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Xinjiang Energy Risk Rises


China's energy risk grows with reliance on Xinjiang.

Young Uyghurs Rise to Protest

What Listeners Are Saying

Callers to RFA hotlines talk about the deadly ethnic clashes in Urumqi, and the government's response.

On Sunday, July 5, Radio Free Asia illustrated its coverage of demonstrations and clashes in Urumqi with a photo sent to us by a listener. The caption erroneously reported that the photo showed “cordons of Chinese riot police facing demonstrators in Urumqi, July 5.” This photo in fact showed cordons of Chinese riot police in Shishou, Hubei province, on June 26. It appeared on the Nanfang Weekly Web site and was reproduced by Sina.com to illustrate the clashes there. RFA editors regret this error.


Media Strategy in Xinjiang


Chinese authorities learned a lot in 2008 about how to manage media during a crisis. In the Xinjiang riots, they put it to use.

Who Will Succeed Kim?


In highly secretive North Korea, not even the inner-circle cognoscenti are sure who the country's next leader will be.

Uyghur Scholar's Release Sought


A Chinese writer petitions for the release of a prominent Uyghur economist detained after riots in China’s ethnically divided northwest.

China Detains Reporters in Urumqi


After days of ethnic violence in Xinjiang's capital, Chinese authorities detain several journalists covering the unrest.

Urumqi: a Quiet "Open Prison"


A man contacted by RFA in Urumqi tells about his fears while the official Chinese media strive to portray a city under control and life back to normal.

Exiled Leader Blames China


A prominent exile Uyghur leader says China prompted violent ethnic clashes in the country’s northwest.

Clampdown on Uyghur Cities


Chinese security forces crack down on cities with large Uyghur populations.

Outspoken Economist Presumed Held


An outspoken economist belonging to the Uyghur ethnic minority is presumed to be detained after police surrounded his home in Beijing.

China Curbs, Blocks Web Sites


Deadly ethnic tensions in northwestern China may pose the biggest challenge yet to the country's vast censorship infrastructure.

Police Reinforced in Urumqi


Chinese paramilitary police move into a tense and battle-scarred city after deadly clashes.

1989 Leader Slams Crackdown


Tiananmen Square protest leader Wu’er Kaixi, who gave the world its first glimpse of China's Uyghur minority, speaks out again.

Armed Mobs Throng Urumqi


Witnesses say thousands of armed Han Chinese are on the streets of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's capital vowing revenge after a deadly clash.

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