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"#China has issued a new directive that forbids #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang from discussing the network of internment camps or accepting calls from international phone numbers ahead of an expected visit by the United Nations human rights chief."…
A police working in Kashgar told RFA that police received special government notices on how to prepare for the visit this month by Michelle Bachelet, the U.N.’s high commissioner for human rights.
The policeman said he was a Chinese Communist Party member and was playing a leading role in disseminating the notices during political study sessions and enforcing their mandates.
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#SocialCreditSysteme, die Menschen aufgrund ihres Verhaltens bewerten, kennen wir vor allem aus #China. Sie werden aber auch - in abgeschwächter Form - im Westen Realität werden. Ein Thread 🧵🇨🇳👇
China arbeitet seit Jahren an einem flächendeckenden Überwachungssystem. Dabei helfen Millionen von Kameras, Gesichtserkennungssoftware und Algorithmen, die das Verhalten der Chinesen registrieren und auswerten.…
Vieles davon wird in #Xinjiang an den #Uiguren erprobt und dann auf andere Provinzen und Städte übertragen
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By @LiYuan6: “Both the #Xinjiang crackdown and the #Shanghai lockdown are political campaigns that can be explained only through the governing rationale of the ruling Communist Party: Do whatever it takes to achieve the leadership's goal.”…
“The political slogans in the government’s zero-Covid campaign echo those in the Xinjiang crackdowns. Residents in both places are subject to social control and surveillance.
Instead of re-education camps in Xinjiang, about half a million Shanghai residents who tested positive were sent to quarantine camps.”
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How much #China and #Russia cooperate in spreading #propaganda and #disinformation in Europe? With my colleagues @VBlablova and @Pavel_Havlicek_ we looked at the issue and mapped 30 months of China-related messages found in pro-Kremlin #media in the Czech Republic. Threat 🧵
Specifically, we focused on 5 key topics: #5G, Chinese #investment, protests in #HongKong, #Xinjiang and #Taiwan.
Three findings which surprised me the most?
1⃣There are, indeed, quite interesting (read: potentially effective) attempts to localize.
2⃣ On some issues, such as Hong Kong, 20% of all agenda setters were of the Chinese origin. On 5G issue, 24% of all cited sources were Chinese, while additional 14% were Russian. These agenda-setters set the tone of the texts published in Czech.
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A group of #Uyghur survivors of #China’s internment camps began a weeklong rally outside the United Nations compound in Geneva, seeking a meeting with the U.N. human rights chief and urging her to issue a report detailing rights abuses in #Xinjiang.…
Qelbinur Sidiq, Gulbahar Jelilova, Gulbahar Haitiwaji and Omir Bekali have requested a meeting with Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.
The Uyghurs want Bachelet to release the human rights report before she visits China. They offered to accompany the former Chilean president on the trip.
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How is to work as a foreign journalist in China these days ? A little 🧵… ( with 📸)
Traveling in the country has been increasingly difficult over the last months, mainly through COVID measures. But we still tried to go on reporting trips nonetheless.
One story led us to the town of Baotou in Inner Mongolia. The province has a history of being not particularly inviting to foreign media but previous trips have been manageable even if at times difficult.
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A Christian Chinese national who spent 10 months in a #Xinjiang detention camp has arrived in the United States after months of behind-the-scenes lobbying by U.S. lawmakers, human rights activists and international lawyers.…
The man, Ovalbek Turdakun, will provide evidence that international human rights lawyers say is vital to the case they have submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor arguing that China has committed crimes against humanity in Xinjiang.
Ovalbek and his wife and child were authorized to enter the U.S. on significant public benefit parole, which permits entry for special purposes such as testifying in a proceeding but does not grant immigration status, ...
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At least 100 residents from the same small community in northwestern China’s #Xinjiang region have been imprisoned by authorities, a security guard from the area said.…
When RFA asked how Chinese authorities were treating the families of those who had been imprisoned, the security guard mentioned the number of jailed residents from Sheyih Mehelle hamlet in Ghulja (in Chinese, Yining) county.
The guard also said that the government has provided aid to the families of the prisoners, including food, clothing and coal — 30 tons of which had recently been distributed to at least 100 households.

“The government has been taking care of them,” he said.
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The #Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, situated in the border area of northwest China and the hinterland of the Eurasian Continent, occupies an area of 1.6649 million sq km, accounting for one sixth of Chinese territory. It has a land border of 5,700 km bounded by 8 countries.↘️ Image
It was an important section of the ancient Silk Road. Since ancient times,#Xinjiang has been inhabited by many ethnic groups believing in a number of religions. Since the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD),it has been an inseparable part of the unitary multi-ethnic Chinese nation↘️ Image
According to statistics, in the year 2020 #Xinjiang had a population of 25.8523 million, including 14.9322 million people of other ethnic groups than the Han, China's majority ethnic group.↘️ Image
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Chinese authorities in #Xinjiang are restricting the number of Muslims allowed to observe Ramadan, drawing heavy criticism from rights groups that see the government directive as the latest effort to diminish #Uyghur culture in the region.…
Some neighborhood committees in Urumqi (in Chinese, Wulumuqi) and some village officials in Kashgar (Kashi) and Hotan (Hetian) prefectures have received notices that only 10-50 Muslims will be allowed to fast during Ramadan, ...
... which runs from April 1 to May 1, and that those who do so must register with authorities, according local administrators and police in Xinjiang.
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Police in #China’s #Xinjiang ranked first in the country in 2021 for solving all homicide cases, while the region’s High People’s Court was hailed as a model for concluding the greatest number of cases last year, according to a Chinese state media report.…
Xinjiang’s Public Security Bureau achieved a 100% resolution rate in current murder cases for six consecutive years, ranking first in the country, while the region’s High People’s Court handled 17,600 cases related to people’s livelihoods in 2021,...
... the highest number in all of China said the March 25 report by the China News Service in Urumqi.
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#China’s severe repression in #Xinjiang raises serious concerns that the seven students are still under some form of detention or movement restrictions. The Chinese government should immediately free them and restore their rights," said @wang_maya.…
" A government list of prisoners leaked in December 2021 indicates that six of the seven students on the list were sentenced in December 2014 to between three-and-a-half and eight years in prison.
Although they would have completed their sentences, it is unclear whether they have been released."
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Despite Beijing’s attempts to be neutral and keep the attack WAR #Russia🇷🇺 started against _European_ #Ukraine🇺🇦🌻

far away from its ties with _Europe_ hangs Russia🇷🇺’s invasion heavily over the long-delayed annual #China🇨🇳-#EU🇪🇺 summit on Friday. 1/…
“Now we have made it clear to 🇨🇳 that we also want to talk about Ukraine🇺🇦.”

The stalled #Bilateral_trade_deal🇪🇺🇨🇳 – the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (#CAI) – will be up for discussion from April 1.

The summit was last held in June 2020 and was called off last year 2/
after 🇪🇺 accusations of human rights abuses in #Xinjiang set off sanctions between the 🇪🇺 and 🇨🇳.
@ EUparliament then voted to freeze discussion of the #CAI, which had taken _7 years_ to negotiate.
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I'm gonna share with you my life stories as a Han Chinese grew up in #Xinjiang. First of all, I have to notice you that since I'm neither Uyghur nor other ethnic minorities, my experiences can be one-sided and I can't represent anyone other than myself.

A long thread.
As a Han Chinese who was born in Xinjiang, I had no concept of ethnic group when I was a child. One of our neighbor was a Uyghur family who were runing a kebab stall in our littile town. Since I was born as a meat lover, I used to eat 5 kebabs every friday at their stall…
it was like my weekly routine. Sometimes their daughter would invite me to their home playing with her or having a cup of tea. When I was in grade three, I had got a chance to put on a short play with another two classmates of mine (one is Uyghur who was the only Uyghur student…
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Some book reviews! My fieldwork in Urumchi #Xinjiang planned to explore relations between Han, #Uyghurs, & party-state, particularly how urban groups most exposed to party education understand each other and how interactions shape #nationalism #security…
What wasn't planned was 2009 mass violence. Han & #Uyghurs explained violence with narratives familiar from living there previously but crystallised into starker boundaries & insecurity. #China's party-state framed Uyghur identities as security problems, intensifying insecurity.
I had hoped to live there again during more peaceful times and even explore some themes in the reviews below. But Xi's ethnic extinction policies and his closed "new era" means we have to learn and use new methods.
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A chilling article published by #China's state-run Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday, targeting Chinese journalists hired by western media, characterizing them as "pawns to propagate their China-bashing rhetoric."…
"Don't expect these anti-China stories to be convincing, even if narrated by Chinese journalists, most of whom are born in China and appear in front of television screens as so-called 'China experts,'" the article wrote.
"Manipulating these journalists to misrepresent China and stir up ideological bias against the country has once again revealed that so-called 'press freedom' touted by the Western media is just a handy tool to advance a narrow political agenda," the article added.
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By @BethanyAllenEbr: "A group of Chinese international students at Cornell University booed and left an event last week in protest after a Uyghur student spoke about her brother's detention amid the Chinese government's genocide in #Xinjiang."…
During the question and answer portion of the talk, Cornell student @Rizwangul asked Slotkin why the U.S. and international community had reacted with great speed and resolve to punish Russia for invading Ukraine but had yet to ...
... levy a similar sanctions regime on the Chinese government for its genocide in Xinjiang.
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#China today has city-wide #Covid lockdowns in place in #Shenzhen (12.5 million people), #Dongguan (10.5 million), #Langfang (5.5 million) + a province-wide lockdown in #Jilin (24 million residents). Also quasi-lockdown provisions, in #Shanghai (26 million) & #Xian (13 million).
In addition, there are #Covid restrictions in cities right across #China from localised housing community lockdowns to the closure of bars and restaurants, schools shifting to online classes etc. Many cities also carrying out mass testing.
As #China’s officials continue to pursue a “zero-#Covid” strategy aiming for elimination in each outbreak, there’re more than 50 million residents under strict, stay at home, lockdown today. Then add those under softer “quasi-lockdown” measures that’s more like 90 million people.
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After the 2009 violence between Han, #Uyghurs, and #Xinjiang’s security organs, #China’s party-state used region-wide compulsory “ethnic unity education” to "defeat separatism." A key text from those classes is now available. What does it tell us? 🧵…

The text is hosted on @YXiaocuo ‘s Xinjiang Documentation Project website. Their goal is to uplift survivors’ voices and create a reliable resource to combat state-sponsored erasure of evidence and partisan presentation of the crisis in Xinjiang
2. How are these texts studied?

To pass compulsory “ethnic unity” (minzu tuanjie) exams, schoolchildren, students, and state employees had to chant together in class and pass exams on their own identity and official narratives of history and separatism
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Sports and politics collided in an incendiary display today during a routine press conference at the Olympic Games in #Beijing, despite assurances, the Games are supposed to remain apolitical.…
A journalist asked during a routine press conference Thursday about whether Taiwan's Olympic team would appear at the closing ceremony.
"What I want to say is that there is only one China in the world. Taiwan is an indivisible part of China," said Yan Jiarong, a spokesperson with Beijing's organizing committee for the Olympic Games.
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U.S.-based Muslim civil liberties urge #Tesla to close showrooms in China’s #Xinjiang #Uygur Autonomous Region
A major US civil liberty organization has called on Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk to close a recently opened showroom in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Massacres targeting religious and ethnic minorities.
In a statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Tesla must cease what is equivalent to financial support for genocide.
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Walmart Inc arm Sam's Club, responding to the furore in #China over what local media said was its deliberate removal of #Xinjiang-sourced products from its app, denied the move in a call with analysts and termed it "a misunderstanding".…
Chinese social media users and local news outlets criticised Sam's Club, a members only warehouse club that offers products and services, last week for the removal of the products from its domestic online stores.
China's anti-graft agency accused the U.S. retailer and Sam's Club of "stupidity and short-sightedness" over the matter.
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Tesla has opened a new showroom in #Xinjiang, the remote region where Chinese authorities are carrying out a campaign of forcible assimilation against religious minorities that has become a public-relations quagmire for Western brands.…
Tesla started operations at the new showroom in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, the company said in a Dec. 31 post on its official account on China’s popular Twitter-like social-media platform Weibo.
“On the last day of 2021, we meet in Xinjiang. In 2022, let us together launch Xinjiang on its electric journey!” Tesla wrote in the post, which was accompanied by pictures from an opening ceremony that included traditional Chinese lion dances and ...
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This is one of the most interesting articles I’ve read lately.

“But a legacy of the one-child policy, scrapped in 2016, is a dwindling number of women of childbearing age as well as a generation of only children who are less eager to marry and start a family.”
“Shandong province is known in China for sometimes extreme enforcement of birth restrictions, including a 1991 campaign in parts of the city of Liaocheng dubbed “Hundred Days, No Child.” A 2012 documentary by Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television…”
“…details how local officials, to make their birth data look better, forced women found to be pregnant to abortion centers, even if the baby was their first and allowed under the one-child policy.”
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