The future of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

The East Asia Forum, 31 October 2014

Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing 2012

Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing 2012

By Swagata Saha, Observer Research Foundation – China recently reaffirmed that it backs India and Pakistan becoming members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). At the 14th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of SCO on 12 September, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for full membership for SCO observers, including India and Pakistan.

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Shifting focus on Xinjiang – A Uighur videographer is trying to change perceptions of the autonomous region, one person at a time

The Star Online, 31 October 2014

Changing perceptions: Kurbanjan aspires to repaint the image of Xinjiang and its people through his book.

Changing perceptions: Kurbanjan aspires to repaint the image of Xinjiang and its people through his book.

By Tho Xin Yi – XINJIANG’S image has been tainted with negative perceptions.

No thanks to the merciless terror attacks and violent clashes carried out by some people from the autonomous region, Xinjiang natives are suffering from prejudice against them.

Kurbanjan Samat, a 32-year-old Uighur, believes the stereotype stems from the lack of understanding and has vowed to change that, one person at a time.

“Photography is my passion. When I am holding a camera, I feel a sense of social responsibility,” he said.

He started a project last December to photograph Xinjiang people all over China.

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China Clamps Down on ‘Underage Religion’ Among Muslim Uyghurs

RFA, 31 October 2014

33ff6aff-3ddd-4821-9f74-f9d30b5cedf5RFA Uyghur Service – Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have tightened up rules forbidding anyone under the age of 18 from following a religion, targeting families whose children study the Quran or fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with hefty fines.

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China Investigates Mayor Of Hotan In Troubled Xinjiang Region For Corruption

International Business Times, 30 October 2014

Paramilitary police officers stand guard for the Long Ma performance on a hazy night in Beijing, on Oct. 19, 2014. Reuters/Jason Lee

Paramilitary police officers stand guard for the Long Ma performance on a hazy night in Beijing, on Oct. 19, 2014. Reuters/Jason Lee

By Sneha Shankar – China is investigating the mayor of a city in the western region of Xinjiang, home to the country’s ethnic Uighur minority, for corruption. Adil Nurmemet, 46, had been serving as mayor of Hotan and as deputy secretary of the local committee of the Communist Party of China, or CPC, since January 2009, Xinhua reported.

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Chinese Security Checks ‘Target Uyghurs’ Ahead of APEC Summit

RFA, 30 October 2014

Young Uyghurs rest near the Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, capital of western China's Xinjiang region, Sept. 17, 2014.

Young Uyghurs rest near the Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, capital of western China’s Xinjiang region, Sept. 17, 2014.

RFA Uyghur Service – Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region are targeting ethnic minority groups in a major “anti-terrorism” campaign ahead of a key leadership summit in Beijing next week, an exile group said on Wednesday.

Authorities in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking Uyghur ethnic group, have already stepped up surveillance of the region’s ethnic minorities ahead of an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in Beijing on Nov. 10-11, a spokesman for the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) told RFA on Wednesday.

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China says Afghan president vows to help China fight militants

Reuters, 29 October 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 28, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/LINTAO ZHANG/POOL

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 28, 2014.
CREDIT: REUTERS/LINTAO ZHANG/POOL 

(Reuters) – Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has pledged to help China fight Islamist militants, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday, after Ghani met President Xi Jinping in Beijing on his first visit abroad since his September inauguration.

China, which is connected to Afghanistan by the narrow, almost impassable Wakhan Corridor, says militants seeking to set up a separate state called East Turkistan in its western Xinjiang region are holed up along the ungoverned Afghan-Pakistani border.

Leaders in Beijing, who have been bracing for more responsibility in Afghanistan as the bulk of U.S.-led troops pull out, worry that ethnic Uighur separatists from Xinjiang will take advantage if the country again descends into chaos.

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China Could Suffer Same Fate as USSR, Uyghur Leader Says

The Interpreter, 29 October 2014

Staunton, October 28 – The people of Hong Kong, together with the peoples of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Republic and Tibet, are fighting for their independence, Rabiya Kadir, a leader of the Uyghur national movement says, and if one succeeds so too will the others and thus “it is not excluded that in a short time China will suffer the fate of the USSR.”

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Schools in China’s Xinjiang region to discourage religious practice at home

The Straits Times, 29 October 2014

BEIJING (AFP) – Schools in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, where a series of attacks has left hundreds dead in recent months, said they would actively discourage religious practice at home, state-run media reported on Wednesday.

Principals at more than 2,000 kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools in Kashgar, near China’s border with Pakistan, signed a pledge to “defend schools against the infiltration of religion”, according to a report by the Global Times, which is close to the Communist Party.

Party members, teachers and underage students should not practise religion either at school or at home, it quoted a Kashgar education official as saying.

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