China warns of continuing terrorist threat in Xinjiang

Associated Press, 29 February 2016


Associated Press  Terrorism still poses a threat in China’s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang despite a massive security presence and the passage of tough new anti-terrorism legislation, a top Chinese anti-terrorism officer was quoted on Saturday as saying.

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Family Visit to Jailed Uyghur Scholar Put Off Until March

Radio Free Asia, 26 February 2016


RFA Uyghur Service  The wife of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti said a planned prison visit by his brother last week did not take place, but that she had expected to visit her husband in March.

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China’s Xinjiang to use entertainment, possibly singing and dancing, in terror fight

Reuters, 25 February 2016

People wearing costumes perform at a square during a celebration on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in Urumqi

By Ben Blanchard  China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang will use entertainment to fight terrorism, holding cultural activities – which typically involve singing and dancing – to spread its law-enforcement message, state media said on Thursday.

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Beijing is banning all foreign media from publishing online in China

Quartz, 24 February 2016


By Heather Timmons and Zheping Huang – In the latest sign that China’s long-touted “opening up” is reversing into a “closing down,” a Chinese ministry has issued new rules that ban any foreign-invested company from publishing anything online in China, effective next month.

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A Looming Crisis for China’s Legal System

Foreign Policy, 23 February 2016

Tiananmen Square Anniversary

By Jerome A. Cohen  In China, politics continues to control law. The current leadership has rejected many of the universal legal values that China accepted — at least in principle — under communist rule in some earlier eras. Today, for example, to talk freely about constitutional reform, even within the sheltered confines of universities and academic journals, is not a safe enterprise.

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Tibetan Monk Jailed For Two Years Over Dalai Lama Photo

Radio Free Asia, 23 February 2016


RFA Uyghur Service  A court in northwestern China’s Qinghai province has handed a two-year jail term to a Tibetan monk accused of passing a photo of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to friends via social media, sources in the region and in exile said.

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Uyghur Human Rights Project Petitions China to Free Political Prisoners

The Huffington Post, 22 February 2016


By Greg Fay  Uyghurs across the world, except in China, joined in protest on February 5, 2016, to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Ghulja massacre. The incident took place in the city of Ghulja, near the Kazakh border in the northwestern part of East Turkestan, the Uyghur homeland which is situated in northwestern China.

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China Tensions Fuel Acceleration in Military Spending in Asia

Bloomberg Business, 22 February 2016


By David Tweed  China’s military growth combined with heightened territorial tensions is likely to propel the Asia Pacific region to the top rank of military spending by the end of the decade, according to a report by IHS Jane’s.

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