Uyghur Migrant Life in the City During the “People’s War”

Youth Circulations, 30 October 2017

By Darren Byler and Nicola Zolin – In May 2014 the Chinese state declared a “People’s War on Terror.” This war was directed at what was perceived to be the Islamic “extremism” of young Uyghur men and women. Uyghurs are a Turkic Muslim minority group that is indigenous to Chinese Central Asia, or what in colonial terms is referred to as “the New Dominion” (Xinjiang). This vast area of the nation, whose borders stretch from Tibet to Afghanistan to Mongolia, is the source of nearly 20 percent of China’s oil and natural gas. It is also a central node on China’s New Silk Road initiative, which seeks to expand China’s influence throughout Western Asia. Increasingly the eleven million Uyghurs who call the southern part of this region their homeland are seen as an obstacle in China’s vision of the future.

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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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Why Xi Jinping’s belt and road rhetoric of inclusion rings hollow among the Muslim Uygurs of Xinjiang

South China Morning Post, 7 June 2017

By Michael Clarke — President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) Belt and Road Initiative seeks to make China the hub of trans-Eurasian economic connectivity . It will “benefit people across the world”, based as it is on the “Silk Road spirit” of “peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit”, as Xi told Beijing’s Belt and Road Forum last month. 

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China’s Continent-Spanning Trains Are Running Half-Empty

Foreign Policy, 5 June 2017

By Andreea Brizna — If one image has come to define the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s ambitious, amorphous project of overseas investment, it’s the railway. Every few months or so, the media praises a new line that will supposedly connect a Chinese city with a European capital. Today it’s Budapest. Yesterday it was London.

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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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China’s big push for its global trade narrative

BBC, 13 May 2017

By China’s President Xi Jinping intends to tell you a story.

But first he’s going to try it out on the world’s political leaders. Not those of the United States, Japan, India or much of the European Union. They’ve declined the invitation.

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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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