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Cadence Column: Asia, February 25, 2019


Nations and peoples of the free world are reaching toward each other. The EU reached out to Taiwan and Taiwan was grateful. Taiwan reached out to CNN and CNN did an interview. Kim Jong Un is likely on a train headed through China to Vietnam to meet President Trump. President Trump met with the Vice … Continue reading

China is creating concentration camps in Xinjiang. Here’s how we hold it accountable.


China continues to see the uproar over its creation of concentration camps holding as many as 1 million ethnic Uighurs and others as a public-relations problem. In recent days, the government issued another white paper claiming it is protecting religious freedom and culture in the autonomous northwestern province of Xinjiang, despite evidence that it has … Continue reading

Russia reports that thousands of Chinese troops are to enter ISIS war


The Kremlin have announced that China are to send 5,000 of its most elite military forces into the Levant War Zone to help Russia in the fight against ISIS, which has left the Obama administration and the Pentagon “horrified”. The “Siberian Tiger” Special Forces and “Night Tiger” Special Forces Units were given authorisation to be deployed by China’s People’s Congress … Continue reading

While Beijing repeatedly rejects Japan’s apologies, China has its own horrors to atone for


Japan’s less-than-wholehearted remorse for its World War II-era atrocities has long been an unhealed wound in its relations with neighbours. The bruise is throbbing anew with the approach of August 15, the 70th anniversary of the announcement of Japan’s surrender. China’s ambassador to Tokyo revived the topic July 23, when he pointedly advised Japanese Prime … Continue reading

South China now favoured way out of country for IS recruits


China’s southern seaboard has replaced the mountainous and tightly guarded western frontier as the preferred route for Islamic extremists to slip recruits out of the country, according to a leading expert on terrorism. Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, claimed that “over … Continue reading

Tug-of-war between China, Turkey over suspected Uighurs in Thailand


Jiang Zemin was wise to allow Fang Lizhi, Wang Dan and others to leave China, while Hu Jintao was wise to allow Chen Guangcheng to leave China. It is hoped that Xi Jinping is as wise to allow the Uighur Muslims to leave China for Turkey, as long as Turkey is able to prevent them … Continue reading

China has just banned the burqa in its biggest Muslim city


Chinese authorities have banned women in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang—an autonomous western region where Muslims account for almost half of the population—from wearing burqas in public, according to a brief article on a government-run website, Tianshan News. Local legislators for Urumqi proposed the ban in December, and now the regional legislature has approved it. It’s not clear when … Continue reading

China blames terrorists for deadly Xinjiang attack; 15 dead, 14 injured


The following is based on reports in Chinese media: Singtao Daily says in its report today that at 1:30pm (11:30am according to SCMP), a group of terrorists threw explosives at, and hacked with knives and axes, innocent people at Meishi (meaning tasty food) Street, Shache County, Kashgar, Xinjiang. The policemen patrolling nearby streets rushed to … Continue reading

The Uighur people: In defence of the minority, their identity and autonomy


I am writing to bring to the attention of the world the horrible condition of the Uighur people and to highlight the persecution and oppression that they are undergoing under the Chinese Empire. Who are the Uighurs? According to the BBC report of the same title, April 30, 2014: “China’s western Xinjiang region has a … Continue reading

China’s Silent War on Terror


On a clear, sunny morning last October in Beijing, an S.U.V. carrying three people turned right on to Chang’an Avenue, plowed through crowds gathered near the entrance to the Forbidden City and burst into flames at northern edge of Tiananmen Square. The wreck killed five people, including three in the vehicle and two bystanders. Dozens more were … Continue reading

China says it may have citizens fighting in Iraq


Muslim extremists from China’s far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the upsurge of violence there, China’s special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday. China has repeatedly expressed concern about the upsurge in violence in Iraq and … Continue reading

Chinese government’s further attack on Islam as Ramadan fasting is banned


A number of government departments in China’s Xinjiang province have banned Muslim staff from observing the fast during the month of Ramadan in yet another attack on the rights of the country’s religious minorities. Activists have accused Beijing of exaggerating the threat from the country’s Muslim Uighur separatists to justify a crackdown on the religious … Continue reading

China’s police given guns; irresponsible shootings result


A string of shooting incidents involving Chinese police — leaving at least four people dead — has the public wondering if its rank-and-file police force is really ready to carry guns, as mandated by new regulations. Last month, two policemen brought a loaded gun to a kindergarten show-and-tell. The handgun mistakenly went off, injuring four … Continue reading

China’s paranoia: SWAT given ‘shoot on sight’ orders; commuters frisked as Beijing heightens anti-terror measures


Beijing subjected rush-hour passengers to an extra layer of security checks and gave orders allowing SWAT teams to shoot terrorists on sight, as it ramped up policing after a string of attacks on the mainland. This morning, hundreds of passengers queued up in security lines outside nine key subway stations in Beijing, where metro staff … Continue reading

Blasts kill dozens at market in China’s restive Xinjiang region


A series of explosions tore through an open-air market in the capital of the volatile western Chinese region of Xinjiang on Thursday, killing dozens of people and wounding many more, state media reported. China’s Ministry of Public Security said the attack in the heavily policed city of Urumqi was “a serious violent terrorist incident” and … Continue reading

China points to suicide blast in Urumqi attack


Chinese authorities say that two religious extremists carried out a terror attack at a train station in far-western Xinjiang region by detonating explosives, in an apparent suicide bombing that also killed one other person and wounded 79. The strike late Wednesday in Urumqi was the third high-profile attack in seven months blamed on Xinjiang extremists … Continue reading

China claims “terrorism” threats in apparent bid to get tougher on ethnic minorities


Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that China faces increasing threats to national security and warned of the dangers of terrorism in a speech indicating that Beijing could impose tougher controls on its ethnic minorities. Xi told a study session of the party’s decision-making Politburo “to resolutely stamp out the brazenness of the terrorists,” … Continue reading

Britain says China calls off human rights talks at last minute


China has called off talks with Britain on Beijing’s human rights record, the British government said on Monday, four days after Britain published a list of concerns. Chinese and British officials had been due to hold a round of the bilateral Human Rights Dialogue in London on Wednesday after they agreed to restart the regular … Continue reading

Germany presents Xi Jinping with historical map of China, which excludes Tibet, Taiwan and Xinjiang


Last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at a dinner where they exchanged gifts. Merkel presented to Xi a 1735 map of China made by prolific French cartographer Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville and printed by a German publishing house. According to an antique-maps website, d’Anville’s map was based on earlier geographical … Continue reading

From his Pakistan hideout, Uighur leader vows revenge on China


Entrenched in secret mountain bases on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, Uighur fighters are gearing up for retribution against China to avenge the deaths of comrades in Beijing’s crackdown on a separatist movement, their leader told Reuters. China, Pakistan’s only major ally in the region, has long urged Islamabad to weed out what it says are … Continue reading

China offers no hard evidence that Uighurs committed Kunming “terrorist” attack


Within minutes of the deadly stabbing attack at Kunming Rail Station in southwest China, the Chinese government were blaming Muslim separatists from the country’s northwest province of Xinjiang, but are yet to provide hard evidence for the claim. Police said they have captured the final three suspects in a knife attack that killed 29 people … Continue reading

China says it will win West over to its view on Tibet, Xinjiang


China has “time on its side” to win over Western opinion to its point of view on the restive regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, a senior official wrote on Wednesday, vowing with unusually strong language to ignore foreign pressure on human rights. Zhu Weiqun, chairman of the ethnic and religious affairs committee of the top … Continue reading

Triple explosions in China’s Xinjiang kill three


Triple explosions in China’s Xinjiang have killed three people and wounded two others, authorities said Friday, in what appears to be the latest incident of unrest in the largely Muslim region. One person was killed after two blasts in a hairdressing salon and market, while two others died inside a car which “self exploded” when … Continue reading

China: Xinjiang college says “approved political views” needed to graduate


College students in China’s restive western Xinjiang region will not graduate unless their political views are approved, a university official said, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism. Xinjiang is home to the Muslim Uighur ethnic group, many of whom resent controls imposed by Beijing and an inflow of … Continue reading

How China develops its counterterrorism capability


The effects of the Tiananmen Square incident continue to ripple through China, but surprisingly little has been said about what China has done in the field of counterterrorism. A vehicle ran through crowds of tourists and was lit on fire in front of the entrance to the Forbidden City under the gaze of Chairman Mao … Continue reading

China’s coming terrorism wave


Prediction time: China will experience unprecedented terrorism over the next few years. On October 28, a carload of Xinjiang residents made headlines by crashing into a Tiananmen Square crowd, killing two people while injuring 38. Then, on October 30, a series of explosions rocked the provincial Communist Party headquarters in Shanxi province, killing one person … Continue reading

China strips army official of position after attack


A senior military commander in China’s restive far west has been stripped of his position on a powerful Communist Party governing body after an attack in the nation’s capital last week that claimed five lives and deeply unnerved the Chinese leadership. The official, Gen. Peng Yong, chief of the People’s Liberation Army in Xinjiang, was … Continue reading

China detained five in connection with Tiananmen terror attack


China said on Wednesday it had caught five suspected Islamist militants after a vehicle burst into flames on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in what police called a terrorist attack. Authorities also moved to tighten security in the restive far western, energy-rich region of Xinjiang, where the suspects are from. The Xinjiang-registered SUV involved in Monday’s incident … Continue reading

New report says 15% of corruption accusations against China’s officials are made by mistresses


In the early days of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s drive to clean up the Communist Party’s image, disciplinary authorities benefited from the work of a group of accusers with particularly intimate knowledge of corrupt bureaucrats’ nefarious activities: their extramarital lovers. A district party chief in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, a police chief in the … Continue reading

China Internet crackdown snares Uighur users


China has arrested 139 people in Xinjiang for allegedly spreading jihad, state-run media said Wednesday, as it warns of growing religious extremism in the far western region home to Muslim Uighurs. Beijing has pointed to violent incidents to indicate a rising militant threat among the ethnic minority, but information in the vast region is tightly … Continue reading

China: Xinjiang serial terrorist attacks death toll rises to 35


Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily, which usually has better source of China news, said in its report titled Rioters went all out to attack people, blew up a police station with hand grenades: 27 dead in serial terrorist attacks in Xinjiang: “Yesterday, serial terrorist attacks occurred in Shanshan County, Turpan, Xinjiang. Rioters armed with knives, guns … Continue reading

27 die in rioting in Western China


At least 27 people died in rioting in far western China, when protesters attacked a police station and government offices and the police fired on the crowd, state media said. It was the worst spasm of violence for years in Xinjiang, a region troubled by tensions between Uighurs, an overwhelmingly Muslim ethnic minority, and China’s … Continue reading

Is China reviving the old Silk Road?


After enjoying a history of about 1600 years, the Silk Road had lost out to the Southern Ocean Corridor connecting Europe and Asia. But now there are signs that the old Silk Road is being revived. The Silk Road refers to the historical network of trading routes that connected Asia with the Middle East, North … Continue reading

China’s black hole – unlikely claims of terrorism in Xinjiang


China’s Black Hole – Let’s face it: We have little idea what’s actually going on in Xinjiang and Tibet. On April 23, 2013, or so it seems, 21 people were killed in the region of Xinjiang in northwest China. According to Hou Hanmin, a Xinjiang propaganda bureau spokeswoman, a gang of 14 “suspicious people” took three … Continue reading

China aims to banish superstition, promote knowledge


China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country’s top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper. Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said there had been an explosion of religious belief in China along with the … Continue reading

Uyghur jailings highlight Chinese media controls


China’s jailing of 20 ethnic Uyghurs this week on terrorism and separatism charges using online activism as a basis for their conviction reflects government moves to increase media controls and use weak laws to suppress voices in the troubled Xinjiang region, Uyghur rights groups say. The courts said the 20 Uyghur Muslims had had their … Continue reading

China’s Central Asia problem


Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, China and its Central Asian neighbours have developed a close relationship, initially economic but increasingly also political. Energy, precious metals, and other natural resources flow into China from the region. Investment flows the other way, as China builds pipelines, power lines and transport networks linking Central Asia to … Continue reading

China bans some hospitals from raising more debt


China ordered county-level public hospitals to stop borrowing money after an audit showed some of them took on too much debt when upgrading facilities, according to a document seen by Bloomberg News. The National Development and Reform Commission, the finance and health ministries and the China Banking Regulatory Commission, requested banks stop issuing new loans and reduce … Continue reading

Xinjiang: An inconvenient truth for the Chinese Communist Party


“In Urumqi, China, an exhibit on the first floor of the museum gives the government’s unambiguous take on the history of the border region: ‘Xinjiang has been an inalienable part of the territory of China,’ says one prominent sign. “But walk upstairs to the second floor, and the ancient corpses on display seem to tell … Continue reading

China: Two Xinjiang hijackers die in hospital


China’s official newspaper The Global Times reports from Urumqi and Beijing: Six suspected hijackers aged 20 to 36 tried to hijack a flight from Hotan to Urumqi in China’s far west Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Friday, local authorities confirmed to the Global Times. Passengers including six policemen and the crew fought against the hijackers … Continue reading

Zhou Yongkang elected a congress delegate


According to Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily and SCMP and China’s Xinjiang Daily, in Xinjiang’s election of 42 Xinjiang delegates to the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), CCP Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang was elected a delegate. Previously, there were various kinds of rumours on Zhou falling into disgrace as he was … Continue reading

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