State Dept: Google China announcement likely

ByAndrew Quinn                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Originally  published by: Reuters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    March 22. 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department said it was aware of “strong indications” that Internet giant Google Inc <GOOG.O> will make an announcement on Monday about its future in China.

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U.S. top court rejects Guantanamo Uighurs case

By James Vicini

Originally published by: Reuters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       March 22, 2010

WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that federal judges cannot require that the U.S. government give 30-days advance notice before sending the Chinese Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay to another country.

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BEIJING-BOUND KARZAI SEEKS CHINA HELP IN PEACE PUSH

Originally published by: Reuters, 22 March, 2010
By Emma Graham-Harrison

BEIJING (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai will ask China to use its diplomatic clout to help rein in a growing insurgency when he arrives for a state visit on Tuesday, putting security concerns ahead of his economic wishlist.

Aid, trade and drug trafficking will also be on the agenda for Karzai’s fourth visit to Beijing since taking the reins of power more than eight years ago. But with violence at its highest level since the U.S.-backed ouster of the Taliban in 2001, his main focus is on a new diplomatic push to end the fighting.

Karzai, who will meet Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao, is trying to muster international support for peace talks with the Taliban and other insurgents. He wants China to weigh in with its ally, Pakistan, a vital regional player.

“The main goal is to ask China, as a close friend to Pakistan, to take part in a solution to the problems in Afghanistan,” said a source with knowledge of Karzai’s agenda.

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Turkish symposium calls Uighur region “forgotten Palestine”

A major international symposium called China to open East Turkestan to the world and stop all human rights abuses.

Originally published by: World Bulletin / News Desk 22 March, 2010

A major international symposium, that gathered in Istanbul over the weekend to discuss the recent situation inside Uighur region, called China to open East Turkestan to the world and stop all human rights abuses.

The “Free Eastern Turkistan Symposium” was organized by the Istanbul Peace Platform, and the IHH was one of the event’s organizers.

The symposium opened with the speech of IHH chairman Bulent Yildirim, who explained the aim of the symposium to acknowledge the human rights violations and attacks against the Uighur Muslims for the past 60 years.

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Konya deputy Husnu Tuna and Saadet (Felicity) Party Istanbul Provincal chairman Erol Erdogan talked about different ways to pressure China to stop human rights abuses.

“All kinds of pressure”

Prof. Dr. Alimcan Inayet said all kinds of pressure against the Uighur Turks and human rights violations continue, as to the policy of forced migration to reduce China’s Uighur minority.

“The Chinese communists in the East Turkestan continues to transfer population to other regions, as well as restrictions on the Uighur language, Chinese education, bilingual education, birth ban, religious worship” he said.

Reminding that the region has rich natural resources, Prof. Dr. Alimcan Inayet said, “torture and executions continues in a systematic manner, while birth policy applied to the people of the region, despite relentless objections.”

Inayet said China violates the right to education and Chinese educational practice is used to speed up the assimilation process among the Uighurs. Although according to the Chinese Constitution, every citizen has the right to have religious belief or disbelief, the Muslim Uighur civil servants are banned to prayer and fast, Inayet said.

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SENATORS FORM INTERNET FREEDOM CAUCUS

Originally published by: Reuters, 22 march, 2010                                             

 By John Poirier (Reuters) –

 Several senators have formed a caucus to promote online freedom in Iran, China and other countries as the Obama administration pushes for greater access to an unfettered Internet.

Ted Kaufman, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sam Brownback, a Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, will co-chair the Senate Global Internet Freedom Caucus, a Kaufman aide said on Monday.

The caucus, which also will include Joe Lieberman, an Independent from Connecticut, and Democrats Dick Durbin and Bob Casey, plans to discuss its mission at a briefing on Wednesday.

Republicans John McCain and Mike Johanns have also joined the group.

The Senate action comes as speculation swirls that Google Inc will soon announce a decision to pull out of China, or at least shut down its Chinese search engine.

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UNPLUGGED IN URUMQI

By Adrienne Mong,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Originally published by: NBC News                                                                                                                                                                            
 March 19, 2010

 

URUMQI, China – For quite some time, I had been looking forward to travelling back to Xinjiang province, one of my favorite destinations in China, for a reporting trip.

But I also had a sense of trepidation. 

The predominantly Muslim province has been an Internet-free zone since riots broke out last July between the ethnic Han Chinese and the minority Uighurs. Provincial authorities say 197 people died in clashes on the streets of Urumqi, the provincial capital, in one of China’s worst incidents of ethnic strife in recent memory.    

So while everyone’s debating what a China without Google might look like if the Internet giant quits operations in the country, the 20 million-odd residents of Xinjiang province have had to contend without any Internet access for the past eight months.

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Unplugged in Urumqi

 

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Local MP Paul Goggins joins fight to free Sale man’s brother from detention in China

Originally published by Messenger, 19 March 2010

A Sale resident has enlisted the help of local MP Paul Goggins and the foreign office minister Ivan Lewis in the fight to have his brother freed.

Dilimulati Paerhati, 31, of School Road Sale, has not spoken to his brother Dilixaiti Paerhati, 28, since he was taken from his home in north-west China in August last year.

The pair are Uighur Muslims, an ethnic minority community from the troubled region of Xinjiang which experienced widespread unrest and rioting in July last year.

Dilixaiti, editor of a popular website that was shut-down by authorities in July, disappeared on August 7.

He had already been held in custody for eight days.

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