China tightens regulation of religion to ‘block extremism’

Reuters, 7 September 2017

By Christian Shepard – China’s cabinet on Thursday passed new rules to regulate religion to bolster national security, fight extremism and restrict faith practiced outside organizations approved by the state.

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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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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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US slams China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia for religious repression

CNN, 15 August 2017

By Nicole Gaouette and Laura Koran – The State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom was highly critical of a number of countries, including China and Saudi Arabia, a key US ally.

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Xinjiang’s police hiring binge comes from party boss’s Tibet playbook

South China Morning Post, 14 August 2017

By Nectar Gan – It’s been almost a year since Communist Party rising star Chen Quanguo took the reins of Xinjiang, China’s Uygur heartland, and police jobs have seen an explosive surge. In the past 11 months, more security staff jobs have been advertised than the combined total over the last decade, latest research has revealed.

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Turkey And China Pledge Close Security Cooperation

Associated Press, 3 August 2017

Associated Press — Turkey has vowed to root out militants plotting against China as the two countries pledged to collaborate on a security issue that had been a source of friction.

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China Orders Xinjiang’s Android Users to Install App That Deletes ‘Terrorist’ Content

Radio Free Asia, 14 July 2017

By Qiao Long and Xi Wang — Authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered local residents to install an app on their cell phones that will monitor their activity for “terrorist” content, local sources told RFA on Thursday.

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China Detains ‘More Than 100’ Uyghur Muslims Returning From Overseas Pilgrimage

Radio Free Asia, 4 July 2017

By Qiao Long — Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are holding hundreds of ethnic minority Uyghur Muslims after they returned from overseas pilgrimage, sources in the region told RFA.

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