Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in China. We found that the Internet fuels — and fights — this.

The Washington Post, 12 May 2017

By Rose Luqiu & Fan Yang — During the National People’s Congress in March, top officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a Muslim-majority area in northwest China, warned political leaders that terrorist activities threatened to destabilize China.

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China official admonishes fellow Uighur cadres for ‘anti-terror’ failings

Reuters, 6 April 2017

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By Christian Shepherd — A senior Uighur official in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang has admonished other Communist Party “cadres” from the mostly Muslim Uighur minority for failing to pull their weight in the fight against terrorism, state media said.

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‘No beards, no veils’: Uighur life in China’s Xinjiang

BBC, 20 March 2017

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BBC — China says Islamist separatists in Xinjiang are the greatest threat to national security. The far western region is home to a community of some 10 million Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim.

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China: Disclose Details of Terrorism Convictions

Human Rights Watch, 18 March 2017

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Human Rights Watch — The Chinese authorities’ failure to release details about terrorism convictions heightens concerns that the country’s counterterrorism law is being used to prosecute nonviolent activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The 2017 Supreme People’s Court (SPC) report, presented on March 12, 2017, departs from past practice by excluding details on 2016 terrorism cases, such as the number of individuals convicted. China’s new Counterterrorism Law took effect in January 2016.

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Chinese Officials Warn of Global Religious Extremism Threat

South China Morning Post, 16 March 2017

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Associated Press  Chinese officials are issuing new warnings about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country, following reports of fighters from China’s Muslim minority fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq.

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China calls for ‘people’s war,’ warns of a global religious extremism threat

The Toronto Star, 16 March 2017

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By Gerry Shih  Chinese officials are issuing new warnings about the spectre of global religious extremism seeping into the country, following reports of fighters from China’s Muslim minority fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq.

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Bashar al-Assad says relations between Syria and China are ‘on the rise’

The Washington Post, 13 March 2017

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By Adam Taylor  In an interview with the private Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Television that aired this weekend, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered a warm description of his government’s ties with Beijing — a relationship that he said was going to be “on the rise” because China was “a real friend” that could be relied upon.

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Beijing Launches “All-Out Offensive” Against Uyghur Minority

Sydney Criminal Lawyers, 8 March 2017

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By Paul Gregoire — Beijing has unleashed an “all-out offensive” in the far western province of Xinjiang on the pretext of a terrorist threat from members of the nation’s predominantly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority.

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