The contemporary political history of the Xinjiang Uygur A.R.

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Amnesty report timed to hurt China in Geneva
By Jim Lobe, IPS, Asia Times, 23 April 1999. Amnesty International report on human rights violations in Xinjiang. It is meant for the UN Human Rights Commission human rights discussion, possibly in retaliation for China's criticism of the NATO attack on Kosovo [the report articulates the U.S. State Department intervention in Xinjiang].
Governor vows to crush ethnic riots
By Mary Kwang, The Straits Times, 19 August 2000. The governor of the Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture in Xinjiang takes tough stand against agitators at a time when Beijing's drive to develop China's west makes social stability crucial for investments. Xinjiang, on the border of Central Asian Muslim states, has seen incidents sparked by members of the Uighur ethnic group, aiming to split the region from China.
Police Arrest Clerics in Xinjiang
China News Digest, 14 May 2001. Seven clerics were arrested and two underground mosques destroyed in Xinjiang province due to the expending of China's Strike Hard campaign. The campaign initially targeted organized crime gangs, but was expanded to include robbery, drug trafficking, separatist activities and those who worship outside of government-approved churches.
Angry Bystanders Retaliate Police Brutality in Xinjiang
China News Digest, 25 July 2001. A policeman's brutal handling of an indivual provokes retaliation from a crowd of over 1,000 angry bystanders, who had to be dispersed by the police an hour later. In two such incidents of police brutality, the police department promises to punish the offenders if guilty.
Xinjiang Entrepreneurs Eye Rebuilding in Afghanistan
Xinhua, 11 March 2002. Afghani reconstruction a major concerns of entrepreneurs in Kashi of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region which neighbors Afghanistan. They hope to employ the abundant materials and advantages of Kashi's construction industry. China and Afghanistan enjoy friendly relations. China has decided to provide one million U.S. dollars in cash as start-up fund for the reconstruction effort of the Afghan interim government, and promised to offer another 150 million U.S. dollars in aid.