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An SVG map of China with the Xinjiang autonomous region highlighted. Wikipedia
Oct 9, 2018

Since its founding in 1949, the Chinese communist government in Beijing has long considered a northwestern region on its vast political map a primary troubled spot for the regime and has systematically implemented various measures to seek total control of this important territory. Of the four non-China Proper areas, the other three, i.e. Manchuria, Mongolia and Tibet have longer, and more complicated historical connections with China.

Demonstrators protesting China's treatment of Uighurs, Washington, D.C., 2009 (Source: Flickr/Malcolm Brown)
Oct 9, 2018

During a 2013 trip to Kazakhstan, Xi Jinping announced the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI)—China’s ambitious plan to enhance its “friendship” with the rest of the world through expanded investments in infrastructure and trade. Xinjiang, a resource-rich autonomous region in Northwest China lying at the border of Kazakhstan and seven other central Asian countries, was to be a crucial economic artery for this new world-embracing plan.

Pence accused China of "meddling in America's democracy," in a wide-ranging speech.
Oct 4, 2018

Pence accused China of "meddling in America's democracy," in a wide-ranging speech. He also slammed China's militarization of contested areas in the South and East China Sea, its practice of "debt diplomacy" in developing countries, and efforts to convince other nations to sever ties with Taiwan.

A face scan checkpoint to exit the high-speed train in Turpan. The line on the left side which goes through a simple metal gate held open by an officer is for Han people.
Oct 4, 2018

Both peoples inhabit the same land – Xinjiang in western China – but their lives could not be more different.

Abdukerim Rahman
Oct 3, 2018

For decades there was an inside joke that was told by generations of Uyghur students in the School of Humanities at Xinjiang University. The joke went: “How can you be a doctoral advisor without having a Ph.D. degree?” In response they would say,

Oct 1, 2018

Unfortunately, the relevance of human rights is often overshadowed by other things.

A checkpoint at the entrance to a supermarket in Kashgar Meduza
Oct 1, 2018

Range of measures needed to counter crackdown in which up to 1 million ethnic Uygurs and other Muslims are thought to be detained, congressional committee hears

Sep 28, 2018

Beijing is stepping up the pressure on the Uyghur diaspora, even as it cracks down on their relatives in Xinjiang.

Sep 27, 2018

“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is executing a horrific campaign against religious and ethnic minorities in China’s Northwest, involving systemic religious and cultural oppression, mass internment in ‘re-education’ centers, and the creation of a dystopian high-tech police state. "


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