China’s Modernization Rush: Kashgar At Crossroads – Analysis

Euro Asia Review, 17 January 2012
By Bhavna Singh

Kashgar acts as a pivot for Central Asian traders by hosting the biggest outdoor market in the world today. Every Sunday over 1, 50,000 traders from the Central Asian countries visit the market to exchange commodities with their Chinese counterparts. After being declared a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in 2009 and the efforts made by the Chinese government of late, it is likely to evolve into a metropolitan hub with a thriving economy.

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US ambassador sees China rights worsening

AFP, 17 January 2012

The US ambassador to Beijing said that China’s human rights record was deteriorating as its communist rulers feel threatened in the wake of pro-democracy uprisings across the Middle East.

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Unending Plight for Uyghur Petitioners

RFA, 16 January 2012

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region spend large sums to send petitioners home.

Local authorities in China’s troubled Xinjiang region prefer to spend tens of thousands of dollars on dragging home Uyghurs who travel to Beijing to highlight their problems instead of using the money to help alleviate their plight, an RFA investigation revealed.

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China must stop genocide in East Turkestan: IGBS

Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies, 15 January 2012

East Turkestan is a region inhabited by the Uighurs and remains in Chinese occupation against the will of its people. The region borders Pakistan occupied Gilgit-Baltistan in South, Central Asian Republics in the west, and Mongolia and Russian Federation in the north. The natives speak a dialect of Turkic language and follow moderate form of Islam or Sufism as a way of life.

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Kids Dancing in the Rain for Chinese Officials

The Epoch Times, 14 January 2012
By Lin Zongwen

Photos of a group of second and third graders dancing for local communist party leaders in the rain with frigid temperatures during a New Year celebration drew critical comments from Chinese netizens.

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Chinese town threatened by modernization

CNN, 13 January 2012

Kashgar, China (CNN) – China is investing hundreds of billions of dollars to modernize some of the historic trading towns on its western frontier. But critics say modernization is happening at a cost to the region’s cultural heritage.

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UNPO General Secretary States That a New Year Needs Fresh Resolve from the International Community to Protect Uyghur Rights

UNPO, 13 January 2012


The Hague – As Chinese New Year approaches, the international community must stand ready to renew its pressure on Beijing, both to uphold the rights of its citizens but also to end the policies that are discriminating and marginalisaing Uyghurs throughout East Turkestan and China.

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Free From Repression, But Far From Home

Radio Free Europe, 12 January 2012

It’s been a long journey for Abu Bakker Qassim.

An ethnic Uyghur who fled to Afghanistan to escape Chinese repression in his native Xinjiang Province, he wound up arrested as a suspected terrorist and shipped to Guantanamo, where he spent more than four years in detention. In 2006, he was declared innocent and freed. But mindful of the intimidation he would surely face if sent home, U.S. authorities arranged for Qassim to be sent to Albania instead.

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