Insight – Does China’s next leader have a soft spot for Tibet?

The Star Online, 31 August 2012

BEIJING/DHARAMSALA (Reuters) – For decades, Beijing has maintained that the Dalai Lama is a separatist, but Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader once had a special relationship with the father of Xi Jinping, the man in line to become China’s next president.

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US man admits China spy attempt

BBC News, 31 August 2012

A US man who worked as a guard at a US consulate in China has pleaded guilty to trying to sell secret information to the Chinese government.

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WUC Calls for Redress on the UN International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Press Release – For immediate release
30 August 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or
contact@uyghurcongress.org

On the United Nations International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) continues to be deeply concerned for the growing trend to forcibly disappear Uyghurs who voice their legitimate political opposition to the deterioration of their freedoms and fundamental human rights. The international community must take stock of the numerous cases of enforced disappearances of Uyghurs in East Turkestan by using this day as an opportune platform to press China on this crime against humanity through diplomatic avenues and dialogue, including at the upcoming 21st Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

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Justice Sought For Missing

RFA, 30 August 2012

China is asked to explain thousands of cases of disappeared Uyghurs.

An exile group called on China Thursday to account for thousands of ethnic Uyghurs believed to be victims of enforced or involuntary disappearances in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang region.

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Striker’s Health at Risk

RFA, 29 August 2012

Family members of an imprisoned Uyghur who fasted in protest say his life is in danger.

The family of a prominent Uyghur religious leader whose prison sentence had been arbitrarily extended several times has called on the international community to press the Chinese authorities to release him, saying his health is in serious jeopardy after a 270-day hunger strike.

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Maritime disputes expose Asian fault lines

Asia Times Online, 29 August 2012

BEIJING – Even in normal times, a quarrel between the world’s second- and third-largest economies is important. In times of crisis, when the No 2 power, China, is the largest single contributor to the economic growth of the rest of the world, it becomes crucial for everyone.

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Chinese dissident imprisoned 10 years on information provided by Yahoo to be released Friday

The Washington Post, 29 August 2012

BEIJING — A Chinese dissident imprisoned for 10 years on a state subversion conviction supported by evidence from Web portal Yahoo is due to be released Friday after completing his term, his wife said.

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China: lawyers fear new regulation against ‘disrupting’ hearings

The Guardian, 29 August 2012

Experts say plans to disbar lawyers who breach court order may be used to punish broader legal discussion

Chinese lawyers have raised the alarm over plans that would allow judges to disbar them for up to a year for “disrupting the order” of hearings.

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