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China slaps tit-for-tat sanctions on U.S. lawmakers, envoy over Xinjiang

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Some of the most outspoken critics of China – Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along with Congressman Chris Smith – are targeted by the action, as well as the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback

XINJIANG CAMPS. This photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/ AFP

China forcibly sterilizes Uighurs to control population – report

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:50 PM

A report by German researcher Adrian Zenz says Uighur women and other ethnic minorities are being threatened with confinement in re-education camps for refusing to abort pregnancies that exceed birth quotas

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Trump says he held off on Xinjiang sanctions over China trade deal

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:03 PM

When asked by news site Axios why he held off on imposing direct US Treasury sanctions on Chinese officials linked to Xinjiang, Trump says: 'Well, we were in the middle of a major trade deal'

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Pompeo condemns China's Xinjiang crackdown during Central Asia tour

Feb 02, 2020 - 3:24 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets top officials in Kazakhstan as he rounds off a 5-nation tour in two countries where Russia and China enjoy privileged interests

POMPEO IN KAZAKHSTAN. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) reacts after holding a joint news conference with Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi (L) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, February 2, 2020. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/AFP

U.S. lawmakers urge action on 'crimes against humanity' in China

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'The Commission believes Chinese authorities may be committing crimes against humanity against the Uighur people and other Turkic Muslims,' says the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

'CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.' This photo taken on September 11, 2019 shows a woman walking in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood in Aksu in the region of Xinjiang. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China says it will continue 'training' Xinjiang people

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The government launches a propaganda drive to justify its security crackdown after leaks about Xinjiang policies emerge

XINJIANG DEFENSE. Shohrat Zakir (C), deputy secretary of the Communist Party committee for China's Xinjiang and chairman of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, speaks next to Alken Tuniaz (L), vice chairman of Xinjiang, and Xu Hairong (R), party secretary of Urumqi, during a press conference in Beijing on December 9, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China warns U.S. of a 'price' for Uighur bill

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:22 PM

The latest House measure condemns the arbitrary mass detention of Uighurs and calls for closure of the re-education camps where, according to rights groups and US lawmakers, they have been held and abused

SUPPORTING UIGHURS. A demonstrator wears a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag as she joins supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists during a anti-China protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul on October 1, 2019, File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

U.S. House passes Uighur bill urging sanctions on Chinese officials

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The legislation adds to tensions between the two superpowers just as they are locked in negotiations to finalize a "phase one" deal to resolve their protracted trade war

REPRESSION. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Former head of Xinjiang jailed for life over graft

Dec 02, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Nur Bekri, an ethnic Uighur, pleads guilty to accepting over 79 million yuan worth of bribes over the course of twenty years, according to the Shenyang Intermediate People's Court in northeast China

NUR BEKRI. Chairman and Vice Secretary of the Party Committee of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Nur Bekri (L) attends the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region open session as part of the National People's Congress (NPC) events in Beijing on March 7, 2013. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

China defends Xinjiang crackdown after criticism from European leaders

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:19 PM

China's foreign ministry repeats assertions that 'Xinjiang affairs are purely China's internal affairs'

XINJIANG. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in Yangisar, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

U.S. teen's TikTok video on Xinjiang goes viral

Nov 27, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The clip by US teen Feroza Aziz, who describes herself as '17 Just a Muslim,' has millions of views across several social media platforms

CONTROLLED. This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

New leak reveals how China runs Xinjiang camps

Nov 25, 2019 - 7:54 AM

(UPDATED) The documents show the strict protocols governing life in the camps in Xinjiang, where an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are held

XINJIANG. This photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Leaked China documents reveal 'no mercy' in Xinjiang – NYT

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:08 PM

(UPDATED) It provides an unprecedented look into the highly-secretive Communist Party's controversial crackdown on Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities

CRACKDOWN. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in Yangisar, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:55 PM

China is destroying burial grounds where generations of Uighur families have been laid to rest, leaving behind human bones and broken tombs in the process

STANDARDIZED GRAVES. This photo taken on September 14, 2019 shows a new cemetery built on the outskirts of Aksu, Xinjiang where bodies from a destroyed Uighur graveyard were moved.  Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

U.S. curbs China officials' visas, demands end to Uighur 'repression'

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweets: 'China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad'

CHINA MUST STOP. File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces the move, saying the United States 'cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China'

SANCTION.  File photo of US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Arrests jump in China's Xinjiang amid crackdown

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:19 AM

One in 5 arrests made in China in 2017 took place in Xinjiang, although the region is home to just 2% of the country's population, data from the local prosecutor's office show

This photo taken on June 5, 2019 shows a "media interview area" set up near the Idkah mosque on the morning of Eid al-Fitr, when Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan in Kashgar, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. On the morning of Eid al-Fitr, the enormous square outside of the main mosque in Kashgar was cordoned off, with reporters forced into a "media interview area" on the outer edges of the square as worshippers filed into the mosque -- whereas in previous years devotees gathered in crowds outside GREG BAKER / AFP

China says Uighur award nomination is 'supporting terrorism'

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:15 AM

The European Court of Human Rights which will give the Vaclav Havel prize shortlists Ilham Tohti, an economics professor whom China sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 after being convicted of separatism

In this file photo, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Decoding China’s claims about Uyghur identity

Aug 13, 2019 - 6:55 PM

A new government white paper says Islam was introduced to Uyghur culture by force. Scholars and activists say the claims mark an attempt to rewrite history.

FAMILY? A propaganda mural in Turpan, Xinjiang, taken in 2017. The slogan, written in Chinese and Uyghur, reads 'All ethnic groups are family.' © Coda Story

China says 'most' inmates in Xinjiang camps are out

Jul 30, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Alken Tuniaz, vice chairman of Xinjiang, says that 'most personnel who have received educational training have already returned to society and have returned home'

XINJIANG CAMPS. Alken Tuniaz, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Committee and vice chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, takes part in a press conference in Beijing on July 30, 2019. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

China slams U.S. criticism of U.N. envoy's Xinjiang trip

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:29 AM

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says the visit of Vladimir Voronkov, the United Nations under-secretary general for counterterrorism, was 'very successful'

VISIT. United Nations counterterror undersecretary general visits China, including a stop at Xinjiang region. AFP file photo

U.S. unhappy about U.N. counterterror envoy's Xinjiang visit

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:21 AM

'Such a visit is highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims,' the United States says

MUSLIM CHINA. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Wrecked mosques, police watch: A tense Ramadan in Xinjiang

Jun 09, 2019 - 12:52 AM

While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights the increasing pressure Uighurs and other ethnic minorities face

TIGHT WATCH. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Campuses not camps: China defends Xinjiang policies at UN

Mar 16, 2019 - 11:50 AM

China's vice foreign minister Le Yucheng says their 'training centers' are meant to educate and rehabilitate

UIGHURS. China defends their 'vocational training centers' from critics who say that one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic minorities are being held in detention centers in Xinjiang. File photo shows ethnic Uighurs at a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP

Xinjiang camps will 'gradually' disappear – China

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:13 PM

The chairman of the Xinjiang government says: 'Our education and training centers have been set up according to our needs. The students that come in to learn, it's a dynamic number that changes'

A Uighur delegate (C) attends the Xinjiang delegation meeting at the ongoing National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 12, 2019.  GREG BAKER / AFP

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The plight of China's Uighurs is closely followed in Turkey due to shared linguistic, cultural and religious links, and the presence of tens of thousands of ethnic Uighurs there

UIGHURS. In this file photo, Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

China rights record in spotlight at U.N. review

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:39 PM

According to estimates, as many as one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being kept in extrajudicial detention in China's fractious far western Xinjiang region

UN REVIEW. This photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows Uighurs riding through a sand storm, in China's western Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China denies internment of 1 million Uighurs

Aug 13, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Chinese authorities have long denied the existence of such camps despite mounting evidence from both official documents and testimonies from those who have been held in them

PROTEST. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Muslims in China's 'Little Mecca' fear eradication of Islam

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Locals fear there is a deliberate move to eradicate Islam in Linxia, a deeply Islamic region in western China that had offered a haven of comparative religious freedom for the ethnic Hui Muslims there

LITTLE MECCA. This picture shows an ethnic Hui Muslim man standing in front of Laohuasi Mosque after Friday prayers in Linxia, China's Gansu province. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

China in talks over military base in remote Afghanistan – officials

Feb 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The army camp will be built in Afghanistan's remote and mountainous Wakhan Corridor, where witnesses have reported seeing Chinese and Afghan troops on joint patrols

MILITARY BASE? This photograph taken on October 7, 2017 shows Afghan Wakhi nomad families travelling on yaks in the Wakhan Corridor in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. Photo by Gohar Abbas/AFP

Earthquake kills 8 in western China – report

May 11, 2017 - 1:46 PM

The shallow 5 4 magnitude quake struck south southwest of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar

6.5 magnitude quake hits China's Xinjiang region – USGS

Nov 25, 2016 - 11:18 PM

UPDATED The quake hits near the Tajik border and approximately 172 kilometers west of the Chinese city of Kashgar

FOTO: Salat Idul Adha di Masjid “Jalan Sapi” di Beijing

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:08 PM

Masjid tertua dan terbesar di ibukota Tiongkok ini dibangun pada tahun 996 di masa dinasti Liao

MASJID SAPI DI BEIJING. Umat Muslim di Beijing tengah berada di luar Masjid Niuji di ibukota Beijing untuk merayakan hari Idul Adha pada Senin, 12 September. Foto oleh Uni Lubis/Rappler

China restricts Ramadan fasting in Muslim region

Jun 06, 2016 - 8:10 PM

For years the ruling Communist party has banned government employees and minors from fasting in Xinjiang

epa04851605 Muslim devotees conduct morning prayers at the Niujie Mosque to mark Eid al-Fitr in Beijing, China, 18 July 2015. Muslims all over the world are celebrating the religious festival of Eid al-Fitr which signals the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

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China adopts first counter-terrorism law

Dec 27, 2015 - 11:03 PM

The legislation comes as Beijing wages a hard hitting campaign to stamp out ethnic violence in its Xinjiang region and tries to tighten control over political dissent online and on the ground

US CONCERNS. President Barack Obama earlier raised with President Xi Jinping US concerns about the requirements. EPA File/Fred Dufour

28 'terrorist group members' shot dead in China's Xinjiang – authorities

Nov 20, 2015 - 1:29 PM

The killings take place over the course of a 56 day manhunt following a deadly attack on a colliery in September

Ketika membakar lahan dianggap kearifan lokal

Sep 16, 2015 - 3:03 PM

Selain penegakan hukum dan mengubah paradigma dalam menjerat pelaku pembakaran hutan perlu revisi atas rumusan pasal di UU No 32 2009

RUMPUT DISIRAM. Di kawasan hutan konservasi di Xinjiang, Tiongkok, rumpun pun disirami dengan teratur. Foto oleh Arfi Bambani

Tiongkok targetkan bangun 20.000 km ‘high speed rail’

Aug 07, 2015 - 10:15 AM

Pekan depan studi kelayakan pihak Tiongkok atas pembangunan kereta api super cepat Jakarta Bandung akan rampung Konsorsium BUMN Tiongkok bersaing ketat dengan JICA dari Jepang

Di Xinjiang, usia menikah untuk perempuan adalah 18 tahun

Aug 06, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Pemerintah Tiongkok tetapkan batas minimal menikah 22 tahun untuk laki laki dan 20 tahun untuk perempuan Status khusus membuat Xinjiang boleh membuat peraturan daerah yang akomodasi budaya suku minoritas

Batas umur menikah bagi wanita di provinsi otonom Xinjiang Uighur adalah 18 tahun. Foto oleh How Hwee Young/EPA

Umat Islam Xinjiang: Kami bebas berpuasa

Aug 03, 2015 - 7:33 PM

Untuk setiap 300 umat Islam di Xinjing tersedia satu masjid Pemerintah Tiongkok membantu biayai sekolah untuk calon imam dan khotib Mereka membantu redam masuknya paham ekstrimisme dan radikal

Warga Muslim Uighur berdoa setelah salat Jumat di Kashgar, Xinjiang, Tiongkok, pada 24 Mei 2013. Foto oleh EPA/How Hwee

Report: Blatche status for Gilas in limbo

Jul 28, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Blatche s request to play for the Philippines has reportedly been denied by his CBA team

China restricts passports for Tibetans – rights groups

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:29 PM

According to a Human Rights Watch report in Tibet and Xinjiang inhabited by 10 million Uighurs officials use an older method for passport applications that requires more documents and sometimes political vetting

PASSPORT WOES. A photo made available on 23 November 2012 shows two old Chinese passports. File Photo by David Chang/EPA

At least 3 dead as 6.4 magnitude quake hits China's Xinjiang

Jul 03, 2015 - 12:56 PM

The quake is 20 kilometers deep according to USGS which initially gives the magnitude as 6 1 A series of aftershocks follows with the strongest measuring 4 8 it says

Blatche signs $7.5 million Chinese basketball mega deal

Mar 24, 2015 - 3:17 AM

The Gilas big man has signed a three year 7 5 million deal to remain with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Asociation

SHOW ME THE MONEY. Andray Blatche has signed a deal that will keep him in Asia for the next few years. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Andray Blatche to sign richest contract in CBA history

Mar 21, 2015 - 4:13 PM

The deal though yet to be disclosed is reportedly going to be the richest in the history of the CBA and “possibly in overseas basketball”

Andray Blatche of Gilas Pilipinas set to have the most lucrative deal in the Chinese Basketball Association. File photo from FIBA

China convicted more than 700 for terrorism, separatism in 2014 – court

Mar 12, 2015 - 2:50 PM

China has vowed to step up punishment of what it calls violent terrorists and is drafting its first ever anti terrorism law

In this file photo, a paramilitary guard stands inside the Beijing No.1 Detention Center in Beijing, China, 25 October 2012. Diego Azubel/EPA

Capital of China's Xinjiang to ban burqas in public – report

Dec 11, 2014 - 9:55 PM

Hundreds have died in ethnic clashes across the restive far western region in recent months with Beijing vowing to strike hard against violence

This file picture taken on on May 23, 2014 shows fully armed Chinese paramilitary police patrol a street in Urumqi, the capital of farwest China's Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/ AFP PHOTO

8 sentenced to die for attacks in China's Xinjiang – CCTV

Dec 08, 2014 - 6:21 PM

The sentences come as Beijing cracks down hard on violence in the homeland of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority

Students of Uighur scholar in secret China trial – lawyer

Nov 26, 2014 - 1:44 PM

Ilham Tohti s ex students face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty in a move seen as part of an effort to silence criticism of government policies in the far western Xinjiang region

In this file photo, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. Frederick J Brown/AFP