China Moves to Calm Restive Xinjiang Region

The New York Times, 31 May 2014

BEIJING — As the Communist Party struggles to tamp down a deadly wave of ethnic violence in Xinjiang, the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, has called for tighter state control over religion and for better assimilating Uighurs into Chinese society, including moving more Uighurs from Xinjiang to other parts of China, where they can live among the Han, the nation’s dominant ethnic group.

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Xi calls for greater religious tolerance, more local jobs in Xinjiang

SCMP, 31 May 2014

A push for more local jobs and legal channels for pursuing religious beliefs were among the measures announced at a national Xinjiang affairs meeting that ended yesterday.

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The alarming rhetoric of China’s war on terror

The Washington Post, 31 May 2014

In a speech this week, China’s President Xi Jinping addressed the challenges Beijing faces in its own war on terror. A grisly May 22 attack in Urumqi, capital of the far-western region of Xinjiang, had led to 39 dead and nearly 100 injured.

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UPDATE 1-China’s Xi vows to address poverty, ethnic unity in troubled Xinjiang

Reuters, 31 May 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to alleviate poverty and improve ethnic unity in restive Xinjiang, the most direct indication yet that China’s leaders want to address the causes of violence in the remote western region.

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China mobilises one lakh citizen army to get information on terror

The Economic Times, 31 May 2014

BEIJING: Chinese police have mobilised one lakh-strong citizen army here with monetary rewards to gather intelligence against potential terror attacks as part of national anti-terrorism campaign, according to media reports.

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China’s Xi vows to address poverty in Xinjiang

The Nation, 31 May 2014

BEIJING : Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to alleviate poverty and improve ethnic unity in restive Xinjiang, the most direct indication yet that China’s leaders want to address the causes of violence in the remote western region.

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China to try eight people over deadly Tiananmen attack

BBC News, 31 May 2014

Eight people have been indicted in China over a “terror attack” in Beijing when a car ploughed into a crowd at Tiananmen Square and caught fire. The authorities blamed Muslim Uighur separatists for the incident last October which killed two bystanders and the three people inside the vehicle.

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Uyghurs, Terrorism, and Civil Rights

The Diplomat, 31 May 2014

Writing for the Los Angeles Review of Books, James Millward of Georgetown University takes a deeper look at the issues in Xinjiang. “Beijing has two problems with the Uyghurs,” he writes: terrorism and civil rights.

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