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 .
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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 .
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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
| Foreign Affairs, Politics, Foreign Policy |

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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China Rebuked by 22 Nations Over Xinjiang

More than 20 countries have issued a joint statement this week condemning China’s mass detention program in Xinjiang in what is the first concerted international effort to
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

Malaysians Ask China To Free Uyghurs, Close The Camps

By Gulnaz Uighur Muslims are standing up for Uyghurs, protests held in Malaysia. 5th of July could be just like another day for people but for Uyghurs, it brings back dark memories of a bloody past. This day, in 2009, thousands of Uyghur students were massacred by Chinese police in Urumqi. These young students were […] The post Malaysians Ask China To Free Uyghurs, Close The Camps appeared first on MuslimMatters.org .
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Ten Years Later: The Urumqi Riots Marked a Turning Point

Ten years ago on July 5, 2009, riots broke out in Urumqi, Xinjiang, in response to a conflict between Uyghur and Han workers in Guangdong. Two Uyghur workers were killed by an angry mob
| Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article |

Xinjiang is a good place

Somalia is a country with a 100% Muslim population; I would like to introduce the situation of Xinjiang, China, to Somali friends. A popular song in China is “Xinjiang is a good place”. Indeed, Xinjiang is a beautiful place with 1.66 million square kilometers. It is rich in resources, products, oil, grapes, melons, red dates […]
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Spyware Used on Phones at Xinjiang Border

The ongoing mass detentions in Xinjiang are accompanied by an intense security and surveillance program across the region. In 2017, for example, some Urumqi residents were reportedly
| China & the World, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article |

Research Challenges Official Picture of Xinjiang Camps

As part of the Chinese government’s response to international criticism of its mass detention program in Xinjiang, authorities have defended the internment camps as legal
| China & the World, Human Rights, Law |

Faces for cookware: data collection industry flourishes as China pursues AI ambitions

Fri, 2019-06-28 23:06 PINGDINGSHAN: In a village in central China’s Henan province, amid barking dogs and wandering chickens, villagers gather along a dirt road to trade images of their faces for kettles, pots and tea cups. At the front of the line, a woman stands in front of a camera zip-tied to a tripod. She holds a photograph of her head with the eyes and the nose cut out in front
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Uyghurs, Political Islam & the BRI, by Godfree Roberts

Since our media have confined themselves to unsupported allegations, I’ve collected several first-hand accounts of happenings in Xinjiang, an area of China I myself have never visited. Many Chinese consider Uyghurs the descendants of a marooned, white imperialist army living on land that was China’s long before they arrived. Edgar Snow[1] visited Xinjiang in 1937...
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The Depressing Reality Behind Hong Kong’s Protests

The images from Hong Kong over the past two weeks were stunning. On Sunday, June 15, one million Hong Kong residents flooded the downtown streets, demanding that city authorities scrap a bill which would allow mainland China’s communist government to extradite fugitives from the semi-autonomous region. Protesters feared that Beijing would use the law to pursue political targets, effectively ending Hong Kong’s special status as a haven for dissidents and political freedoms. After days of clashes between protesters and police,
| Foreign Affairs, Beijing, China |

UN Terrorism Chief Criticized for Trip to Xinjiang

China has been condemned internationally for the forced internment of an estimated one to 1.5 million Uyghurs in political “re-education” camps in Xinjiang. Beijing has consistently
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

Big trouble in little China: Hong Kongers defy the government and Beijing

Faith in the “one country, two systems” arrangement, which promises Hong Kong a “high degree of autonomy” from China is waning, culminating in mass protests over the extradition bill.  It all began with a murder. In February 2018, a young woman on holiday from Hong Kong was found strangled and stuffed inside a suitcase near a metro station in Taipei. Her boyfriend,
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The Failure to Define Fascism Today

“You can’t define it as good or bad,” Caio Mussolini, great-grandson of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, told reporters on May 8, discussing fascism during his run for the European Parliament. Fascism was a “complicated, nuanced period.” It’s not the first time the dictator’s progeny have defended him. Last October, granddaughter Alessandra Mussolini, a member of European Parliament, threatened on Twitter to “monitor” and “bring to court” anyone who disrespected the memory of her grandfather. In April, she tangled with Jim
| Foreign Affairs, Politics, Fascism |

China: 58 Uyghur Journalists Detained

News NGO Uyghur Human Rights Project has recently revealed that 58 journalists from the Xinjiang region are being detained, bringing Reporters Without Borders’ total count to 111 detainees in China. NGO Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), part of the Uyghur American Association (UAA), has
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The night the lights went out: what really happened in Tiananmen Square

Thirty years on, the events that took place in Beijing remain misunderstood – and the Chinese government wants to keep it that way.  During the hot night of 3 June 1989, an announcement blared from the loudspeakers in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Metallic, epicene, it sounded like the patter of a hypnotist: “Go home and save your lives. You are
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Rihanna: Seven tips for your move to London

Please help yourself to a Greggs sausage roll, a permanent state of dread, and the following advice for living in London.  Why anyone would want to move to the most expensive city in this drizzly, poorly written soap of a country is beyond me. Nevertheless, welcome, Rihanna . Please help yourself to a Greggs sausage roll, a permanent state of
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The Taint of Guantánamo: Uighurs in Albania and Bermuda Seek Permission to Join Their Families in Canada

Following up on a recent Canadian news report about three former Guantánamo prisoners — Uighurs (from China's oppressed Xinjiang province), who were resettled in Albania and Bermuda. They are seeking permission from the Canadian government to join their wives and children, who are all Canadian nationals, but are finding that discredited allegations from Guantánamo continue to haunt them.
| Children in Guantanamo, Guantanamo, Guantanamo lawyers |

US-China relations near new low amid trade battle

Author:  Sat, 2019-05-11 18:44 WASHINGTON: The US and China have gone through rough patches before. The American public recoiled — and the US government imposed sanctions — after the People’s Liberation Army slaughtered hundreds of civilians in the streets of Beijing in June 1989, crushing the Tiananmen Square protests. Ordinary Chinese were outraged 10 years later when the Americans bombed China’s
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Firsthand Accounts From Xinjiang Camps

A massive, long-running security crackdown in Xinjiang has included the detention of an estimated 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a series of internment camps
| Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article |

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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China, Russia and the return of the civilisational state

Such states define themselves not as nations but civilisations – in opposition to the liberalism and global market ideology of the West. The 20th century marked the downfall of empire and the triumph of the nation state. National self-determination became the prime test of state legitimacy, rather than dynastic inheritance or imperial rule. After the Cold War, the dominant elites in
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