Uyghur Scholar Slams Exit Ban

Original published RFA,28 Apr 2010

By Mihray Abdilim

HONG KONG—An ethnic Uyghur scholar based in Beijing has lashed out in an open letter and an interview at Chinese authorities for preventing him from traveling to Turkey to deliver a lecture.

Ilham Tohti, an outspoken economist who has often clashed openly with Chinese authorities, accused Beijing of operating “in flagrant violation of the law to maintain ‘social order.’”

But by eroding what is fair and just, Chinese authorities are causing greater harm to the country’s social fabric, he said in the letter, published on his Web site, www.uyghurbiz.net, which is blocked inside China.

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Activists campaign for jailed Chinese Christian

Article Link,28 April 2010

 Rights groups in London are stepping up their campaign on behalf of the jailed Chinese Christian Alimujiang Yimiti following the rejection in March of his appeal against a 15-year prison sentence.

The US group ChinaAid is organizing a worldwide petition which it hopes will attract a million signatures to put pressure on the Chinese government for the release of Alimujiang, a Uyghur from Xinjiang province who converted to Christianity in 1995.

He was detained in January 2008 and sentenced late last year for allegedly providing state secrets to overseas organizations. His lawyer, Li Dunyong, denies the charge and says his “offence” was talking to Christians from the US. His wife has not been allowed to visit him in prison and he has reportedly been beaten.

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Secrets Law To Apply Online

Originally published by RFA,28 Apr 2010

By Xi Wang and Bat Zimuk

HONG KONG—Chinese lawmakers are drafting a new state secrets law that will, if passed, require Internet service providers to release information about anyone who uses their networks to leak sensitive material.

“They want to use the this law to force telecommunications and Internet companies to cooperate with the Chinese authorities in exposing the identities of people leaking state secrets,” said Vincent Brossel of the Paris-based press freedom group, Reporters Without Borders.

The proposed new law will eventually replace the current State Secrets Law, which took effect May 1, 1989.

The law is largely being updated to cater to controls of information online, and will affect netizens, Internet service providers, and cybercafes across the country, which will be required to report anyone found to be leaking a “state secret” online.

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Chinese Spying in the United States

Originally published by The New American, 27 April 2010

By Alex Newman    

A secret FBI videotape showing the transfer of classified military documents to a communist Chinese agent was released in February to the world, providing a brief peek at the shadowy world of espionage against America. Pentagon analyst Gregg Bergersen with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency is shown receiving a wad of bills and telling People’s Republic of China spy Tai Shen Kuo that he’s “very reticent” to let him have the information “because it’s all classified.”

The documents included sensitive material about weapons sales to Taiwan — a U.S. ally, which the communist regime considers a breakaway province to be conquered eventually — and details of a communications system. Bergersen told Kuo: “You can take all the notes you want … but if it ever fell into the wrong hands … then I would be fired for sure. I’d go to jail because I violated all the rules.” He was eventually convicted and sentenced to five years, while Kuo received a 15-year sentence. The investigation also identified other sources who were providing secrets about American space and naval technology to the PRC.

In February, another Chinese spy was sentenced to 15 years in jail for stealing sensitive secrets from his former employers — Boeing and Rockwell International — and passing them to the communist regime. Engineer Dongfan “Greg” Chung reportedly gave up trade secrets about American space shuttles, military aircraft, and even the Delta IV rocket. Though Chung was 73 years old, the judge said he handed out the possible life sentence as a message to the Chinese government: “Stop sending your spies here.”

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US judge ‘scoffs’ as he suggests Bermuda as a possible destination for more Uighurs

Originally published by The Royal Gazette,26 Apr 2010

By Amanda Dale

 A US Court of Appeals judge has sarcastically suggested Bermuda would be “a really good deal” as a destination for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Federal judge A. Raymond Randolph made the remark on hearing the five Uighurs want to settle in another location rather than the Pacific island of Palau.

Associated Press reported the manner in which it was made as somewhat sarcastic, with the judge having “scoffed”.

In the Court of Appeals on Thursday the US government sought to stop an appeal by the detainees to be able to settle where they want.

The five Chinese Muslims say they do not want to live in Palau once they are released from Guantanamo Bay. Their lawyer Peter Sabin Willett told the court they wanted to resettle elsewhere and that they had a right to have their views considered.

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Why is Shanghai holding the World Expo?

Originally published by Reuters,27Apr 2010

By Farah Master

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Shanghai will unveil to the world this week its six-month long World Expo, China’s largest international event since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The country is trying to create an Expo on a scale never seen before, spending vast sums of money to make the event a blow out extravaganza for the expected 70 million visitors.

WHAT IS A WORLD EXPO?

A World Expo is a fair where countries and companies display their latest scientific achievements and technological advancements. Expos historically have been remembered for the creation of landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the introduction of television and the ice cream cone to mass audiences.

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Review for China race riot city after chief ousted

Originally published by The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 Apr 2010

By JOHN GARNAUT  

BEIJING: Chinese officials are touting a policy review in Xinjiang, the site of bloody race riots last year, after the removal of the region’s long-running Communist Party chief. Xinjiang has been under a communications and security lockdown since July 5 when ethnic Uighur riots and then security and vigilante reprisals left about 200 people dead in Urumqi city.

The violence was the deadliest that China has experienced since the Tiananmen massacres of 1989. On Saturday, Xinjiang’s hardline Communist Party boss, Wang Lequan, was removed from his post – after 16 years in the job and 10 months of speculation that he would be sacked – and replaced by a relative liberal, Zhang Chunxian. A Chinese security source, with expertise on Xinjiang, said the leadership change was related to a wide-ranging policy review.

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China stops Mongolian activist leaving country-group

Originally published by Reuters,26 Apr 2010

By Ben Blanchard and Lucy Horn

BEIJING, April 26 (Reuters) – An ethnic Mongolian activist has vanished after Chinese authorities prevented him from attending a United Nations forum on indigenous peoples in New York earlier this month, according to a rights group.

The U.S.-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre said that Sodmongol, who like many ethnic Mongolians in China goes by only one name, was arrested at Beijing’s airport on April 18, and that his whereabouts remain unknown.

He had been invited to attend a session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at U.N. headquarters in New York, the group said in an emailed statement.

Police subsequently raided his house in Chaoyang, in the northeastern province of Liaoning, confiscating computers, mobile phones and documents, the group said.

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