China’s problems with the Uyghurs (Documentary from 2014 in HD)

For the first time, a French director-journalist will join an official trip to the heart of one of the most secret regions in China: Xinjiang. Unstable and by far the most volatile province in the country, it’s a unique opportunity to visit an area that’s normally out of bounds to tourists. Located in the far…

Pakistan’s Habib Bank sets up branch in Xinjiang| The first foreign bank from a country on the Silk Road Economic Belt to establish a branch in China.

Habib Bank Plaza in Karachi,Pakistan. Photo credit: AKDN Org Xinhua, September 21, 2016: Pakistan’s Habib Bank set up a branch in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Wednesday. The branch, unveiled at the ongoing China-Eurasia Expo, makes Habib Bank the first foreign bank from a country on the Silk Road Economic Belt to…

A thriving Muslim community in this unexpected city — By Amanda Ruggeri on BBC com|Hui Chinese Muslims in Beijiing Niu Jie and neighbourhood

Beijiing’s unexpected Muslim enclave A deep-rooted religion Despite being officially atheist, and historically most closely associated with Buddhism, China has a deep-rooted relationship with Islam, dating as far back as the 7th Century. At least 1.8% of the population, or roughly 24 million people, identify as Muslim, making China’s Muslim population roughly the size of…

Is China reviving the old Silk Road? — China Daily Mail com

After enjoying a history of about 1600 years, the Silk Road had lost out to the Southern Ocean Corridor connecting Europe and Asia. But now there are signs that the old Silk Road is being revived. The Silk Road refers to the historical network of trading routes that connected Asia with the Middle East, North…

The Aga Khan Visits Western China – AKDN Press Release

  Urumxi, China, 4 April 2012 —  His Highness the Aga Khan paid an official visit to Urumxi, China, from 2-4 April 2012, at the invitation of the Governor of the Uyghur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, Mr Nur Bekri, to discuss collaboration between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Government of Xinjiang. His Highness the…

Muslims clash with China police who destroyed mosque – Al Arabiya net News

China’s communist government monitors religious activity closely and must approve the building of all mosques, churches and other places of worship as a way to prevent their becoming centers for anti-government organizing. (AFP)   By AFP Beijing Hundreds of Muslims fought with armed police who demolished a mosque in north China, local police and a…

War on terror widens ethnic divide in China – DW World de news

The main mosque in Kashgar in China’s far western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region The filthy back alleys and packed mosques of the remote western Chinese city of Urumqi are one of the more obscure front lines in the U.S.-backed war on terror, launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Streets crawl with baton-wielding riot police…

Germany’s (DAAD) and the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) scholarship programme for graduates and doctoral students of Central Asia – Daad News

DAAD/UCA-Programme (UCA=University of Central Asia) ***** Objective The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) are carrying out a joint scholarship programme for graduates and doctoral students for the countries of Kasachstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as for countries in the catchment area of the UCA, such as Uzbekistan,…

China planning New Silk Road to Europe – People Daily com,China

  China is planning a “New Silk Road” that will run through Central Asia and continue into Europe facilitating improved transport and trade.The road will complement a planned “Silk Track” railway that will also boost connections with Europe and the countries in between, officials and experts have confirmed. Sources with the Xinjiang highway administration said…

A Jamatkhana in Tashkorgan, China – article and photos in Simerg com

  Tashkorgan in the Xinjiang Province of China is 295km (183 miles) South West of Kashgar. The town marked the end of the Silk Routes for Chinese traders arriving from Kashgar. Their goods would be transferred to caravans, which continued on to Gilgit and thence either south to the Indian Ocean along the Indus River,…

[Opinion] China building road to disaster in Gilgit-Baltistan (via PAMIR TIMES)

By Syed Iqbal Hasnain China’s high-stake poker game in Gilgit-Baltistan, a mountainous area that is part of the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, will have disastrous environmental consequences for the entire region and beyond. Reports in the local and international media indicate that, over the past few years, Beijing has been steadily undertaking many…

Oriental Music in the West:: A Creative Musical Laboratory at the Heart of Germany

Source: Qantara.de ***** The Morgenland Festival Osnabrück is setting new standards in the encounter between the West and the East. This year’s focus was the music of the Uyghurs, the Muslim minority in China. Stefan Buchen went along       “The rehearsals were even more interesting than the concerts,” says the Iranian composer Nader Mashayekhi…

New Xinjiang railway expected to boost transport to Europe, central Asia

URUMQI, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) — A railway became operational Sunday in west China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region, which is expected to boost the transportation from China to central Asia and Europe, said local railway authorities. The railway, called Second Urumqi-Jinghe Line, runs 381.5 km and links the region’s capital Urumqi and Jinghe county. It has a…