CPEC: CONNECTIVITY OR PERSECUTION OF UYGHURS

The Daily Pioneer, 26 August 2017

By Dolkun Isa – The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been touted by China and its supporters as a groundbreaking initiative, which will bring Central Asia together with increased connectivity and historic prosperity for all. It has been heralded by China as the flagship programme of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, now called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a massive infrastructure project seeking to create a 21st century “Silk Route” connecting Asia with Europe through building and upgrading transportation and communication infrastructure.

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Weekly Brief August 25th

World Uyghur Congress, 25 August 2017

WUC Denounces Unjust Sentencing of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Leaders in Press Release

The World Uyghur Congress issued a Press Release this week expressing its strong concern after the unjust sentencing of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. The result leaves no doubt that Hong Kong authorities have chosen to side with injustice and the silencing of peaceful dissent since the rise of the umbrella movement in 2014.

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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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China Recruits 30,000 Teachers, Police, Civil Servants to Move to Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 18 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have launched a massive nationwide recruitment drive seeking tens of thousands of new police officers, civil servants, teachers, academics, and airline staff.

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Exclusive: CPEC master plan revealed

DAWN, 15 May 2017

By Khurram Husain — The floodgates are about to open. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Beijing over the weekend to participate in the One Belt, One Road summit, and the top item on his agenda is to finalise the Long Term Plan (LTP) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corri­dor. [See next tab for details on how the plan was made].

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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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Exploitation Puts Ancient Well System at Risk in Uyghur Region

Radio Free Asia, 28 April 2017

By Eset Sulaiman — The proliferation of electric water pumps for large-scale farming and oil exploration in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region has all but dried up an elaborate set of wells used by the Uyghur residents of Turfan prefecture, according to local authorities.

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Han Chinese Offered Triple Salary of Uyghurs in Xinjiang Police Recruitment Drive

Radio Free Asia, 18 April 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service — Ethnic Uyghur police officers in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Region are being paid less than a third of salaries offered as part of a recent recruitment drive for majority Han Chinese security personnel from other parts of the country, according to sources.

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