The “Ground Zero Mosque”: The View from China

I spent about an hour yesterday at China’s biggest mosque, which is located not in Beijing or Urumuqi, but in Xi’an, the hub of Shaanxi province and the gateway to the West.  I had been thinking over in my amateur way a few issues relating to Islam recently and, after gathering in the preparation for a call to prayer near one side of the mosque … Continue reading The “Ground Zero Mosque”: The View from China

Hu Jintao in Xinjiang

Hu in first visit to Xinjiang since deadly rioting Ivan Zhai ; Additional reporting by Reuters, Associated Press South China Morning Post 26 Aug 2009 President Hu Jintao has visited Xinjiang for the first time since the deadly riots in Urumqi early last month and claimed victory against the “ three forces” of separatism, terrorism and extremism. Almost 200 people died and more than 2,000 … Continue reading Hu Jintao in Xinjiang