Restive Chinese region offers rewards to recruit more police

Associated Press, 7 March 2017

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Associated Press — Authorities in China’s western region of Xinjiang are offering high salaries and other benefits to recruit police in the restive area, which has experienced bloody attacks blamed on ethnic separatists.

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A heavy hand in Xinjiang

The Japan Times, 7 March 2017

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Japan Times — China has long had an uneasy relationship with the Uighurs, Muslims who constitute a majority of the population in the western province of Xinjiang. The Chinese Communist Party has worried about the threat of terrorism emanating from the region and has adopted increasingly repressive policies to counter that danger. The result, predictably enough, has been growing unrest. Beijing is now stepping up activities in the region and beyond its borders to check this threat; an indiscriminate heavy hand will do more harm than good.

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China accuses western media of fake news about human rights

The Guardian, 3 March 2017

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By Tom Phillips — China has launched a Donald Trump-style attack on foreign media, branding claims that a leading human rights lawyer was tortured by government agents fake news.

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End of the Road: One Belt, One Road and the Cumulative Economic Marginalization of the Uyghurs

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 6 March 2017

UHRP – End of the Road: One Belt, One Road and the Cumulative Economic Marginalization of the Uyghurs, a new research report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), is an examination of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) economic initiative from a Uyghur human rights perspective. The report is an analytical appraisal of OBOR’s potential impact on East Turkestan and sets the initiative within the context of previous economic campaigns in the region.

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How Trump could find common ground with China, thanks to the Islamic State

The Washington Post, 3 March 2017

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By Adam Taylor — Since the election of Donald Trump, the relationship between Washington and Beijing has appeared strained. Despite diplomatic efforts to bridge the gap, China and the United States are at loggerheads over a variety of issues, including trade and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

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China congress: BBC team forced to sign confession

BBC, 3 March 2017

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By John Sudworth — The plan was a simple one. We’d arranged to meet a woman in her village in China’s central Hunan Province and to then travel with her by train to Beijing, filming as we went.

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China deploys aircraft, combat helicopters in anti-terror drill in Xinjiang province

The Hindustan Times, 2 March 2017

By Sutirtho Patranobis — China deployed multiple aircraft including combat helicopters in a counter-terror drill in its restive northwestern region of Xinjiang this week.

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