My name is Gulnaz and I am a Uyghur Muslim. My place of birth is East Turkestan but the world knows it as ‘Xinjiang’ because China says so. When I was a child, entering my teenage years as an eleven year old, my family fled Xinjiang and at that time I had […]
2017-06-27 06:06 | #Current Affairs, #MainMenu-Current-Affairs, Anti-Muslim Bigotry | MuslimMatters

The ‘Perfect Police State’ is Emerging in Xinjiang

Tom Phillips at The Guardian reports that Xinjiang is experiencing an unprecedented security surge following the appointment of Chen Quanguo as the Party Secretary of the Uyghur
2017-06-24 05:06 | Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article, Level 4 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

China: Police Detain At Least 10 Ethnic Kazakhs In Xinjiang

Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained around 10 ethnic minority Kazakhs for “having close ties” with
2017-06-20 16:06 | 1, Social Issues, China | EurasiaReview

China Fines Uyghurs For Observing Ramadan

Weeks into Ramadan, authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have handed down punishments to at least 100 ethnic minority
2017-06-17 04:06 | 1, Religion, China | EurasiaReview

China's tomato paste colonialism

Who knew that a Mao-era Chinese agricultural conglomerate dominates the African tomato market and supplies global food companies? A hundred workers were picking tomatoes in a field near Wusu, a town in northern Xinjiang province, China, half way between the provincial capital, Ürümqi, and the border with Kazakhstan. Most were migrants from Sichuan province, with a few Uyghurs. A teenage girl raised her cleaver above her head and cut off a leafy stem loaded with ripe fruit. Another worker (...)
2017-06-01 15:06 | News | MondeDiplo

China Confiscates Qurans In Xinjiang

Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are confiscating all Qurans published more than five years ago due to “extremist content,”
2017-05-30 03:05 | 1, Religion, China | EurasiaReview

China pushing for stability in Afghanistan to meet its own ends

RATHER than filling the void of the United States, China is trying to play a constructive role in Afghanistan to enhance domestic security. After all, instability in Afghanistan fuels the ambitions, capabilities, and impacts of terrorist organisations in Xinjiang, the historic homeland of the Uighur ethnic group in western China. The post China pushing for stability in Afghanistan to meet its own ends appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
2017-05-24 03:05 | China, Correspondents, Insights | AsianCorrespondent

China Expected to Expand DNA Collection in Xinjiang

The Associated Press’ Matthew Brown reports on indications that public security authorities are laying groundwork for the mass collection of biometric data in the Xinjiang
2017-05-16 23:05 | Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

China’s Xi calls for greater counter-terrorism cooperation with Turkey

Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that the two should deepen counter-terrorism cooperation, amid Chinese concern about ethnic Uighurs from its Xinjiang region fighting with militants in the Middle East. Uighurs are a largely Muslim, Turkic-speaking minority from China’s western Xinjiang region. Hundreds, possibly thousands, keen to escape unrest in Xinjiang, have traveled clandestinely via Southeast Asia to Turkey, where many see themselves as sharing religious and cultural ties. Beijing says some Uighurs then end
2017-05-15 10:05 | News | AbrarOnline

China's Xi calls for greater counter-terrorism cooperation with Turkey

Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that the two should deepen counter-terrorism cooperation, amid Chinese concern about ethnic Uighurs from its Xinjiang region fighting with militants in the Middle East. Uighurs are a largely Muslim, Turkic-speaking minority from China's western Xinjiang region. Hundreds, possibly thousands, keen to escape unrest in Xinjiang, have traveled clandestinely via Southeast Asia to Turkey, where many see themselves as sharing religious and cultural ties. Beijing says some
2017-05-14 08:05 | News | EgyptIndependent

Deadly earthquake hits China's Taxkorgan county

At least nine people killed and more than 20 injured in 5.5-magnitude earthquake that hit China's Xinjiang region.
2017-05-11 06:05 | News | Aljazeera

China: Xinjiang hit by 5.5 magnitude earthquake killing 8

Eight people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck in China's northwest Xinjiang region on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency said, with photographs online also showing damaged buildings. The post China: Xinjiang hit by 5.5 magnitude earthquake killing 8 appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
2017-05-11 04:05 | China, News, earthquake | AsianCorrespondent

Party Sets Up Special Bureau for Xinjiang

The Chinese Communist Party has established a new bureau for Xinjiang within its United Front Work Department to streamline policy coordination and provide strategic regional
2017-05-06 23:05 | Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article, Level 4 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

Ban on “Extreme” Muslim Baby Names in Xinjiang

In the latest of a series of recent regulations aimed at combatting “religious extremism” in Xinjiang, regional authorities have reportedly released a list of Islamic
2017-04-28 00:04 | Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

China Mimics Central Asian States, Bans Long Beards in Restive Region

Copyright show:  No Chinese President Xi Jinping called recently for the creation of a “ great wall of iron ” in
2017-04-21 20:04 | Gary Sands, China, Xinjiang | EurAsiaNet

Hotan Pays Over 1 Million Yuan in “Stability” Rewards

The South China Morning Post’s Nectar Gan cites state media to report that Xinjiang authorities have paid out over a million yuan ($160,000) to 16 police officers and two private
2017-04-18 00:04 | Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article, Level 4 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

Xinjiang Official Demoted for Not Smoking Around Clerics

Following the implementation of Xinjiang’s first region-wide law banning behavior that authorities see as marks of religious extremism—including the refusal to consume
2017-04-12 22:04 | Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

China Uighurs: Ban on long beards, veils in Xinjiang

Beijing says new rules are necessary to fight 'extremism' but rights groups have called similar restrictions repressive.
2017-04-01 06:04 | News | Aljazeera

China bans veils, ‘abnormal’ beards in predominantly Muslim Xinjiang province

Chinese authorities have imposed a ban on “abnormal” facial hair and veils in public places in the country's predominantly Muslim Xinjiang province, according to media reports.
2017-03-31 13:03 | News | IINA

No veils, no 'abnormal' beards: China's first anti-extremism law targets Xinjiang

Academic argues that bans targeting women will increase insecurity and lack of trust, making it harder to create social cohesion in the restive region.
2017-03-31 05:03 | News | TheAge

Xinjiang Law Bans Beards, Veils, Refusal of State Media

Lawmakers in Xinjiang this week passed the first region-wide legislation aiming to combat “religious extremism” in the violence-prone area, with a wide-ranging
2017-03-30 23:03 | Human Rights, Law, Level 2 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes