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Young Uighur boys display their switch-blades while posing with a girl holding a soccer ball in Hotan, located in China's far west Xinjiang Region, in October 2006. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Image) [-]

China Imposes ‘Core Socialist Values’ in Muslim Uighur Elementary Schools

The Global Times, house organ of the Chinese Communist Party, cheerfully reported on Wednesday that students at the No. 7 Elementary School of Kuqa County have been “encouraged to learn Chinese calligraphy and read classical Chinese literature as part of a program to boost traditional Chinese culture and core socialist values.” What makes this interesting is that Kuqa County is located in the restless Xinjiang province, home of the Uighur Muslim minority.

KASHGAR, CHINA - JULY 31: Chinese soldiers march in front of the Id Kah Mosque, China's largest, on July 31, 2014 in Kashgar, China. China has increased security in many parts of the restive Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region following some of the worst violence in months in the Uyghur dominated area. (Photo by Getty Images)

Knife Massacre: ‘Thugs’ Kill Five in Western Chinese Muslim Region

Police killed three armed “thugs” in China’s western Xinjiang province this week after the still-unnamed suspects stabbed five people to death and injured five others. Chinese officials have yet to identify their motive, though the incident occurred in a region known to host a violent Muslim separatist movement.

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China Denies Ordering Citizens in Muslim Western Region to Hand Over Passports

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper ran an article this week announcing that citizens of its western, largely Muslim province of Xinjiang were required to hand over their passports. The news went around the world before the Times apparently deleted the article and published a correction claiming the ordinance only affects citizens “suspected of having links to terrorism.”

Chinese Muslims gather at the Nan Guan mosque for the Eid morning prayers during the sacrificial Eid al-Adha festival in Yinchuan, northern China's Ningxia province on September 24, 2015. Muslims across the world celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God. AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HIN (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)

China Touts Ramadan Events in Beijing After Muslim Crackdown in West

Chinese state propaganda outlets are making a valiant push to convince the world that Muslims in China enjoy religious freedom, touting Ramadan services in Beijing, while children and Communist Party officials are banned from the traditional fast in western Xinjiang province, home to the nation’s Muslim Uighur minority.

CHINA, HOTAN : This photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows Uighur men praying in a mosque in Hotan, in China's western Xinjiang region. Chinese authorities have restricted expressions of religion in Xinjiang in recent years such as wearing veils, fasting during Ramadan and young men growing beards, sparking widespread resentment. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER

China Pushes ‘Ethnic Unity’ in Restless Uighur Capital

China’s Communist government is attempting to pacify the restless Xinjiang region, home of the largely Muslim Uighur minority, with a “year of ethnic unity progress,” while also expressing outrage that a Uighur leader received a human-rights award in Washington this week.

China Commits Warship, Special Forces to Joint Exercises with Asian Rivals

Is Islamic State Cornering China into a Military Role in the Middle East?

Having involved most Middle Eastern nations, Russia, and the United States in its apocalyptic war in Syria, the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) appears determined to force China to establish a presence in the region, also, threatening the Asian nation in a new video and boasting of the murder of a Chinese citizen last week.

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Turkish President Calls for More Trade in China amid Uyghur Tensions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is currently in Beijing, where he met with President Xi Jinping on Wednesday and called for the expansion of bilateral trade. While Chinese state media attempted to make trade the center of the meeting, the international community watched for signs of tension between the two nations given Turkey’s support of China’s Uyghur minority.

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Turkey Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ over China’s Ramadan Ban

The Turkish government has upset Chinese diplomats after Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed “deep concern” over efforts in China to eliminate the observation of the holy month of Ramadan and bans in particular on Communist Party members fasting during the day, as is traditional during the holiday.

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Report: Police Attacked in China’s Muslim Xinjiang Territory during Ramadan, 18 Dead

A combined bomb and knife attack at a security checkpoint in western Xinjiang province has left at least 18 Chinese nationals dead, according to a Radio Free Asia report. The attack in the heavily Muslim-populated region, about which the Chinese government has offered sparse details, may be in retaliation for extreme religious restrictions during the holy month of Ramadan.

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China Sentences Couple to Prison for Beard and Burqa

A Chinese couple has been sentenced to spend years in prison for wearing overtly Islamic fashions in the western Chinese city of Xinjiang. Chinese authorities sentenced the man to six years for sporting a beard and the woman to two years for wearing a burqa.

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Life in Urumqi, China’s Uyghur Capital

In Urumqi, the capital of China’s northwestern province Xinjiang, residents are still recovering from a violent riot five summers ago between the minority Turkic Muslims — the Uighurs — and the majority Han people.

China Passes Burqa Ban in its Largest Muslim City

The Chinese regional government of Xinjiang, the nation’s westernmost province, has approved a ban on burqas in its capital, Urumqi. The capital is the nation’s most Muslim-populated city; the law would prevent women from wearing the garment in public.