China’s Tourism Industry Ordered to Monitor, Report on Visitors to Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 5 May 2017

By Xin Lin — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have issued a region-wide clampdown on the tourism industry, asking tour guides to monitor the behavior of visitors ahead of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s regional economic cooperation summit next week, RFA has learned.

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The extraordinary ways in which China humiliates Muslims

The Economist, 5 May 2017

The Economist — Chinese officials describe the far western province of Xinjiang as a “core area” in the vast swathe of territory covered by the country’s grandiose “Belt and Road Initiative” to boost economic ties with Central Asia and regions beyond. They hope that wealth generated by the scheme will help to make Xinjiang more stable—for years it has been plagued by separatist violence which China says is being fed by global jihadism. But the authorities are not waiting.

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Why the Communist Party has created a new bureau for Xinjiang

South China Morning Post, 5 May 2017

By Jun Mai — The ruling Communist Party of China has created a new bureau to improve intelligence and policy coordination in Xinjiang, the vast western region that has been placed under what many see as increasing police surveillance and intrusive social control.

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Surrealism Abounds in China’s Uyghur Crackdown

The Pacific Standard, 3 May 2017

By Massoud Hayoun — China’s crackdown on its ethnic Uyghurs has targeted the predominantly Muslim minority’s beards, headscarfs, and even kebabs; now Chinese officials are banning some Uyghur baby names.

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UN rights envoy was followed in China, sources intimidated

Associated Press, 3 May 2017

By Louise Watt — A U.N. representative on human rights said that he was followed by security officers in disguise during an official trip to China and that some activists he met with may have suffered intimidation and retaliation.

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China to deploy drones, wire fencing along Xinjiang border to prevent infiltration

The Hindustan Times, 3 May 2017

The Hindustan Times — China will deploy drones, install surveillance cameras and barbed wire fencing to patrol the over 5,600-kilometre border of its restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province bordering the PoK and Afghanistan to curb infiltration of Uyghur militants, a media report said on Tuesday.

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‘I Asked Him About His Daily Life in Prison’

Radio Free Asia, 3 May 2017

By Qiao Long — The wife of jailed rights activist Zhang Haitao, a critic of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group, was recently allowed to visit him for the first time in prison after he was jailed for 19 years on subversion and spying charges in January 2016.

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