Australia to Prod China on Defense

Originally published by The Wall Street Journal, 30 Oct 2010

CANBERRA—Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd will use his visit to China beginning Sunday to press for greater military transparency in the region, even as he seeks to soothe tensions with his country’s biggest trading partner.

“One of the matters which I think is in the region’s common interest in the future is for us to have greater regional transparency of military budgeting, greater transparency of military exercising, greater transparency of military maneuvers,” said Mr. Rudd, Australia’s former prime minister, in an interview ahead of his first official visit to China since being named foreign minister in September.

A report by Australia’s Defense Department this week warned that sustained investment by China to bulk up its defense capabilities is shifting the balance of military power in Asia. The department estimated Beijing spent more than US$150 billion last year on its military, more than double the official Chinese figure. The report also said that in disputed territories such as the South China Sea and waters close to Japan, China is patrolling with “increased frequency and greater strength.”

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Davutoğlu highlights historical bonds during talks in Urumqi

Originally published by TODAY’S ZAMAN, 30 Oct 2010

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and his wife, Sare, visit a museum in Urumqi in Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and his wife, Sare, visit a museum in Urumqi in Xinjiang Autonomous Region. 

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu voiced pleasure on Friday over having a chance to celebrate the 87th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in Urumqi, China, as he pointed to the strength of historical ties between his country and China despite the geographical distance between them. 

Kashgar, where Muslim Uighurs make up the vast majority of the population, was Davutoğlu’s first stop during his ongoing six-day visit to China, which kicked off on Thursday. Davutoğlu was in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, populated by ethnic Turkic Muslim Uighurs, on Thursday. There, along with his spouse, Sare Davutoğlu, he hosted a breakfast meeting for the delegation accompanying him and the authorities in the region to celebrate Republic Day.

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Turkish FM hopes better China ties to help Uighurs

Originally published by World Bulletin, 28 October 2010

Turkey’s foreign minister said on Thursday that the better Turkey’s relations with the central government of China, the more contributions Turkey could make to Uighur region.

Ahmet Davutoglu said that on one hand Turkey had to protect rights of Uighur Turks, on the other hand it would not harm its relations with a global country.

“This will please not only China but also us, and we will help our Uighur brothers at the same time,” Davutoglu told reporters en route to China.

Minister Davutoglu said it was of symbolic importance to begin his visit to China from Kashgar and Urumchi in Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region.

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Turkish FM’s cultural tour to China kicks off in Kashgar

Originally published by Hürriyet Daily News, October 28, 2010
KASHGAR – The Turkish foreign minister kicked off his weeklong trip to China on Thursday with a visit to one of the important centers of the historic Silk Road, the city of Kashgar in the Xinjiang autonomous region.

The tomb of Mahmud Kashgari was one of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s first stops in a region that experienced ethnic unrest in 2009. Uighur Turks make up the majority of Kashgar’s population of approximately 350,000 people.

“We are starting the China trip with Kashgar, which is one of the most important cultural centers of the Turkic world,” Davutoğlu told a group of journalists. “The growing Turkish-Chinese relationship will put our Uighur Turk kinsmen at ease.”

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Turkey, China Forging Strategic Political, Economic Ties

Originally published by,28 Oct 2010

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Turkey is working to create closer political ties with China and reduce its trade gap with the Asian country, the Turkish foreign minister said Wednesday, calling the growing relationship an “awakening of history.”

“We will keep the relationship with China on track through political interactions and regular visits and close the gap arising from the foreign trade deficit by promoting economic ties,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a small group of journalists en route to China late Wednesday.

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Turkey says returning to ‘normal’ in ties with China

Originally published by Todays Zaman, 29 Oct 2010 



Turkish FM Davutoğlu met with Muslim Uighurs during a visit to Kashgar in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Turkish FM Davutoğlu met with Muslim Uighurs during a visit to Kashgar in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

Turkey’s willingness to build a strategic bilateral cooperation with China should not be regarded as an exceptional move, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has stated, arguing that, on the contrary, such a move is a sign of normalization. Davutoğlu departed Ankara on Wednesday for a six-day official visit to China, with Kashgar, where Muslim Uighurs make up the vast majority of the population, being his first stop during the visit.

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East Turkistan Support Language Protests in Tibet

Originally published by The Tibet Post,28 Oct 2010
By James Dunn

Dharamshala: Exile students of East Turkistan or Uyghurstan have this week voiced their support for the Tibetans during their current protests over language restrictions. This comes after over a week of protests by Tibetans, through-out the region and also in Beijing. So far over 9,000 people have demonstrated over the educational reforms in Amdo, which will see all classes taught in Mandarin instead of the native Tibetan.

The Uyghur’s have experienced similar erosions of their language as the Tibetans by the Chinese government. The policy began in the 1990s with the elimination of Uighur as a medium of instruction at the university level. In 2006, the authorities initiated policy measures that are making Chinese the primary medium of instruction at the pre-school level. Students and teachers in a town in southern Xinjiang reported that they would be fined if they said one word in Uighur while on school premises.

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Was China behind cyber attack on Nobel Peace Prize website ?

Tuesday’s cyber attack on the Nobel Peace Prize website came less than three weeks after Norway awarded the prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobao.

Originally published by The Christian Science Monitor,27 Oct 2010

By Valeria Criscione

The Norway-based Nobel Peace Prize’s website was the target of a cyber attack on Tuesday, just weeks after the controversial decision to award the prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo. The timing has led some tech experts to believe the attack may have originated in China.

“My assumption is that it is a Chinese-based actor,” said Greg Walton, an expert on information technology surveillance in Oslo yesterday for a seminar on censorship and freedom of expression in China. “I assume a lot of traffic interest is in people coming to the [Nobel] Peace Prize site. The attacker can identify the identity of people of interest to them.”

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