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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Weekly Brief August 18th

World Uyghur Congress, 18 August 2017

WUC Issues Press Release Expressing Alarm at Uyghur Language Ban

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release this week after it emerged that Chinese authorities in the Hotan prefecture had decided to completely ban the Uyghur language at all education levels up to and including secondary school at the start of the fall semester in September 2017.

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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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In China’s far west the ‘perfect police state’ is emerging

The Guardian, 23 June 2017

By Tom Phillips — It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air not a muezzin’s wistful cry.

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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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Xinjiang Police Launch Recruitment Drive Following Uyghur Knife Attack

Radio Free Asia, 8 March 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service — Rushing to tighten security following a deadly knife attack in February, officials in Xinjiang’s Hotan prefecture have launched a drive to recruit additional auxiliary police officers, meanwhile working those already employed around the clock, sources in the region say.

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Is China’s Counterterrorism Policy in Xinjiang Working?

The Diplomat, 24 February 2017

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By Adrien Morin — Though it’s far from the headlines of most Western newspapers and magazines, terrorism remains an issue in China, and in the northwestern province of Xinjiang in particular. The 9/11 attacks brought Islamic terrorism under the spotlight, and by doing so, provided the Communist Part of China (CPC) with new rhetoric to apply to its security policy in Xinjiang, articulated around George W. Bush’s “War on Terror.”

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