Published on 2 July 2010

One year ago on 5 July 2009 thousands of Chinese of Uighur ethnicity demonstrated in Urumqi, the regional capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). In the aftermath of the Urumqi protests, the authorities detained more than 1,400 people. Amnesty International believes that it is imperative that the Chinese authorities allow independent and impartial investigation into the events of July 2009, whilst ensuring that those providing information to the investigation are protected from harassment, intimidation or punishment. Any trials should be conducted fairly and without recourse to the death penalty.

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ECFA: The Beginning of the End of Taiwan Democracy?

One hundred thousand Taiwanese take the streets to protest Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement

Originally published by Epoch Times,

By Wu Tsen-hsi

TAIPEI—More than one hundred thousand opponents took to the streets on June 26 to protest the upcoming signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) with China. Officials say that the deal will cut tariffs on 539 products and open up service industries, giving a major boost of around $100 billion in annual two-way trade. But opponents believe the ECFA will sink Taiwan’s economy and democracy into a dire future, and eventually will help China to “unify” Taiwan.

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Enhanced Chinese interest in Pakistan

Originally published by Sri Lanka Guardian,01 July 2010

By B.Raman

(July 01, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Chinese Foreign Ministry has announced that at the invitation of the Chinese Government President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan will be visiting China from July 6 to 11,2010, for talks with President Hu Jintao, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and other Chinese leaders.This will be his second official visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese Government. His first visit was in October,2008, shortly after he took over as the President. In fact, after assuming office as the President, he chose China for his first official bilateral visit to emphasise the importance attached by him to his country’s relations with China.

2. He had announced during his first visit that he would be visiting various Chinese provinces once a quarter to learn from the Chinese experience in economic development. In pursuance of this, he had visited China thrice last year. These visits were not undertaken at the invitation of the Chinese Government. He visited a number of Chinese provinces and discussed with the local officials and businessmen about their experience in developing their provinces. He also discussed with them prospects for co-operation between their provinces and Pakistan. During these visits, he did not go to Beijing. The Chinese Foreign Minister flew to one of the provinces being visited by Mr.Zardari and called on him. Before leaving for Pakistan, he spoke with Mr.Hu and Mr.Wen over telephone.

3. The most productive of his visits so far has been his visit to Hang Zhou in the Zhejiang province and Guangzhou in the Guangdong province from August 21 to 24, 2009. During this visit, he sought Chinese participation in the development of hydel, thermal and solar energy projects, irrigation and fisheries and mobile telephone networks and in creating facilities for higher technical education, including the setting-up of a telecommunications university and research complex. Among the concrete results from this visit were:

* The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote cooperation in river fisheries and related technologies by representatives of the Indus River Fresh Water Fisheries Research Institute and the Pearl River Fishery Research Institute of Guangzhou.

* The signing of an MOU for the construction of a dam at Bunji in the Astore district of Gilgit-Baltistan by officials of Pakistan’s Ministry of Water and Power and China’s Three Gorges Project Corporation. The Chairman Board of Investment Saleem Mandviwala and Li Yang’an of the Chinese corporation signed the MoU. The dam, one of the eight hydel projects short-listed for construction by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), will have a capacity of generating 7,000 megawatts of electricity.

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China Huadian plans $14.7 bln energy projects in Xinjiang

Originally published by Reuters, 30 June 2010 

BEIJING June 30 (Reuters) – China Huadian Corp, one of the country’s five major state-owned power generating groups, plans to spend more than 100 billion yuan ($14.71 billion) in the coming 10 years to develop coal, power and other energy projects in Xinjiang.

The move comes weeks after rival China Huaneng Group committed a similar investment in China’s northwest, home to vast untapped deposits of coal and other resources.

China Huadian would develop coal-fired power stations, coal to chemical plants, clean energy, urban power and thermal projects and major hydropower bases in Xinjiang, the company said in a report on its website (, citing a recent deal signed with Xinjiang’s government.

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Uighur leader appeals to world year after unrest

Originally published by AFP,01 July 2010

By Shaun Tandon

WASHINGTON — One year since China’s worst ethnic violence in decades, the exiled leader of the Uighur minority has seen a surge of global interest in her cause but says the world can do far more.

Long an obscure issue to much of the world, the simmering resentment against Beijing’s rule by the mostly Muslim Uighur community burst into the open in July last year as riots engulfed Urumqi, capital of the vast Xinjiang region.

The violence catapulted into the spotlight Rebiya Kadeer, a department store tycoon turned activist. The 63-year-old mother of 11 spent years in a Chinese prison before she was allowed to go into exile in the United States in 2005.

“I’m just an ordinary woman, yet the Chinese government is so fearful of what I say and do. That shows I stand for justice,” Kadeer, her booming voice softened by a smile, told AFP in her tiny office in Washington.

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China denies military exercise aimed at U.S.

Originally published by Reuters,29 June 2010

By Chris Buckley

BEIJING (Reuters) – China denied on Tuesday media reports that an artillery drill in the East China Sea was in response to a planned military exercise between South Korea and the United States.

The 6-day, live ammunition exercise starting on Wednesday in the East China Sea off China’s coast was seen by some analysts as a “response to a (planned) joint exercise between the United States and Republic of Korea navies in the Yellow Sea,” said the China Daily, the country’s official English-language newspaper.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, said there was no such link and a Chinese military officer said the timing was coincidental.

“This is a regular military exercise,” the spokesman Qin told a regular news conference. “This is not related to the situation on the Korean Peninsula.”

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Two Chinese Uighurs jailed for UAE bomb plot – paper

Originally published by Reuters, o1 July 2010

DUBAI (Reuters) – An Abu Dhabi court has jailed two Chinese Uighurs for 10 years for plotting to bomb a massive shopping centre in Dubai, an Emirati newspaper said on Thursday.

The men, arrested last year after a tip-off from the Chinese embassy, were convicted of plotting to blow up a statue outside Dubai’s DragonMart, home to nearly 4,000 shops mainly selling Chinese-made goods, The National newspaper said.

The court heard that the men did not intend to cause casualties but the explosives they planned to use would have caused damage up to 80 metres from the blast site, the paper said. The verdict, issued by the State Security Court, cannot be appealed.

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Rights group urges support for Google in China standoff

Originally published by AFP,30 June 2010

 WASHINGTON — A prominent human rights group urged governments and technology companies Tuesday to support Google as it seeks the renewal of its business license in China.

 “Governments that are very concerned about the freedom of the Internet should absolutely step up now in terms of sending a message to the Chinese government,” said Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China.

 “Governments and the industry should send a very clear message to China that it must provide a business environment for foreign companies that doesn’t force them to violate human rights,” she told AFP.

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