Tag Archives: Tibet

Xinjiang in radical Islam’s crosshairs

The Chinese Communist Party policy towards minorities, particularly Tibetans and Uyghurs, has clearly failed. Self-immolation by Tibetans – since February 2009 133 men and women have made the ultimate political protest – and increasingly frequent attacks by Uyghurs such as the Urumqi market bombing and the Kunming train station knife massacre as well as the dud car bomb in

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Xi’s birthday present to the CCP, a fracturing nation?

Michael Sainsbury Only three days before China’s ruling Communist Party was to unleash celebrations for the 65th anniversary of their victory over the Kuomintang on October 1, 1949 its leaders got an unwelcome early birthday present from an unexpected guest. Tens of thousands of students and other supporters flooded the streets of Hong Kong once a small collection

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Tables have turned on China’s former security chief

Michael Sainsbury The imminent purge of Zhou Yongkang, China’s security chief from 2007 to 2012, brings to mind that wonderful Chinese expression: “The fish rots from the head down”. Since the major clearout after Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, Zhou is now the most senior Communist Party official to be fingered by its internal affairs

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China’s hardline ethnic assimilation policy not popular with Uighurs

Michael Sainsbury On the evening of March 1 a gang of eight people clad in black went on a violent rampage in the main railway station of Kunming, the capital of the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. Armed only with knives, they killed 29 people and injured over 140. Police shot five of the assailants,

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Tiananmen the heartland of Chinese dissent

 Michael Sainsbury Sydney In July 2009 violent riots between indigenous Uyghurs and immigrant Han Chinese immigrants in Urumqi, Xinjiang laid bare the truth of the Chinese Communist Party’s strategy of ethnic domination in the north-western Chinese province. The official death toll was close to 200 with thousands more injured. Xinjiang is the homeland of the Uyghurs, a people ethnically, linguistically

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