Implications of Kyrgyzstan Revolt on China’s Xinjiang Policy

Originally published by jamestown.org,16 Apr 2010

By  Russell Hsiao

Publication: China Brief Volume: 10 Issue: 8

As the political crisis in Kyrgyzstan reaches a turning point, after opposition forces seized the capital Bishkek in a bloody clash and ousted the president and his allies, Chinese leaders from regions across China have reportedly descended upon Xinjiang en masse in a rare spectacle that carried with it a heavy political undertone. The sight of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders at the top provincial party-secretary level arriving in droves in Xinjiang appears to highlight the importance that the Chinese leadership attaches to the future of this restive northwestern region in the People’s Republic that still hangs uncertainly against the backdrop of the violent Urumqi uprising last July (Ming Pao [Hong Kong], April 13).

There is little doubt that the turmoil transpiring in the neighboring Central Asian republic is on the minds of the Chinese leadership. Following the quick succession of events that eventually forced former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakyiev to flee the capital, the Chinese Foreign Ministry immediately issued a statement expressing that it “is deeply concerned” about the situation and hopes the country will restore peace soon and maintain stability. “China hopes issues will be settled in a lawful way,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular briefing. Additional reports indicate that China is suspending road and public transportation links with neighboring Kyrgyzstan (China Daily, April 8; Ming Pao, April 13; Radio Free Asia, April 13).

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ABC to screen controversial documentary

Originally published by Media Spy,16 Apr 2010

 The ABC will broadcast a controversial documentary film about the Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, dousing accusations earlier this year that the broadcaster had shelved it for fear of causing offence to China.

The 10 Conditions of Love, shot in 2009, will air at 9:30pm on Thursday 6 May on the main ABC1 channel. The film profiles the life and activism of Kadeer, and has attracted strong condemnation from the Chinese government, which has branded Kadeer a terrorist determined to foment “anti-China separatism”.

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Tibetans mourn dead as China quake toll hits 760

 Originally published by Reuters, 15 Apr 2010

By Chris Buckley

 YUSHU, China (Reuters) – Tibetans mourned their dead relatives in the stricken Chinese town of Gyegu on Friday, as the death toll from a strong earthquake earlier this week climbed to 760.

Addressing residents of Gyegu in remote and windswept Yushu county high on the Tibetan plateau late on Thursday, Premier Wen Jiabao clambered over rubble and pledged continued rescue efforts.

Survivors of Wednesday’s tremor spent the night huddled under quilts and in tents, while doctors struggled to treat the wounded in a makeshift medical center.

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April 22 US appeals court hearing for Chinese Muslim Uighurs

Originally by AFP, published by google/hostednews, 15 Apr 2010

WASHINGTON — The last five Uighur Chinese Muslims held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp are to have a court hearing next week to ask for their release on US soil after nearly a decade of detention, judicial sources said Thursday.

After a two-year legal battle, a three-member panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington ordered an April 22 hearing at which lawyers for each of the men will be allowed to speak for up to 15 minutes, court sources said.

The five men are part of an original group of 22 Uighurs arrested at the end of 2001 in the mountains of Afghanistan, and accused at the time of having Al-Qaeda ties following the September 11 attacks on the United States.

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Japan to issue visas again for Uyghur activist Kadeer, Dalai Lama

Originally by AP news, Published by BEITBART, 15 Apr 2010

TOKYO, April 15 (AP) – (Kyodo)—Japan plans to issue entry visas for Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer and Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for their respective visits planned for May and June, despite China’s demand that it refrain from doing so, government sources said Thursday.

Kadeer and the Dalai Lama, criticized by China for allegedly engaging in what it calls separatist activities, will be visiting Japan for the second time since the Democratic Party of Japan seized power from the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party in last August’s general election.

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Dutch-Chinese media not free of state censorship

Originally Published by Rnw.nl news 14 April 2010 

 By Sigrid Deters  

The riots in Xinjiang or the Dalai Lama: topics that have been subject to severe censorship in the Chinese media. In the Netherlands, it’s also difficult for Chinese-language media to handle such “sensitive” stories.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide looked at the way four Chinese-language media outlets reported events over the past year. It turns out that certain subjects are often covered from one side only, or sometimes avoided altogether.

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China steps up quake rescue effort as death toll hits 589

Originally published by Reuters,15 Apr 2010

By Lucy Hornby and Ben Blanchard

 * Thousands injured after series of quakes, aftershocks

* Schools cave in, some students trapped

* Appeal for tents in near-freezing temperatures

* Government rushes in aid, some roads and bridges damaged

BEIJING, April 15 (Reuters) – The death toll from a powerful earthquake in southwest China has risen to 589, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday, with hundreds of homes and some schools toppled in the remote mountainous Tibetan Plateau.

The agency quoted local quake-relief headquarters as giving the figure following Wednesday’s quake, which also injured thousands. The death toll had earlier stood at 400.

Hundreds of troops have been sent to Qinghai Province’s Yushu county. Xinhua said teams of rescue workers, as well as health and disease control experts had also been dispatched, together with groups tasked with detecting aftershocks.

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Dungans, Uyghurs Attacked In Northern Kyrgyz Town

Originally published by RFE/RL,9 Apr 2010

TOKMOK, Kyrgyzstan– Antigovernment protest actions in Kyrgyzstan’s northern town of Tokmok have reportedly escalated into ethnic clashes, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reports.

Groups of protesters allegedly attacked people from two ethnic minorities — Dungans and Uyghurs — and their houses, cafes, and shops.

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