China Holds Ethnic Kazakh Students For Praying, Islamic Clothing, Overseas Study

Radio Free Asia, 31 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are believed to be holding a number of ethnic minority Kazakhs for wearing “Islamic” clothing and praying, a practice forbidden by the ruling Chinese Communist Party on university campuses across the country.

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Why China must scrap new laws that tighten the authorities’ grip on religious practice

Amnesty International, 31 August 2017

By Roseann Rife – As millions of Muslims worldwide prepare for the Hajj, those hoping to independently undertake the journey from China are more likely to end up in jail than in Saudi Arabia.

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Urumqi Officials Confirm Security Checks For Uyghur, Kazakh Vehicle Registrants

Radio Free Asia, 29 August 2017

By Kurban Niyaz – Authorities in the capital of northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are requiring all ethnic Uyghur and Kazakh individuals to undergo a stringent background check before registering a vehicle in the city, official sources have confirmed.

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China official says Xinjiang’s Muslims are “happiest in world”

Reuters, 25 August 2017

By Ben Blanchard – Muslims living in China’s far western region of Xinjiang are the happiest in the world and people should not believe the lies spread by extremists and their Western supporters, a senior official wrote on Friday in an unusually strongly worded piece.

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Xinjiang Authorities Subsidize Uyghurs to Relocate to Han Districts of Urumqi

Radio Free Asia, 25 August 2017

By Eset Sulaiman and Kurban Niyaz – Authorities in the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang region are offering Uyghur residents large subsidies to relocate from districts dominated by their ethnic group to those largely inhabited by majority Han Chinese as part of a new policy aimed at “promoting unity,” according to official sources.

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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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China Targets Turkic, Muslim Ethnic Groups For Detention, Additional Security Checks

Radio Free Asia, 24 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have instituted racial profiling as part of the registration process for new vehicles, in a move that exile groups said was likely a response to recent terror attacks in Europe.

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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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