US raises rights with China in counterterror talks

AFP, 19 July 2014

Washington (AFP) – The United States said Thursday it raised concerns with China about human rights in the Xinjiang region after activists voiced outrage over a meeting between the two powers on counterterrorism.

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The Mark News, 18 July 2014

China’s ethnic policies are largely to blame for the state of Uyghur–China relations. In the 1930s and 1940s, Communist China developed its own minzu (ethnicity) politics, which were borrowed from, and modeled on, the former Soviet Union’s nationality politics.

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Authorities Move to Protect Han Chinese Following Deadly Xinjiang Attack

RFA, 18 July 2014

Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have widened a dragnet and are stepping up security measures in the wake of a stabbing attack that left six Han Chinese farmers dead last week, according to local officials, while ethnic minority Uyghurs say the bloodshed was prompted by discriminatory policies.

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Pollution in China: Precious art from toxic waste

BBC News, 17 July 2014

In 2013, Beijing saw a mere 25 days of ‘good’ air quality. The readings, with ‘good’ defined by US standards, demonstrate the single most pressing issue facing China’s population today: pollution.

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Freedom-Loving Uighurs Demand Dignity in China

The Huffington Post, 16 July 2014

Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has never fostered peaceful and amicable relationships with the indigenous populations of historically non-Chinese territories.

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Dismantling the Kalachakra Sand Mandala, Visiting Educational Projects and a Lunch Hosted by the Muslim Co-ordination Committee, Leh

Dalai Lama, 16 July 2014

Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India, 16 July 2014 – One of the final events associated with the giving of the Kalachakra Empowerment is the dismantling of the sand mandala. When His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at the teaching pavilion this morning, the monks of Namgyal Monastery were already reciting the necessary rituals.

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China: Posters warn of bearded terrorists

BBC News, 15 July 2014

Posters have appeared in a southern Chinese city warning citizens against helping bearded terrorists, it appears. The images were posted in public places in Liuzhou in south-central Guangxi region, and were spotted by local blogger Liuzhou Laowai.

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Pride and Prejudice: Young, Uighur and in Beijing

Thatsmags, 15 July 2014

With the academic year drawing to a close, 21-year-old Aliya Abdikiram, a second-year student at the Communication University of China [CUC], is again trying to persuade her parents to allow her to stay in Beijing during the summer to work as an intern.

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