Urumqi Officials Confirm Security Checks For Uyghur, Kazakh Vehicle Registrants

Radio Free Asia, 29 August 2017

By Kurban Niyaz – Authorities in the capital of northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are requiring all ethnic Uyghur and Kazakh individuals to undergo a stringent background check before registering a vehicle in the city, official sources have confirmed.

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China official says Xinjiang’s Muslims are “happiest in world”

Reuters, 25 August 2017

By Ben Blanchard – Muslims living in China’s far western region of Xinjiang are the happiest in the world and people should not believe the lies spread by extremists and their Western supporters, a senior official wrote on Friday in an unusually strongly worded piece.

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Xinjiang Authorities Subsidize Uyghurs to Relocate to Han Districts of Urumqi

Radio Free Asia, 25 August 2017

By Eset Sulaiman and Kurban Niyaz – Authorities in the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang region are offering Uyghur residents large subsidies to relocate from districts dominated by their ethnic group to those largely inhabited by majority Han Chinese as part of a new policy aimed at “promoting unity,” according to official sources.

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China Targets Turkic, Muslim Ethnic Groups For Detention, Additional Security Checks

Radio Free Asia, 24 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have instituted racial profiling as part of the registration process for new vehicles, in a move that exile groups said was likely a response to recent terror attacks in Europe.

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Globe and Mail journalist detained by Chinese police in Xinjiang region

The Globe and Mail, 23 August 2017

By Ann Hui – A Globe and Mail journalist was detained by Chinese police and had his camera searched and computer seized while reporting in the remote Xinjiang region in northwestern China.

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Xinjiang: Economic Realities Behind Civil Strife

Stratfor, 23 August 2017

By Douglas Green – A radical shift in domestic policy in and regarding China’s northwestern autonomous region of Xinjiang, replacing communal coexistence between Chinese “colonials” and the indigenous Uyghur population, is claimed by central authorities in Beijing to be aimed at lifting development and living standards of the entire population.

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Authorities in Xinjiang Extend Uyghur Persecution to Region’s Ethnic Kyrgyz

Radio Free Asia, 21 August 2017

By Gulchehra Hoja  Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are increasingly sentencing mostly Muslim Kyrgyz to reeducation centers for “religious violations,” according to a source in Kyrgyzstan, who said members of the ethnic group now face similar restrictions to those placed on the region’s ethnic majority Uyghurs.

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China’s Dystopian Push to Revolutionize Surveillance

Human Rights Watch, 18 August 2017

By Maya Wang – As part of a new multimillion-dollar project in Xinjiang, the Chinese government is attempting to “build a fortress city with technologies.” If this sounds Orwellian, that’s because it is. According to the Sina online news portal, the project is supposed to strengthen the authorities’ hands against unexpected social unrest.

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