Category Archives: Uyghurs

China loses grip on Indian Ocean as economy continues to sink

Michael Sainsbury Within the high walls of Zhongnanhai, the sprawling Chinese Communist Party leadership compound in central Beijing, there would have been conniptions after Maithripala Sirisena ran over the top of incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in last Thursday’s Sri Lankan presidential elections. Democracy had punched a hole in the CCP’s Indian Ocean strategy, commonly known as

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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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Terrorist attack in Urumuqi Xinjiang, 31 dead and 90 injured

At about 8 am local time, an unknown number of assailants in two cars attacked an open air market in Urumuqi, capital of  Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. This is the third incident in as many months involving Uygurs, which include the Kunming train station knife attack  in March, and another attack on a train station in

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