EU, China voice ‘differences’

Originally published by Straits Times, 30 June 2010


MADRID – THE European Union and China voiced ‘differences of opinion’ during talks on human rights in Madrid on Tuesday that included discussion of the situations in the Tibet and Xinjiang regions, the Spanish foreign ministry said.

 The EU also used the opportunity to hand over to China ‘a list of individual cases’ of alleged human rights violations that it is concerned about, the ministry said in a statement, without elaborating.

 The EU-China human rights dialogue has been taking place about every six months since 1995. Spain hosted the latest round as it holds the six-month rotating presidency of the bloc. On the eve of the talks, human rights groups urged the EU to use the meeting to demand Beijing release dissidents, withdraw curbs on freedom of expression and end ‘arbitrary detentions’.

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China’s push to develop its west hasn’t closed income gap with east, critics say

Originally published by Washington Post, 29 June 2010

 By Keith B. Richburg

BEIJING — Ten years ago, China’s leadership launched its “Go West” campaign, an ambitious plan to develop and modernize the country’s poor western hinterlands. The aim was simple: to close the region’s yawning income gap with the more prosperous east and assuage restive minority populations, particularly in Xinjiang and Tibet.

China’s economic boom had largely left the west behind. Spreading the wealth was as important politically as economically — it was a way of increasing domestic stability and cementing the government’s control.

Chinese officials rattle off all the statistical measures of the program’s success: Highways were constructed. Houses were built. Nomads were resettled in “model” villages. Millions of people have electricity and clean drinking water. A rail line links Beijing in the east to Lhasa on the Tibetan plateau. And annual economic growth in the west is about 12 percent, higher than the national average.

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Germany Cracks Down on Chinese Regime’s Spying

Originally published by Epoch Times,28 June 2010
By Gisela Sommer

An espionage incident only weeks prior to chancellor Angela Merkel’s planned China visit may be threatening the bilateral relations between Berlin and Beijing said German news magazine Spiegel Online in a June 26 article. Just days earlier, China’s intelligence gathering activities were prominently highlighted in a report issued by Germany’s Ministry of the Interior.

An employee of China’s consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, records from a window a protest in front of the consulate on March 26, 2008. An espionage incident only weeks prior to chancellor Angela Merkel’s planned China visit may be threatening the bilateral relations between Berlin and Beijing said German news magazine Spiegel Online in a June 26 article. (Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s office is investigating two high-ranking Chinese officials on allegations of espionage, and the matter could make Angela Merkel’s upcoming China visit more difficult.

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Uyghur Exiles and their Supporters Worldwide to Commemorate the One-Year Anniversary of Urumchi Tragedy

For immediate release
June 29, 2010
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress (
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany), +1 (202) 535 0048 (Washington, DC, USA)

On July 5, 2010 and in the days surrounding July 5th, Uyghurs in exile and their supporters  around the globe will stage demonstrations and other actions to commemorate the one-year anniversary of one of the saddest and most horrific days in the history of the Uyghur people and of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) and to ensure that the world does not forget about the devastating plight of the Uyghur people.

On July 5, 2009, Chinese security forces brutally suppressed a peaceful protest by Uyghurs in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkestan, and killed many protestors according to eyewitnesses.  Ethnic unrest and violence followed, as well as one of the Chinese government’s fiercest and most repressive crackdowns on Uyghurs in history.

The World Uyghur Congress (, which promotes the human rights of the Uyghur people on behalf of the Uyghur exile community worldwide, is spearheading the global commemoration of July 5th.  WUC and its affiliate Uyghur human rights organizations are organizing actions in 17 countries, including but not limited to the United States, Japan, Turkey, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.  The actions will include demonstrations in front of Chinese foreign missions, marches, and conferences and teach-ins on the July 5th events and the aftermath.  For a list of actions worldwide, see

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China military denies exercise aimed at U.S

Originally published by Reuters,28 June 2010

By Chris Buckley

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese military denied media reports that an artillery drill in the East China Sea was a rebuke of a planned military exercise between South Korea and the United States.

Analysts and a military officer said the live ammunition exercise starting on Wednesday that will close off parts of the East China Sea off China’s coast over six days were routine and the timing was coincidental.

“The PLA artillery exercise in the East China Sea and the joint U.S.-South Korea exercise in the Yellow Sea are a complete coincidence,” Li Daguang, a professor at China’s National Defense University told the Wen Wei Po, a Hong Kong newspaper under mainland control.

“The outside world shouldn’t read anything into this.”

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U.S. arrests 10 for allegedly spying for Russia

Originally published by Reuters,29 June 2010

By Jeremy Pelofsky

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities said on Monday they have broken up a spy ring that carried out deep-cover work in the United States to recruit political sources and gather information for the Russian government.

Authorities charged 11 individuals with the plot, 10 of whom were arrested on Sunday in Boston, New York, New Jersey and Virginia on charges including conspiracy to act as unlawful agents of the Russian Federation and money laundering.

The group, dubbed the “Illegals,” was accused of being tasked by the Russian intelligence agency SVR to enter the United States, assume false identities and become “deep-cover” Americans, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

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Suspicious Timing

Originally published by LRB Blog,28 June 2010


Friday’s Dongguan Daily, showing the two Uighur ‘ringleaders’ in a completely impartial pair of handcuffs

 Last Thursday the Chinese police claimed they had ‘cracked a terrorist cell headed by [Uighur] separatists’. At a press conference in Beijing, a Ministry of Public Security spokesman said that 10 people had been detained for their role in attacks on a police station in Kashgar in August 2008, and for ‘bombing supermarkets, hotel and government buildings’ in Kuqa. Two Uighurs were identified as the ringleaders: Abdurixit Ablet, 42, and Imin Semai’er, 33, both of whom were said to have confessed to planning a series of terrorist attacks. The press were also shown slides of bullets, axes, knives and pipe bombs allegedly made by the accused.

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Small gain from big Chinese adventure

Originally published by  The Australian,28 June  2010 

By Rowan Callick

 Kevin Rudd’s failure to engage China during his tenure spotlights his weaknesses

ONE of the most curious elements in the downfall of Kevin Rudd is what went wrong with Lu Kewen’s Big Chinese Adventure. It is a saga that ran parallel to the broader domestic failures that caused his demise. It is also one in which his weaknesses became apparent earlier, perhaps because it is an area of such special significance to him.

It requires the most careful probing because its lessons for Australia’s economic and strategic future are so telling.

When he became prime minister, a sense of mild exultation coursed through the community of people engaged in the relationship between Australia and China.

This was not only because he speaks Chinese, but also because of his understanding of China — not always the same thing. This appeared to provide Australia with a clear opportunity for differentiation from the rest of the West, and thus potentially better economic terms and a sound strategic relationship, or dialogue.

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