China accuses western media of fake news about human rights

The Guardian, 3 March 2017

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By Tom Phillips — China has launched a Donald Trump-style attack on foreign media, branding claims that a leading human rights lawyer was tortured by government agents fake news.

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How Trump could find common ground with China, thanks to the Islamic State

The Washington Post, 3 March 2017

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By Adam Taylor — Since the election of Donald Trump, the relationship between Washington and Beijing has appeared strained. Despite diplomatic efforts to bridge the gap, China and the United States are at loggerheads over a variety of issues, including trade and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

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China congress: BBC team forced to sign confession

BBC, 3 March 2017

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By John Sudworth — The plan was a simple one. We’d arranged to meet a woman in her village in China’s central Hunan Province and to then travel with her by train to Beijing, filming as we went.

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China deploys aircraft, combat helicopters in anti-terror drill in Xinjiang province

The Hindustan Times, 2 March 2017

By Sutirtho Patranobis — China deployed multiple aircraft including combat helicopters in a counter-terror drill in its restive northwestern region of Xinjiang this week.

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Religious suppression creates ‘black market’ for believers in China

The Globe and Mail, 2 March 2017

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By Nathan Vanderklippe — Beijing’s tightening grasp on religion has “created an enormous black market” for the fast-growing ranks of Chinese believers.

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U.N. Human Rights Experts Unite to Condemn China Over Expulsions of Tibetans

The New York Times, 2 March 2017

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By Edward Wong — A half-dozen United Nations experts who investigate human rights abuses have taken the rare step of banding together to condemn China for expulsions of monks and nuns from major religious enclaves in a Tibetan region.

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Remembering the Ghulja Incident: 20th Anniversary of ‘Uyghur Tiananmen’ Passes With Little Notice

The Diplomat, 1 March 2017

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By Peter Irwin — February 5, 1997, remains one of the most unforgettable days of commemoration for the Uyghur people. This year, the 20th anniversary of violently suppressed demonstrations in Ghulja, Xinjiang, reminds us of the raw and unimaginable power of the Chinese government.

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Officials Ban Dozens of Religious Practices, Foreign Missionaries in China’s Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 1 March 2017

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By Qiao Long — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have issued a detailed list of “illegal” religious activities spanning Islam, Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism, RFA has learned.

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