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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Turkey’s IHH invites Uighurs’ Rebia Kadeer, Dalai Lama for March event

Originally Published by World Bulletin, 2 January 2010

Turkey is preparing an important international human rights organization in March, a Turkish newspaper said.

Rebiya Kadeer, leader of the world Uyghur Congress in exile, and Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet were invited to “International Human Rights Symposium” to be organized in Istanbul on March 21 by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, Yenisafak said.

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Turkey-China Relations in 2009

Originally Published by Turkish Weekly, 1 January 2010

Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s visit to China between June 24 and 29 was the one of the most important developments in Turkey-China relations in 2009. Gul was the first Turkish president visiting China after 14 years.

President Gul and Chinese President Hu Jintao attended ceremonies held on signing of several agreements between the two countries after their meeting on June 25, 2009.

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