China holds mass police rally in Xinjiang as hundreds sent to anti-terror ‘frontline’

Reuters, 28 February 2017

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By Michael Martina — More than 10,000 armed police in China’s western Xinjiang region staged a mass rally in the capital Urumqi, state media said, as authorities rolled out a rapid-response air patrol system to quell unrest that the government blames on Islamist militants.

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Western China Region Aims to Track People by Requiring Car Navigation

The New York Times, 27 February 2017

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By Edward Wong — Officials in China’s largest prefecture, in the far-western region of Xinjiang, are requiring all drivers there to install a Chinese-made satellite navigation system in their vehicles, according to an official news report this week.

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The Dire Consequences of the Imprisonment of Ilham Tohti

ChinaChange, 27 February 2017

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ChinaChange — The nomination last week of the imprisoned Uyghur Professor Ilham Tohti for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is welcome recognition of the role this courageous individual has played in working for the fundamental rights of a beleaguered people, a people subject to one of the harshest regimens that China visits on any nationalities or collective groups within its borders.

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Chinese Netizens Attack Minority Uyghur Muslims

Human Rights Watch, 27 February 2017

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Human Rights Watch — Within hours of the February 14 knife attack in Pishan county, Xinjiang, China’s state media released identical reports: Three assailants attacked people in a residential district, killing five while injuring another five, and the assailants were killed by police officers who had swiftly arrived at the scene. Only the Jiangnan Metropolitan News defied a censorship order and kept open its online comment function on this story, providing a rare glimpse into netizens’ views of the attack.

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Is China’s Counterterrorism Policy in Xinjiang Working?

The Diplomat, 24 February 2017

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By Adrien Morin — Though it’s far from the headlines of most Western newspapers and magazines, terrorism remains an issue in China, and in the northwestern province of Xinjiang in particular. The 9/11 attacks brought Islamic terrorism under the spotlight, and by doing so, provided the Communist Part of China (CPC) with new rhetoric to apply to its security policy in Xinjiang, articulated around George W. Bush’s “War on Terror.”

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‘Striking hard’ with ‘thunderous power’: Beijing’s show of force in Xinjiang

The Interpreter, 24 February 2017

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By Michael Clarke — Last weekend Chinese authorities conducted mass parades of thousands of security personnel and military equipment in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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China Is Creating an Unprecedented ‘Security State’ in Xinjiang

Pacific Standard, 24 February 2017

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By Massoud Hayoun — China has, in recent years, embarked on a far-reaching, oft-chimerical quest to pacify its restive far-Western region of Xinjiang, home to the predominantly Muslim ethnic Uyghurs. And now Beijing is busily building a “security state” in the region, according to one scholar on Uyghur affairs.

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China offers huge anti-terror awards in Xinjiang

Hong Kong Free Press, 23 February 2017

Agence France-Presse — China has created a 100 million yuan (US$14.5 million) fund for “anti-terrorism” awards in a violence-wracked part of the country, state media reported, as the government steps up a campaign targeting unrest.

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