October 2017

Children of Detained Uyghurs Face ‘Terrible’ Conditions in Overcrowded Xinjiang Orphanages

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:16
A Uyghur woman carries a toddler as children play near a cage protecting Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty in Urumqi, May 1, 2014.

Authorities alleviate cramped quarters by sending kids to facilities in other parts of China, sources say.

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:14
A train in Xingjian. Last December, it was announced that Erik Prince’s Frontier Services Group (FSG) would set up two “forward operating bases,” including in Xinjiang, to support the development of China’s Road and Belt Initiative. (Photo: takeshisz via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater, is evidently mulling a run for a US Senate seat. At the same time, he is working with China’s government to provide security services in the restive western region of Xinjiang.

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:58

Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. “It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.” BuzzFeed News Reporter

China's 'stability maintenance' agents move to silence critics before party congress

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:24
 Li Wenzu, wife of detained lawyer Wang Quanzhang, protests in Beijing. China’s ‘stability maintenance’ apparatus has cracked down on human rights lawyers before Wednesday’s Congress. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

As Xi Jinping prepares for major speech, security agents have fanned out across the country to quell any hint of dissent

Xi Jinping’s quest to revive Stalin’s communist ideology

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:22
Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Pool photo by Andy Wong/Associated Press)

On Oct. 18, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party will meet in its 19th congress and reelect a party leader who, more than any Chinese strongman since Mao Zedong, has attempted to reinvigorate Communist ideology. We in the West ignore Xi Jinping’s pretensions at our peril.

China’s Party Congress Ramps Up Controls

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:19
A giant banner is seen in Beijing's central business area, as the capital prepares for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, October 14, 2017. The words on the banner read, "Unite closely around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, constantly win new victory for socialism with Chinese characteristics". © 2017 Reuters

Heightened ‘Stability Maintenance’ Bodes Ill for Rights Under Xi’s Second Term

China State Media Attacks Western Democracy Ahead of Congress

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:17

China's official Xinhua news agency attacked Western democracy as divisive and confrontational on Tuesday, praising on the eve of a key Communist Party Congress the harmony and cooperative nature of the Chinese system.

Uyghur Women and Children Endure Heavy Labor Amid Detentions in Xinjiang’s Hotan

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:04

They take on tough farm work to make up for wages lost by men held in re-education camps.

China Detains, Brainwashes 'Wild' Imams Who Step Out of Line in Xinjiang

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:02
Officials of the "stability maintenance" team in the Kanas Scenic Area of Xinjiang's Altay prefecture, close to China's border with Kazakhstan, in undated photo.

The crackdown comes after the Xinjiang Communist Party chief calls for a massive region-wide security operation to prevent the occurrence of any incident, large or small.

China Bans Use of Uyghur, Kazakh Textbooks, Materials in Xinjiang Schools

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:25
Uyghur students study at a bilingual middle school in Hotan, Xinjiang, in a file photo.

The move is the latest in a series of measures that privilege the use of Chinese in the region's schools, regardless of students' ethnicity.