Friday, May 5, 2017
Bans on “abnormal” beards and even the name “Muhammad”
CHINESE officials describe the far western province of Xinjiang as a “core area” in the vast swathe of territory covered by the country’s grandiose “Belt and Road Initiative” to boost economic ties with Central Asia and regions beyond. They hope that wealth generated by the scheme will help to make Xinjiang more stable—for years it has been plagued by separatist violence which China says is being fed by global jihadism. But the authorities are not waiting. In recent months they have intensified their efforts to stifle the Islamic identity of Xinjiang’s ethnic Uighurs, fearful that any public display of their religious belief could morph into militancy.
Monday, December 16, 2013
BEIJING Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:46am EST
(Reuters) - Chinese police shot and killed 14 people during a riot near the old Silk Road city of
in which two policemen were also killed, the local government said on Monday,
the latest unrest in a region that has a substantial Muslim population. Kashgar
Describing the incident which happened late on Sunday, Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stopped short of directly blaming Islamist militants but said a "violent terror gang" attacked police with explosives.