China: Xi Jinping wants ‘Great Wall of Steel’ in violence-hit Xinjiang

The Guardian, 13 March 2017


By Tom Phillips  Chinese president Xi Jinping has urged security forces to erect a “Great Wall of Steel” around the violence-hit western region of Xinjiang after an apparent spike in bloodletting that authorities blame on Islamic extremists and separatists.

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Elderly Uyghur Woman is Assigned a Chinese Spy as ‘Daughter’

Radio Free Asia, 9 March 2017


By Shohret Hoshur — Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have assigned a spy to monitor the daily movements of an elderly Uyghur woman deemed troublesome by police, telling her that the young woman sent to visit her each day is now her “daughter,” sources say.

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Beijing Launches “All-Out Offensive” Against Uyghur Minority

Sydney Criminal Lawyers, 8 March 2017


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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A heavy hand in Xinjiang

The Japan Times, 7 March 2017


Japan Times — China has long had an uneasy relationship with the Uighurs, Muslims who constitute a majority of the population in the western province of Xinjiang. The Chinese Communist Party has worried about the threat of terrorism emanating from the region and has adopted increasingly repressive policies to counter that danger. The result, predictably enough, has been growing unrest. Beijing is now stepping up activities in the region and beyond its borders to check this threat; an indiscriminate heavy hand will do more harm than good.

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China holds mass police rally in Xinjiang as hundreds sent to anti-terror ‘frontline’

Reuters, 28 February 2017


By Michael Martina — More than 10,000 armed police in China’s western Xinjiang region staged a mass rally in the capital Urumqi, state media said, as authorities rolled out a rapid-response air patrol system to quell unrest that the government blames on Islamist militants.

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Western China Region Aims to Track People by Requiring Car Navigation

The New York Times, 27 February 2017


By Edward Wong — Officials in China’s largest prefecture, in the far-western region of Xinjiang, are requiring all drivers there to install a Chinese-made satellite navigation system in their vehicles, according to an official news report this week.

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Chinese Netizens Attack Minority Uyghur Muslims

Human Rights Watch, 27 February 2017


Human Rights Watch — Within hours of the February 14 knife attack in Pishan county, Xinjiang, China’s state media released identical reports: Three assailants attacked people in a residential district, killing five while injuring another five, and the assailants were killed by police officers who had swiftly arrived at the scene. Only the Jiangnan Metropolitan News defied a censorship order and kept open its online comment function on this story, providing a rare glimpse into netizens’ views of the attack.

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Vehicles to Get Compulsory GPS Tracking in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 21 February 2017


By Wong Siu-san and Sing Man — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have issued orders for all vehicles to have compulsory GPS trackers installed, local officials confirmed to RFA on Monday.
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