China has warned Switzerland that accepting two Uighurs held at Guantanamo Bay prison could affect relations, the Chinese embassy and Swiss authorities said on Thursday

Originally Published by Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 7 January 2010

“We are obliged to reiterate the Chinese position that the terrorists assumed to have Chinese nationality should be repatriated to China regardless of their ethnicity,” said the embassy in a letter to Swiss authorities.

“We absolutely do not want this affair to affect China-Swiss relations,” added the embassy in extracts of the letter seen by AFP.

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China’s Xinjiang issues new anti-terror rules: state media

Published by AFP, 6 January 2010

BEIJING — Authorities in China’s troubled Xinjiang region will step up identity checks and monitor religious activities in a renewed bid to quash terrorism, separatism and extremism, state media said Wednesday.

The announcement of new government regulations aimed at helping the police and judiciary stamp out the so-called “three forces” in the region comes six months after ethnic violence left nearly 200 people dead.

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Beijing’s ‘Ethnic Unity’ Education: Minority students from a racially charged region of China take classes on unity

Originally Published by RFA, 5 January 2010

HONG KONG—Students at a top Beijing language college who come from the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have been attending political study classes in which they are taught the official Party line on last year’s deadly ethnic violence there, a university official said.

Officials at the prestigious Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) ran a series of intensive classes during November and December to “educate” ethnic minorities from Xinjiang, mostly Muslim Uyghurs, about the clashes, in which at least 197 people died.

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Xinjiang Bans Separatist Talk: China’s restive northwest gets a new law

Originally Published by RFA, 4 January 2010

HONG KONG—Legislators in China’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have passed a new “ethnic unity” law banning pro-independence speech and writings, following last year’s deadly ethnic violence between minority Uyghurs and Han Chinese.

The “Law on Education for Ethnic Unity in Xinjiang” was voted into law by regional legislators last week, and will take effect from Feb. 1.

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Angry minority finds a voice on Chinese campus

Originally Published by The Washington Post, 4 January 2010

BEIJING — Young men climb a railing at the back for a better view, while a woman in a Muslim head scarf snaps photos on her cell phone.

Every Friday afternoon, students pack a college classroom in Beijing to catch a glimpse of the sharply dressed professor punching the air as he speaks with surprising candor about the travails of his ethnic group, the Uighurs.

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Deported Uighurs Highlight China’s Ties to Cambodia

Originally Published by World Politics Review, 4 January 2010

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Two days after Cambodia repatriated 20 Uighur asylum-seekers fleeing China, the two countries signed trade agreements worth more than $1 billion, bringing significant investment, loans and grants to the impoverished Southeast Asian nation. Both countries deny a deal was struck, but China’s growing ability to leverage its economic power in the region combined with Cambodia’s weak rule of law have observers believing otherwise.

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China sees long-term stability struggle in Xinjiang

Originally Published by The Reuters, 3 January 2010

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s restless far western region of Xinjiang will have to wage a long-term struggle to contain separatist forces and maintain stability there, the region’s top leader was quoted as saying by state media.

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THE bright winter sun bouncing off the green and gold decorated mosque in the remote northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi is deceptive

Originally Published by The Australian, 2 January 2010

It’s minus 6C as thousands of the city’s male Uighur population slip off their shoes and lay down their prayer mats for Jumu’ah, the sacrosanct Friday service.

Worshippers have been gathering for the past hour and at 2pm the Imam begins his sermon, preparing the faithful for their ritual. Men in a wide variety of hats spill beyond the front fence into the street.

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