July 12, 2009 |
China released a breakdown of the death toll from communal rioting, saying most of the 184 killed were Han, the majority Chinese ethnic group -- an announcement that only fueled suspicion among Turkic Muslim Uighurs that the toll is distorted. The New China News Agency said 137 victims of the violence in the western Xinjiang region were Han, 46 were Uighurs and one was a Hui, another Muslim group. Uighurs on the streets of the Xinjiang regional capital, Urumqi, and exiled activists disputed the figures, saying many more Uighurs died.
July 11, 2009 |
Wearing a dirty striped T-shirt, scuffed loafers and dusty cargo pants, Liu Xiuyi arrived in Urumqi last week after a 56-hour train ride that took him from the east coast to the farthest reaches of China's northwest. Like the young Americans who in the 19th century followed Horace Greeley's imperative to "Go west, young man," the 26-year-old Liu left home in search of a job, space and opportunity.
July 8, 2009 |
Chinese President Hu Jintao cut short his state visit to Italy, which included plans to participate in the Group of 8 summit, to return home today because of protests in Urumqi that raised the specter of more ethnic violence. State news media said Hu left for home to address the unrest in northwestern China's Xinjiang region and would forgo the G-8 summit this week in the Italian city of L'Aquila.
March 31, 2009 |
The clock in the lobby of the International Hotel shows it is almost 11 p.m., too late for dinner and bad news for two hungry travelers. Not to worry. Take an underpass to cross the wide main street of China's westernmost city, turn down a dusty alley of crumbling ocher storefronts that opens up into a lively public square behind a mosque. Families with children are watching television at an open-air restaurant. The scent of cumin wafts from a grill where lamb sizzles on skewers.
July 10, 2008 |
As Dechan Pemba left her apartment Tuesday morning, seven or eight government security officials surrounded her, she says, including some who apparently had been waiting in her landlord's apartment. The 30-year-old ethnic Tibetan, a British national who is a part-time English teacher, tried to explain that she was running late, but they insisted that she return to her apartment to talk, saying it would take only 20 minutes. Instead, the two-year Beijing resident says, they held her for 4 1/2 hours, then she was unceremoniously put aboard an airplane, deported and told she couldn't return for five years.
April 11, 2008 |
The Chinese government said Thursday that it had busted an Islamic terrorist ring that intended to stage suicide bombings and kidnap athletes, tourists and journalists to sabotage the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Public Security Ministry said 45 people from two terrorism cells in and around Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang region, were arrested in January and last week. Ministry officials said authorities had seized explosives, poisons, detonators and literature calling for a jihad, or holy war.
October 23, 2006 |
HOTAN, CHINA -- Mullah Masude, 63, removes his shoes and gingerly navigates an expanse of cheap carpeting in the Jaman mosque's main worship area before climbing a set of rickety steps to the roof. Powered by a good set of lungs and lots of practice, the cleric belts out the afternoon call to prayer. Despite his best efforts, the chant is all but drowned out by the din of a single-stroke tractor engine and a passing bus.
October 2, 2005 |
The eviction notice gave them one week to get out. Residents, many of them retirement age with nowhere else to go, stayed put and tried in vain to stop the demolition crew. "They hired more than a dozen thugs to tear down the houses while the people were still inside," said He Mulan, 63, one of the holdouts in the clash last summer. "One man had his ribs broken trying to protect his mother." Housing relocations have become a major source of social tension in China.
March 11, 2004 |
Bai Yiben worked hard to build up his property development business after retiring from a state-owned textile company in 1992, saving every penny and plowing it back into the company. After years of struggling, his firm turned the corner in 2000. His newfound wealth didn't go unnoticed. Powerful officials linked to China's military and Communist Party decided they wanted the fruits of his labor, family members charge.