Draft Chinese Law Paves Way for Counter-terror Operations Abroad

Voice of America, 27 February 2015

Reuters  China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counter-terrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country’s growing global commercial and diplomatic interests.

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China’s Crackdown on Uighurs Gaining Notice as Violence Continues

Voice of America, 27 February 2015

By RFA Uyghur Service  An ongoing, sometimes bloody, conflict between minority communities in northwestern China and Beijing is starting to receive international attention, despite the silence of China’s own media.

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Banning the Islamic Veil in Xinjiang and Terrorism in China

McGill International Review, 27 February 2015

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By Nicki Siamaki  Last week, an article by Foreign Policy stated that the Chinese Communist Party played a crucial role in banning the Islamic veil in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, because they have “drawn a direct link between veiling and radical Islam and even terrorists”.[1] However, evidence indicates that the Chinese Communist Party’s ban on the veil may be just another excuse to continue marginalizing the Uyghur Muslim minority in China.

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China’s new definition of terrorism removes ‘thoughts’

Asia One, 26 February 2015

AFP  Thoughts will not be subject to prosecution under China’s new definition of terrorism, state-run media said Thursday. A panel of China’s rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), removed the word from a draft of the country’s first-ever anti-terrorism law, the Beijing News reported.

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China must uphold religious freedom in new year

Al Jazeera America, 26 February 2015

By Katrina Lantos Swett  In the name of fighting terrorism, officials increased their persecution of the Uighur Muslim community in the autonomous region of Xinjiang. In the name of fighting cults, they continued their assault on Falun Gong, unregistered Christian organizations, Buddhist groups and others.

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China Targets Muslims, Curbs Freedom of Speech For All: Report

Radio Free Asia, 26 February 2015

RFA Uyghur Service  During 2014, the ruling Chinese Communist Party intensified its targeting of ethnic minority groups with an “anti-terror” campaign in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang, and ratcheted up controls on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said in its annual global human rights report.

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How the West Was Lost

Foreign Policy, 24 February 2015

Beijing Police Hold Anti-terror Drill

By Sophie Richardson  Last week’s White House summit discussed the best way to counter violent extremism. It’s too bad key Chinese officials weren’t there — they might have learned something. China faces an extremely serious problem domestically with armed militants.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year’s in China’s Uyghur Region

Huffington Post, 23 February 2015

By Matt Sheehan  Urumqi, the capital of northwest Xinjiang Province, is a city that operates on two clocks. Trains, planes and business hours tend to correspond to “Beijing time,” while many locals instead set their schedules according to “Xinjiang time,” two hours behind official clocks but closer to the natural rhythms of the landscape.

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