Word of the Week: “U-lock” (U型锁, U-xíngsuǒ)

This month, there have been a number of incidents—some major and some minor—that illustrate the “U-lock” mentality, a phrase that is sometimes used as shorthand to describe vitriolic xenophobic (particularly anti-Japanese)...

Has Beijing’s Xinjiang Approach Changed?

Days of unrest in several areas of Xinjiang prompted Chinese officials to order a 24-hour military patrol in some parts of the region over the weekend, with authorities confirming that police even fired shots at a large crowd of...

Xinjiang Authorities: Police Fired at Uyghur Protestors

Local authorities in Xinjiang have confirmed that police on Friday fired at up to 400 ethnic Uyghurs protesting the arrest of a young religious leader and closure of a mosque near the town of Hotan, according to Radio Free Asia:...

Violence Erupts Anew in Xinjiang

Just after riots in Turpan, Xinjiang killed 35 people, unrest broke out in southern Xinjiang. The unrest comes ahead of the fourth anniversary of violent riots in Urumqi, the regional capital, in which close to 200 people died....

Death Toll Rises to 35 in Xinjiang Violence

The death toll from riots in Xinjiang on Wednesday morning has risen to 35, according to Xinhua News, which called the incident a “violent terrorist attack:” The attack occurred at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday in Lukqun...

Ministry of Truth: Xinjiang Violence

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry...

27 Dead in Xinjiang Violence (Updated)

Xinhua reports that 27 people were killed in riots in Xinjiang on Wednesday morning: The riots happened at around 6 a.m. in Lukqun township of Shanshan County in Turpan Prefecture. Knife-wielding mobs attacked the...

Riot After Chinese Teachers Try to Stop Gaokao Cheating

Corruption surrounding China’s college entrance exam (gaokao)—the world’s largest standardized test—has long been noted, and every year schemes to cheat on this future-determining rite of passage become widely...

Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series (21)

In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “Beijing Internet Instructions” series to the Censorship Vault. These directives were originally published on (Participate) and date from 2005...

Thousands of Chinese Protest after Traffic Accident

According to reports, a traffic accident during a police chase in Fuan, Fujian, led to a riot by thousands of residents. AP reports: Residents said police were stopping cars and checking people for driving after drinking on...



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