The Failed Case Against Rebiya Kadeer

By Holiday Dmitri Kumar, 30 April 2012

While Rebiya Kadeer, China’s most well known Uighur activist, claims to advocate the peaceful struggle of her people for greater autonomy in Xinjiang, like the Dalai Lama, she is hailed an enemy of the state. In this paper, I explore how China’s efforts to label Kadeer as a terrorist have failed to convince the international community. I argue that evidence proving her affiliation to violent separatist activities in Xinjiang is tenuous at best.

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U.S. eyes testy China talks, Chen backer expects Chinese decision

Reuters, 30 April 2012

(Reuters) – The United States faces a tense week in China as high-level talks on trade and global hot spots like Iran and North Korea open in the shadow of a blind Chinese activist’s bold escape from house arrest to seek U.S. protection in Beijing.

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In Crisis Over Dissident, U.S. Sends Official to Beijing

The New York Times, 29 April 2012

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration rushed to contain a growing diplomatic crisis between the United States and China, sending a senior diplomat to Beijing to discuss the fate of a blind dissident who fled house arrest last week.

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China Rights Group: Missing Dissident’s Relatives Arrested

VoA News, 29 April 2012

A U.S.-based China rights organization says blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng is under U.S. protection but that two of his realtives have been arrested.

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Two Uighurs get a fresh start in El Salvador

The Washington Post, 28 April 2012

AFTER ROUGHLY 10 years of unjustified imprisonment, two Uighur detainees have found new homes in El Salvador, far beyond the confines of the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Seventeen Uighurs were freed earlier, while three remain at Gitmo, with little prospect for release any time soon.

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Uyghur Group Defends Goal

RFA. 27 April 2012

The group says its members were named to China’s terror list.

A Uyghur separatist group has acknowledged that six men cited in a new “terrorist” list by Beijing are its members, defending its “holy war” to gain independence for China’s northwestern Xinjiang region where minority Uyghurs complain of discrimination and harassment.

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New US intelligence agency to place emphasis on China

Taipei Times, 25 April 2012

INTELLIGENCE PIVOT:The Defense Clandestine Service has been tasked with focusing on ‘national intelligence’ and major ‘ascendant powers’

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US spies to target Iranians, Chinese

The Australian, 25 April 2012

THE Pentagon is creating a new intelligence agency that will focus on Iran and China as it begins to pivot away from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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