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Twelve dead in NW China violence

Twelve dead in NW China violence | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Chinese state media says 12 people have died in riots near the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang province, a region hit by riots in 2009.

 

The Xinhua news agency reported that rioters killed 10 people, while police shot dead two of the rioters.

The report gives no detail as to what might have triggered the violence.

 

Security has been high in the north-western province since riots in 2009 in the capital Urumqi between the Muslim Uighurs, who are the largest ethnic group, and Han Chinese migrants.

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Police shoot 7 'terrorists' in China's Muslim west

Police shoot 7 'terrorists' in China's Muslim west | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Police in China's restive Central Asia border area fatally shot seven members of a Muslim ethnic group in what officials said Thursday was an attempt to end a kidnapping by terrorists, but what a rights group said was excessive force.
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Xinjiang’s Key to Central Asia

Xinjiang’s Key to Central Asia | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
The Chinese have done a lot in upgrading the infrastructure in Xinjiang, and are helping with developments across Central Asia too. Road, rail, and air links have all been significantly improved.


While it is the Han Chinese that dominate, the impact of history runs deep. Mandarin is the language of commerce in China and needed to do business with the Chinese merchants in Xinjiang. But elsewhere, the unifying language is Russian, a legacy of the Soviet years of Central Asia. In fact, if Stalin hadn’t been so amenable, Xinjiang may have joined them – it was only after Mao persuaded him the Chinese could manage Xinjiang and dilute any possibility of an Islamic State emerging that Stalin acquiesced. But to trade in Central Asia, you need Russian. I speak a little, and visited the lorry depots and goods warehouses. Signage, all Cyrillic, again that encyclopedia of exotic destinations: a really lonely planet mapped out in mountain passes, diesel fumes, and Turkish tobacco. Elsewhere, hand in hand with Russian, go Islamic sensibilities.

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Seven 'terrorists' shot dead in China

Seven 'terrorists' shot dead in China | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
A police operation to free hostages in restive Xinjiang Province left seven...

 

Fears over cross-boarder terrorism playing a bigger role in the backlash against what many see as China's cultural genocide policy in Xinjiang, are on the rise.


The vast remote province is highly valued by Beijing because of its natural resources, and the province is also becoming increasingly used as a transport and pipeline route into neighbouring states in south and central Asia where China has made huge investments to tap natural gas and oil supplies.

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These deals – and this week's earlier announcement that China is to drill for oil in Afghanistan – is seen by some analysts as raising China's profile as a legitimate target among extremists angry at Beijing's treatment of its Muslim nationals.

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China: Uyghurs Held After House Searches

China: Uyghurs Held After House Searches | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Authorities in China's troubled northwestern Xinjiang region have stepped up security checks on citizens, an overseas rights group said on Tuesday, as at l...

 

Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress, said the tightened measures had begun last week in the regional capital Urumqi, but had also been reported in the south of the region, where police were carrying out house searches in the middle of the night.

 

“In the Aksu district there were some Uyghurs who were discovered in possession of photographs of [exiled Uyghur leader] Rebiya Kadeer and former U.S. president George W. Bush on their computers,” Raxit said. “They were detained.”

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Unrest in Xinjiang: Diplomatic Sqaure’s interview with Ms. Rebiya Kadeer » World Uyghur Congress

Unrest in Xinjiang: Diplomatic Sqaure’s interview with Ms. Rebiya Kadeer » World Uyghur Congress | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

Xinjiang has been simmering with discontent that erupted a few months ago with over 140 people killed and large-scale arson and rioting, particularly in Urumchi and areas bordering Pakistan.

Due to the absence of free press and free speech, there are allegations and counter allegations while one has to depend largely on official versions and news that trickles out through private channels, internet, cell phone and word of mouth.

We bring here an interview of the Uyghur leader, Rebiya Kadeer, taken by our oath American representative, Vijay Wadhwani.

In another page, we carry a response received from the Embassy of China at Delhion their point of view of the Uyghur issue which is now attracting global attention.

Please, read the full article on the Aug-Oct 2011 Issue of Diplomatic Square at:

http://www.uyghurcongress.org/en/wp-content/uploads/DS-Aug-Oct-2011.pdf

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