Evening Call: Why won’t it all just go away?

Turns out, this time around, most of us really are Brenda “not another election” from Bristol. Not everyone in the UK can be quite as  excited by the election as Jonn  (who, as he mentioned last week, has actually abandoned the New Statesman team in the middle of the election that he is so excited about). In fact, the response from
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China's internal colony

China may have interned as many as a million Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang in an attempt to suppress their desire for greater autonomy and perhaps even independence; this may just increase that desire. - 2019/03 / article , 2019/03 Uyghurs
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Leaked China documents reveal officials told to act with ‘absolutely no mercy’ in Xinjiang – NYT report

A rare and huge leak of Chinese government documents has shed new light on a security crackdown on Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, where President Xi Jinping ordered officials to act with “absolutely no mercy” against separatism and extremism, The New York Times reported. Human rights groups and outside experts say more than one million Uighurs and […] The post Leaked China documents reveal officials told to act with ‘absolutely no mercy’ in Xinjiang – NYT report appeared first on
| Law & Crime, Politics & Protest, SinoBeat |

World Bank Cuts Back Xinjiang Project Following Abuse Allegations

At The New York Times, Alan Rappeport reports that the World Bank this week announced it would scale down development work in the Xinjiang region following allegations that funds
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

An unprecedented UN critique of China’s Xinjiang policies

By Sophie Richardson, China Director Earlier this month, a dozen United Nations experts quietly issued an unprecedented and devastating assessment of the Chinese government’s counterterrorism law. Their critique highlights the way this law is being used to justify gross violations of basic rights and freedoms in Xinjiang, the western region of China. Chinese authorities have arbitrarily detained […] The post An unprecedented UN critique of China’s Xinjiang policies appeared first on Hong Kong Free Press HKFP . Author:
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US ‘deeply troubled’ by China’s treatment of Uyghurs

The US Secretary of State has said that Washington is “deeply troubled” by Beijing’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the northwest region of Xinjiang. Mike Pompeo said the Chinese government has “harassed, imprisoned, or arbitrarily detained” the family members of Uyghur Muslims who have gone public with their stories. “In some cases, these abuses occurred shortly after meetings with senior state department officials,” he added. “We once again call on Beijing to cease all harassment of Uyghurs living outside of
| Asia & Americas, China, Europe & Russia |

Egypt praises China’s ‘remarkable rights achievements’ despite Uyghur crackdown

Egypt, an ally of China, has backed a Belarus text that praises Beijing for “remarkable achievements in the field of human rights” despite increasing condemnation for its treatment of the Uyghurs in the northwest region of Xinjiang where thousands are being held in internment camps. On Tuesday, 23 nations backed a British statement condemning Beijing’s human rights record, but it was countered by 54 other countries including Pakistan, Russia, Bolivia, Serbia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. China has rounded
| Africa, Asia & Americas, Belarus |

Turkey And China Tie Themselves In Knots Over Syria And Xinjiang – Analysis

Turkey’s ambassador to China, Emin Onen, didn’t mince his words this week when he took his Chinese hosts to task The post Turkey And China Tie Themselves In Knots Over Syria And Xinjiang – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review .
| 1, Analysis, World News |

Navigating Chinese AI Research Collaboration: Cases from Australia, Microsoft

Western institutions’ AI and surveillance research ties with China, particularly those with partners implicated in ongoing rights abuses in Xinjiang, have been coming
| China & the World, Economy, Information Revolution |

Interview: ‘I’m Disappointed in Their Silence’

Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback urges the people of Muslim majority nations to pressure their governments to condemn China’s repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
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Is Xinjiang Inspiring Modi’s Crackdown in Indian Kashmir?

The ongoing crackdown by the Xi administration in the Xinjiang region has been described as an effort to “re-engineer” the Uyghur identity and as a form of “cultural genocide.”
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

US restricts visas for Chinese officials over persecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang

The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist party officials accused of being involved in the mass internment of more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang province. The restrictions, announced by the State Department on Tuesday, come a day after the US Commerce Department imposed export restrictions on American companies preventing them from selling their products – particularly face recognition and other surveillance technology – to 28 Chinese entities, including the
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US restricts visas for Chinese officials over persecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang

The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist party officials accused of being involved in the mass internment of more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang province.
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U.S. Blacklists Chinese Tech Firms Over Abuses in Xinjiang

The Trump administration is adding 28 Chinese entities including top AI companies and state security bureaus to a U.S. blacklist to block these organizations from importing American
| China & the World, Economy, Human Rights |

US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang

THE US Commerce Department announced Monday it is blacklisting 28 Chinese entities that it says are implicated in rights violations and abuses targeting Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. The post US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| China, News, Politics |

How Technology Became a “Trap” in Xinjiang

Xinjiang has been the site of a mass detention program where an estimated 1.5 million Uyghurs have been or are being held in a series of internment camps. The camps are part of a longer-running
| Human Rights, Information Revolution, Level 2 Article |

Trump raises the stakes with plan to delist Chinese firms

Author:  Sun, 2019-09-29 03:18 WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s administration is considering delisting Chinese companies from US stock exchanges, three sources briefed on the matter said, in what would be a radical escalation of US-China trade tensions. The move would be part of a broader effort to limit US investment in Chinese companies, two of the sources said. One said it was
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TikTok: Censorship and Xinjiang in “the Last Sunny Corner on the Internet”

The explosive popularity of short video platforms like Douyin and Kuaishou has brought correspondingly intense scrutiny from China’s censors. New content rules in January
| China & the World, Economy, Information Revolution |

Headlines for September 24, 2019

Greta Thunberg and Youth Activists Take On World Leaders at U.N. Climate Action Summit, Trump Admin Tells U.N. to Drop Term "Reproductive Health and Rights", Trump Ordered Hold on Ukrainian Aid Before Call with President Zelensky About Bidens, U.K. Supreme Court: Boris Johnson's Suspension of Parliament Is Unlawful, U.K., France & Germany Say Iran Responsible for Saudi Oil Attacks as Trump Addresses UNGA, Afghanistan: At Least 40 Civilians Killed by U.S.-Afghan Attack, Haiti: Senator Shoots AP Photographer in Face During
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Video Counters Beijing’s Xinjiang Narrative as Crackdown on Islam Spreads

The Guardian’s Lily Kuo reports on recently emerged drone footage of hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners being led from a train by police. The footage, which was
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The myth of China's "Great State"

The modern Chinese state claims to have always been one state with immutable borders – despite its many languages and cultures, and a Great Wall that is now in the middle of the country. Timothy Brook likes maps. He reads them with a forensic eye and interprets them with a historian’s imagination. In an earlier work, Mr Selden’s Map of
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Governmentality and the politics of exclusion in Xinjiang

CHINA is undertaking a program of mass incarceration of the Uyghur population in its far north-western province of Xinjiang (East Turkestan to Uyghurs) in a system of region-wide detention in re-education or vocational training centres. Central to the operation of what some observers have termed a ‘carceral state’ in Xinjiang has been the fusion of governmentality and a Schmittian politics of exclusion with 21st century technological innovation. The post Governmentality and the politics of exclusion in Xinjiang appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| News, China, Uighur |

Children Held in Xinjiang Amid Accusations of “Cultural Genocide”

As China accuses the U.S. of spreading “lies” about mass detention in Xinjiang after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to take the mass incarceration of Uyghurs
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

China Uses High-Tech to Monitor Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Religious Freedoms Group Says

Phone apps, cameras, and DNA collection wrap a tight net around the region's ethnic Uyghurs, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom says.
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Sharper Eyes: Shandong to Xinjiang (Part 3)

This is the third part of CDT’s Sharper Eyes series. See also “Surveilling the Surveillers (Part 1)” and “Sharp Eyes Project Map (Part 2).” In previous
| CDT Highlights, Information Revolution, Level 2 Article |

Saving face: Facial payments come to Chinese shoppers

Author:  Thu, 2019-09-05 01:17 BEIJING: No cash, no cards, no wallet and no smartphones: China’s shoppers are increasingly purchasing goods with just a turn of their heads as the country embraces facial payment technology. China’s mobile payment infrastructure is one of the most advanced in the world, but the new systems — which require only face recognition — being
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World Bank says ‘no indication’ China misused loan for Uighur schools

THE WORLD BANK said Thursday it is again reviewing a loan to China to provide vocational education to the Muslim Uighur minority, but has "no indication" the funds were used for anything other than schooling. The post World Bank says ‘no indication’ China misused loan for Uighur schools appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| China, Culture, Education |

Diverging Gulf Responses to Kashmir and Xinjiang Ripple Across Asia

by James M. Dorsey Recent diametrically opposed responses to repression of Muslims by China, India and other Asian countries highlight deep differences among Gulf states that ripple across Asia. The different responses were evident in Gulf reactions to India’s unilateral… Continue Reading  
| China, India, Qatar |

China's missing million: the search for disappeared Uyghurs

China is believed to have detained one million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a dystopian network of “re-education” camps. For relatives in the West, it feels like they disappeared into thin air.  When Aiziheer Ainiwaer talks about his father, Ainiwa Niyazi, he paints him as a comedian and the joker of his friendship group. He
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Uyghur activists welcome Qatar withdrawal from support for China crackdown

Qatar has withdrawn its support for China detaining Uyghur Muslims despite initially being among 37 mainly Muslim majority countries which supported the crackdown as a necessary counter-terror measure. The countries, which included Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Bahrain, signed a letter to the UN on 12 July which defended China’s round-up of some two million Uyghur Muslims and commended China’s achievements in the field of human rights. China faces increasing condemnation for its treatment of Uyghurs in the
| Asia & Americas, China, International Organisations |

The Kashmir Crisis Spotlights What a Civilizational World Looks Like

by James M. Dorsey India’s decision to deprive Kashmir of its autonomy, alongside a clampdown in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang and US-backed Israeli annexation of Arab land, is the latest indication of what a new world order… Continue Reading  
| India, civilizationalism, James Dorsey |

Twitter Helped Chinese Government Promote Disinformation on Repression of Uighurs

Promoted tweets from a state-run news outlet distort the position of Uighurs in the western province of Xinjiang. The post Twitter Helped Chinese Government Promote Disinformation on Repression of Uighurs appeared first on The Intercept .
| Technology, World |

Dissident author Ma Jian: "We used all our strength to tell Hongkongers what loomed ahead"

The Chinese author and activist on living with hope, surveillance and repression. I'm standing in a mid-summer downpour in northwest London interpreting for a Chinese dissident novelist and the lorry driver charged with delivering a skip on to the Ma household driveway. “Tell ‘im I’m worried I’ll knock his fence over mate,” yells the bear-sized man from the truck’s cabin.
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Interview: 'Anyone Resisting Orders Will be Sent to a Concentration Camp'

A Han Chinese woman who recently escaped from the northwestern region of Xinjiang says resident Han Chinese are also threatened with the camps, while cities have been divided into prison-like compounds.
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Shifting Sands: Chinese Encroachment in Central Asia and Challenges to U.S. Supremacy in the Gulf

by James M. Dorsey China and Russia are as much allies as they are rivals. A joint Tajik-Chinese military exercise in a Tajik region bordering on China’s troubled north-western region of Xinjiang suggests that increased Chinese-Russian military cooperation has not… Continue Reading  
| Central Asia, China, Russia |

Let’s Get into a Fight About Foreign Policy

Pity the poor optimist who was hoping to see Joe Biden or Kamala Harris tested on a core component of the job they’re seeking. The president of the United States, as the country’s primary representative abroad, commander of the armed forces, and overseer of all ambassadorial relations, has extraordinary power to shape global affairs. But on Wednesday night, as in the past three debates, a shockingly small portion of time and questioning was given over to matters of foreign policy.
| Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Democratic Party |

Let’s Get Into a Fight About Foreign Policy

Pity the poor optimist who was hoping to see Joe Biden or Kamala Harris tested on a core component of the job they’re seeking. The president of the United States, as the country’s primary representative abroad, commander of the armed forces, and overseer of all ambassadorial relations, has extraordinary power to shape global affairs. But on Wednesday night, as in the past three debates, a shockingly small portion of time and questioning was given over to matters of foreign policy.
| Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Democratic Party |

Experts Doubt Xinjiang Camp Release Claims

The Xinjiang region has been the site of a mass detention program where an estimated 1.5 million Uyghurs have been or are being held in a series of internment camps. While authorities
| Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article |

MPs can no longer hide from the mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims in China

Over the last three years, the Chinese government has subjected 13 million ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims to repressive surveillance and mass arbitrary detention. This week saw a change of Prime Minister and all the inevitable media fanfare that comes with it. Yet while Westminster remains caught in a fractious and acrimonious deadlock, there are pressing issues abroad which need attention.
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Brazil Is a Bigger Threat Than Either Iran or China

As the manufactured crisis rumbles along with Iran, now ensnaring the United Kingdom , Washington policymakers are increasingly focused on another long-term threat: China. Last week, The New York Times reported that Democrats and Republicans have united on a new red scare in Washington. Pete Buttigieg has described China producing an “ international expansion of authoritarian capitalism .” Elizabeth Warren has said that China has “ weaponized its economy. ” John Bolton has said that China and the United States’ conflict has elements
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Child Separation & Prison Camps: China's Campaign Against Uyghur Muslims Is "Cultural Genocide"

Chinese authorities have been accused of systematically separating Muslim children from their families in the far western region of Xinjiang. According to a new report commissioned by the BBC, China is rushing to build boarding schools where children, mostly from the Uyghur community, are deliberately removed from their families, as well as their language and culture. This comes as an estimated 1 million adults from the Uyghur community are being imprisoned in camps that China claims are "vocational training centers"
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China’s treatment of the Uighurs should be called what it is: cultural genocide

IN China’s far western region of Xinjiang, Chinese Communist Party officials are persecuting one of the worst human rights abuses of our time, what I labelled an act of cultural genocide in last week’s ABC Four Corners report. The post China’s treatment of the Uighurs should be called what it is: cultural genocide appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| China, Culture, Insights |

White Paper Claims Xinjiang “Inseparable” Part of China

Reuters’ David Stanway reports on a new white paper titled “Historical Matters Concerning Xinjiang,” published by China’s State Council Information
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

Google Faces New Wave of Scrutiny Over China Ties

After months of mounting scrutiny of American companies’ involvement with Chinese AI and surveillance technology, and particularly its deployment in Xinjiang, the spotlight
| China & the World, Economy, Information Revolution |

Saudi Arabia defends letter backing China’s Xinjiang policy

Saudi Arabia on Thursday defended signing a letter along with 36 other countries in support of China’s policies in its western region of Xinjiang, where the United Nations says at least 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims have been detained, Reuters reports. China has been widely condemned for setting up detention complexes in remote Xinjiang. It describes them as “education training centres” helping to stamp out extremism and give people new skills. Last week nearly two dozen nations at
| Asia & Americas, China, International Organisations |

Xinjiang Update, by Godfree Roberts

THE PROBLEM Uyghur terrorists have killed 1200 Chinese in the past ten years and, since 2014, more than 1,500 terrorist gangs have been destroyed, 13,000 terrorists arrested and 2,000 explosive devices seized in Xinjiang. In 2015, China passed its Counter-terrorism Law, which allows Beijing to take all necessary measures to put down any activities or...
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Four Corners exposé shows why you might be wearing slave-made clothes

WITH China’s western-most province of Xinjiang being turned into a mass internment camp, Monday's ABC Four Corners program reported on the Chinese Communist Party’s alleged plans to put up to a million detained Uyghurs to work. The post Four Corners exposé shows why you might be wearing slave-made clothes appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| All of Asia, Australia, China |

China’s economy growth cools further amid US tariff war

Author:  AP ID:  Mon, 2019-07-15 02:23 BEIJING: China’s economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington. The world’s second-largest economy grew 6.2 percent over a year ago, down from the previous
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