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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China Recruits 30,000 Teachers, Police, Civil Servants to Move to Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 18 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have launched a massive nationwide recruitment drive seeking tens of thousands of new police officers, civil servants, teachers, academics, and airline staff.

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Forced to comply or shut down, Cambridge University Press’s China Quarterly removes 300 articles in China

Quartz, 18 August 2017

By Echo Huang and Isabella Steger – China’s crackdown on academic freedom has reached the world’s oldest publishing house.

Cambridge University Press (CUP) said it has pulled over 300 articles and book reviews on its China site from the China Quarterly (CQ), one of the most prestigious journals in the China studies field, at the request of the government’s General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP). The news came to light after an undated screenshot of an email to CQ’s editorial board from the journal’s editor, Tim Pringle, went viral on social media today (Aug. 18).

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China Jails Ethnic Kazakh Man For ‘Helping Others Emigrate to Kazakhstan’

Radio Free Asia, 16 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have sentenced an ethnic Kazakh man to 12 years’ imprisonment after detaining him amid an ongoing crackdown on ethnic minority groups who study or seek to emigrate overseas, sources told RFA.

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China angered at US criticism of religious freedom, says US not perfect

Hindustan Times, 16 August 2017

Reuters – China hit back on Wednesday at criticism by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of its record on religious freedom, saying the United States was not perfect and should be looking after its own affairs rather than making baseless accusations.

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Chinese Censorship Hits the Middle East

Raddington Report, 15 August 2017

By Neil Thompson – A deal between Beijing and the increasingly despotic Erdogan regime in Turkey is raising fears of a new phase of Chinese political influence, in which Chinese soft power is used to persuade foreign governments to allow the same type of pro-Beijing censorship that constricts the Chinese internet in their own countries.

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China is Forcing Uighurs Abroad to Return Home. Why Aren’t More Countries Refusing to Help?

China File, 14 August 2017

By Jessica Batke – The campaign began quietly. Students studying abroad were told to return home. Many did, and their classmates didn’t hear from them afterwards. For those who needed extra incentive to get moving, police detained their families back home. Finally, the ones who refused to comply were rounded up by force.

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