Police in China’s Xinjiang hold anti-riot exercise

Originally published by AFP, 11 June 2010


 BEIJING — Police in China’s restive Xinjiang region have held massive anti-riot exercises to prepare for the first anniversary of ethnic unrest that left nearly 200 people dead, state press reported.

 Nearly 1,000 police, anti-riot squads, special forces and paramilitary police participated in the joint exercises in the regional capital Urumqi, where the ethnic riots exploded in July 2009, the China News Service said.

 Photos of the exercises in China’s traditionally Muslim far west showed riot police using clubs and water cannons against mock rioters, while attack dogs, snipers and machine-gun wielding assault teams were also mobilised.

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Another man in Sweden accused of spying for China.

Originally published by  AFP , 10 June 2010 
By Johan Nylander

 • China denies Swede spied for Beijing

• Swedish citizen jailed for spying for China

A 40-year-old man from the Stockholm area is suspected of having been involved with systematic spying on refugees for the Chinese government, Swedish Radio said, referring to the Metro newspaper. He is thought to have spied from autumn 2008 until spring last year.

In March, A 62-year-old Uighur living in Sweden for the past 13 years as a political refugee was sentenced to 16 months in prison for spying for China on Uighur expatriates.

The man, identified in court documents as Swedish citizen Babur Maihesuti, was found guilty of “aggravated illegal espionage activity” and was sentenced to one year and four months behind bars, the Stockholm district court said.

Police suspect the two cases are linked, the newspaper said.

China hit back at the accusations it was spying on exiled dissident groups.

“This kind of accusation is totally groundless and has ulterior motives,” foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters, without giving any further details.



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Uyghurs savour freedom a year on

The Uyghur saga revisited 

 Originally published by BERMUDASUN,09 June 2010

By James Whittaker

A year ago this week, Premier Dr. Brown shocked Bermuda by announcing he had agreed a secret deal with the U.S. to bring four inmates from the hated Guantanamo Bay terror camp to the island.

The decision sparked a political firestorm. Critics said the island’s reputation would forever be tarnished by an association with terrorism, relations with the U.K. would be seriously damaged and the future of democracy in Bermuda would be threatened.

The few loyalists who vocally supported the Premier said the move was a bold, humanitarian gesture that would strengthen relations with the U.S. and improve Bermuda’s bargaining position in the ongoing debate about financial regulations.

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China Buys Cambodia

Originally published by http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htlead/articles/20100609.aspx,09 June 2010

June 9, 2010: China is developing (or buying) close ties with Cambodia. This month, China will deliver 257 brand new military trucks to Cambodia, along with 50,000 military uniforms. This sort of charity is needed because Cambodia has never really recovered from its disastrous experiment in communist government (the Khmer Rouge) in the 1970s. That killed off 15 percent of the population (including nearly all the ethnic Chinese community) and trashed the economy. China supported that Khmer Rouge (as fellow communists), but Khmer Rouge aggression against Vietnam resulted in Vietnam invading in 1979 and deposing the Khmer Rouge. But as the decades went by, former Khmer Rouge officials got back in power, and China made nice.

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Russia and China leaders to meet at security summit

Originally published by Reuters,09 June 2010
By Robin Paxton

ALMATY (Reuters) – The leaders of Russia and China will discuss global financial markets and tensions on the Korean peninsula during the annual summit of a regional security grouping on Thursday, a Kremlin source said.

But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, facing new U.N. sanctions targeting Tehran’s nuclear program, is unlikely to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Uzbekistan, two sources told Reuters.

The six-nation SCO, led by Russia and China, will meet in the Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent on Thursday, a day after the United Nations Security Council is expected to approve fresh sanctions against a defiant Iran. The regional security bloc, which also includes four ex-Soviet Central Asian states, will discuss the fight against terrorism and extremism as well as drug trafficking from Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been invited.

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No Escape From Guantánamo: Uighurs Lose Again in US Court

Originally published by http://www.countercurrents.org/worthington070610.htm, 07 June 2010

By Andy Worthington

In 2002, when Guantánamo opened, 22 Uighurs (Muslims from China’s oppressed Xinjiang province) were held in the prison, even though interrogators in Afghanistan (where the prisoners were processed for Guantánamo) had already realized that they had no connection to al-Qaeda or the Taliban. The men were mostly seized by Pakistani villagers and sold to US forces after fleeing a settlement in Afghanistan, where they had ended up either because they had found it impossible to travel to Turkey, where some had hoped to find work, or because they nursed futile hopes of rising up against the Chinese government, whose oppression of the Uighurs was distressingly revealed to the world last July.

Over the years, the Uighurs became pawns in the Bush administration’s diplomatic relations with the Chinese government, but were mostly cleared for release after military tribunals and review boards concluded that they were innocent men, seized by mistake. Five were released in May 2006, given new homes in a refugee camp in Albania, the only country that would accept them, but the remaining 17 languished until their habeas corpus petitions reached a US court in October 2008, and Judge Ricardo Urbina granted their petitions and ordered their release into the United States. Judge Urbina concluded that their continued detention was unconstitutional, and that the US had an obligation to accept them because there were legitimate fears that they would be tortured if returned to China, and also because no other country had been found that was prepared to take them.

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Israel Makes Case to China for Iran Sanctions

Originally published by The New Tork Times, 08 June 2010

JERUSALEM — During the many months China has wavered over whether to join the American-led effort to impose sanctions on Iran, Israeli officials have been waging their own quiet campaign to convince the Chinese that Iran should be punished for its renegade nuclear program.

But unlike the United States, which has played on China’s sense of responsibility as a member of the United Nations Security Council, Israeli officials have been making their case without diplomatic niceties.

In February, a high-level Israeli delegation traveled to Beijing to present classified evidence of Iran’s atomic ambitions. Then they unveiled the ostensible purpose of their visit: to explain in sobering detail the economic impact to China from an Israeli strike on Iran — an attack Israel has said is likely should the international community fail to stop Iran from assembling a nuclear weapon.

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After failed attempt to enter China, Tiananmen dissident says he will keep trying

Originally published by The Canadian Press,07 June 2010

By Tomoko A. Hosaka

 TOKYO — A prominent student leader in Beijing’s 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy protests said Monday he will keep trying to return to his native country even if it means getting arrested by Chinese authorities.

 Wu’er Kaixi — now a Taiwanese citizen — spent the weekend in a Japanese jail after police arrested him Friday for trying to force his way into the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo in a failed bid to turn himself in to authorities.

 “A person with a warrant on his head cannot get himself surrendered to the regime,” Wu’er said at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. “How absurd is that?”

 The 42-year-old activist was No. 2 on China’s list of 21 wanted student leaders after the crackdown on the protesters, in which at least hundreds of people were killed. He escaped and has since lived in exile in Taiwan, where he has been a businessman and political commentator.

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