China’s Limits In Central Asia

RFERL, 30 November 2014

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A Chinese worker of the Asia Gas Pipeline (AGP) walks along the Kazakh stretch of the 1,833-kilometer Turkmenistan-China pipeline. (file photo)

By Bruce Pannier – With the announcement of its new $16.3 billion Silk Road plan, China has again demonstrated it has the greatest economic influence in Central Asia at the moment. This trend is likely to continue for some years since Russia’s economic situation puts Moscow in a position where it cannot hope to spend freely in Central Asia any time soon.

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Xinjiang violence: 15 reported killed in attack

BBC News, 29 November 2014

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China is enforcing a security crackdown in Xinjiang and Uighur activists say that in doing so its is fuelling the violence.

BBC China – At least 15 people have been killed and 14 others injured during an attack in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, state media has reported.

It said that the violence started when a group of “terrorists” attacked civilians in Shache county, 200km from the regional capital of Kashgar.

Xinjiang is home to the Muslim Uighur minority group.

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15 dead in attack in west China’s Xinjiang region

The New York Times, 29 November 2014

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Fully armed Chinese paramilitary police patrol a street in Urumqi, the capital of farwest China’s Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang in May.

AP Beijing An attack in China’s troubled western Xinjiang region left 15 people dead and 14 injured, state media reported Saturday, the latest in a wave of ethnic violence there that has claimed dozens of lives over the past year.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the attack took place at a “food street” Friday in Shache county, the same region where state media said a series of attacks in July left 96 people dead, including 59 assailants.

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China’s Xinjiang to hire 3,000 ex-soldiers as guards

BBC, 28 November 2014

China stepped up security in Xinjiang following a string of recent public attacks

China stepped up security in Xinjiang following a string of recent public attacks

BBC Asia – The capital of China’s restive region of Xinjiang will recruit 3,000 former soldiers to help guard its residents, the Chinese government has said.

The soldiers will be carefully vetted to determine their political views. They will join the military and police forces that often patrol Urumqi.

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China sends thousands of troops to combat Xinjiang violence

The Telegraph, 28 November 2014

Uyghur men leave the Id Kah Mosque following Eid prayers in old Kashgar, Xinjiang  Photo: Getty

Uyghur men leave the Id Kah Mosque following Eid prayers in old Kashgar, Xinjiang Photo: Getty

By Tom Phillips – Thousands of ex-soldiers are to be deployed to villages and towns in China‘s troubled northwest to counter a spike in deadly inter-ethnic violence and terrorist attacks that has claimed scores of lives this year.

At least 3,000 former members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will be shipped into communities in Xinjiang, a sprawling region of deserts and mountains that shares borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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China rebukes Turkey for offer to shelter Uighur refugees

Reuters, 28 November 2014

Paramilitary policemen patrol along a street in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, May 27, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/STRINGER

Paramilitary policemen patrol along a street in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, May 27, 2014. (REUTERS/STRINGER)

Reuters  China on Friday lashed out at Turkey for offering shelter to roughly 200 Uighurs from the western Chinese region of Xinjiang who were rescued from a human-smuggling camp in Thailand.

Thai police found the group in March and Chinese officials identified “dozens” of them as Uighurs, a Muslim people from Xinjiang who speak a Turkic language. Many Uighurs chafe at government curbs on their culture and religion.

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China Rebukes Turkey Over Uighur Refugees

Voice of America, 28 November 2014

FILE - A suspected Uighur from China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, holds an infant as they rest inside a temporary shelter on March 14. They were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near Thailand-Malaysia border.

FILE – A suspected Uighur from China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, holds an infant as they rest inside a temporary shelter on March 14. They were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near Thailand-Malaysia border.

Reuters – China on Friday lashed out at Turkey for offering shelter to roughly 200 Uighurs from the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. They were rescued from a human-smuggling camp in Thailand.

Thai police found the group in March and Chinese officials identified “dozens” of them as Uighurs, a Muslim people from Xinjiang who speak a Turkic language. Many Uighurs chafe at government curbs on their culture and religion.

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Government Asks Thailand To Send 300 Uighur Refugees Over To Turkey

Daily Sabah, 28 November 2014

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By Mehmet Solmaz  Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu said Turkey has officially asked Thailand to send the some 300 Uighur refugees to Turkey and not China, from where they had escaped and face death if they return.

The government wants to bring to Turkey nearly 300 Uighurs who were found at a human smuggling camp in Thailand a few months ago, Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu said, a move that was applauded by the Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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