December 2016

China's Xinjiang sets up legal team to prosecute terror cases

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 17:55
Soldiers of Xinjiang Armed Police Frontier Corps get drill in gobi desert of Yecheng County on August 17, 2015 in Kashgar, Xinjiang.

Prosecutors in China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang have set up a special team to handle terror-related cases, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday.

China Says 5 Killed in Attack at Communist Party Office in Xinjiang

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 15:44
Armed Chinese paramilitary policemen march during an anti-terrorist drill in Xinjiang, July 2, 2013.

Five people were killed in a clash at a branch of the Communist Party in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang, the state news media reported on Thursday.

China Warns of 'Foreign Powers' Subverting Communist Party Rule Online

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 15:39
Netizens surf the web at an Internet cafe in China's Zhejiang province in a file photo.

The country's internet regulator says action will be taken to ensure that netizens aren't bombarded by 'harmful information.'

Five dead in attack in China's Xinjiang

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 15:32
A map shows Qaraqash county in Xinjiang's Hotan prefecture.

Attackers drove a car into a government building in China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday and set off an explosive device killing one person, while all four of the attackers were shot dead, the regional government said.

Xinjiang: Uighurs Grapple with Travel Restrictions

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 15:30
Notice of requirement for residents to turn in passports issued by Ili authorities, April 30, 2015.

Ethnic Turkic-speaking Uighurs in China have long faced restrictions relating mainly to the practice of their religion, Islam. Now, under new regulations implemented last fall, their ability to travel apparently is being restricted, with residents of western Xinjiang province required to hand over their passports to police for "safekeeping."

China’s citizens free to believe, but not to practise

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 20:08

Addressing a conference on religion in April, President Xi Jinping, not unlike a zealous preacher, thumped the lectern and called for the “sinicisation” of religions in China. He demanded all faiths should be subservient to the might of the Communist Party of China.

Xi’s Power Play Foreshadows Historic Transformation of How China Is Ruled

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 20:04

China’s Communist Party elite was craving a firm hand on the tiller when it chose Xi Jinping for the nation’s top job in 2012. Over the previous decade, President Hu Jintao’s power-sharing approach had led to policy drift, factional strife and corruption.

Beijing's Eyes and Ears Grow Sharper in Xinjiang

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 15:26
Chili placed in the form of the Chinese national flag in Heshuo county, Xinjiang province, China, September 29, 2016.

The 24-7 Patrols of China's "Convenience Police"

Framing of Uighurs as terrorist threat for Indonesia

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 20:48
Suspected – A picture of Nuretin aka Abdul, one of two Uighurs believed to join with the East Indonesia Mujahiddin (MIT) terrorist group, led by Indonesia’s most wanted man Santoso aka Abu Wardah, is displayed during a press conference at the Central Sulawesi Police office in Palu on Wednesday. Nuretin was killed in a shootout between several MIT supporters and a joint police and military team in Mount Talabosa in Lore Piore district, Poso regency, on Tuesday morning. ( Sangadji)

Beijing has successfully used the securitization strategy to gradually convince most Chinese that the Uighurs, a predominately Muslim Chinese ethnic group, represent a domestic and international security threats.

China: Draft Police Law Entrenches Abuses

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 20:45
Protesters are pepper sprayed by police during a protest against what they call Beijing's interference over local politics and the rule of law. © 2016 Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Overhaul Needed to Curb Wide Police Powers