Chinese troops stage show of force in Xinjiang and vow to ‘relentlessly beat’ separatists

The Guardian, 20 February 2017


By Tom Phillips — Thousands of heavily armed troops have paraded through cities in China’s troubled far west with officials there vowing a “thunderous” anti-terror crackdown after an apparent upsurge in deadly ethnic violence.

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The Ghulja Massacre 20 Years On: Uyghurs Still Facing Unprecedented Levels of Repression

Press Release – For immediate release
3 February 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or


The World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre in which hundreds of peaceful Uyghur protesters were killed by Chinese state security forces. The date remains a potent reminder of the continued and unrelenting power of the state to suppress all forms of dissent across the country and in East Turkestan in particular.

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Beijing’s Eyes and Ears Grow Sharper in Xinjiang

Foreign Affairs, 3 January 2017


By James Leibold & Adrian Zenz — The troubled region of Xinjiang, in China’s northwest, has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last couple of months. Thousands of local police stations have cropped up across the region and tens of thousands of policemen have been recruited to man them around the clock.

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Intimidation as Governance in Tibet

Human Rights Watch, 27 November 2016

A unit from Tibet police border security force with riot gear participates in a drill at a military base in Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, October 24, 2015.By Sophie Richardson — Monks debating, breathtaking landscapes, the Potala Palace against a clear blue sky: these are images many around the world commonly associate with Tibet.

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Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn and others must resist China’s Orwellian vision of the internet

Hong Kong Free Press, 16 November 2016

chrome_2016-11-16_11-56-38By Roseann Rife — Facebook, Microsoft, and LinkedIn are among the tech firms expected to be on a charm offensive with Chinese officials at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, which starts today.

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China warns Taiwan not to allow Dalai Lama to visit

Reuters, 14 September 2016
By Ben Blanchard & Faith Hung — China on Wednesday warned Taiwan’s new government against allowing exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to visit, after a high-profile Taiwanese legislator invited him to the self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own.

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Uighurs, Wary of China’s Response to Kyrgyzstan Attack, Trying to Stop Militancy

Voice of America, 9 September 2016


By Michael Lipin — A prominent ethnic Uighur rights group says it fears China will exploit a Uighur militant’s suicide attack on its embassy in Kyrgyzstan last week to repress minority Uighurs in the neighboring Chinese region of Xinjiang.

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Taiwanese, Hong Kongers and Uighurs Not Welcome Near G20

The New Lens, 5 September 2016


By J. Michael Cole — As authorities in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, prepare to host the G20 summit this weekend, China’s security apparatus has shifted into high gear, with as many as 100 people preemptively detained and many others ordered to skip town for a few days. Potential troublemakers from China’s peripheries are also being told to keep out.

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