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We are pleased to inform interested and concerned parties that the *full set of session recordings* from our Newcastle University conference 'The #Xinjiang Crisis: Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, Justice' (1-3 Sept) are available online here:… #Uyghurs
Thread #3: Our conference speakers include experts on Xinjiang (continued): @LauraTMurphy @Rachel_A_Harris
@jtmcmurray @em_upson Dilmurat Mahmut,
and Hanna Burdorf
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Day 2 of the Second Hearings of The Uyghur Tribunal to investigate potential genocide and crimes against humanity in #Xinjiang is underway. You can watch it live HERE:
THREAD: Christian Tyler (Author, historian of Xinjiang): "Violence from Uyghurs often took place in *retaliatory* fashion...they are fiercely protective of their womenfolk if violated. But 'Terrorism' used by the Chinese authorities to denounce *anything* they don't approve of."
Christian Tyler on the Tian'anmen crash 'suicide attack' in 2013: "What kind of 'terrorist' attack is that? Why do you take your mother-in-law with you?" [the car contained a #Uyghur man, his wife & mother-in-law; some suggest it was in fact chased into Square by Chinese police].
Read 10 tweets… Uyghur Tribunal: Second Hearings start tomorrow. If you're in or near London, get yourself down there.
Geoffrey Nice QC, #UyghurTribunal: "It will become apparent that genocide does not necessarily involve mass killings ... yet genocide without mass killings has not previously been dealt with to conclusion anywhere in the world ... there is no precedent":
Geoffrey Nice QC: "The law comes from legal instruments that came into being after the 2nd World War. The purpose was to prevent suffering...the unbelivable consequences of those two wars...and to prevent ever happening again the annihilations that took place in Germany, Poland."
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-PLA exposed
-World only knows abt PLA what #CCP tells
-#USArmy releases ATP 7-100.3
-SWOT Analysis
-Older combat systems r expected beyond 2035
-Less important Cmds get discarded eqpt
-Recent upgraded eqpt for #Xinjiang Military District shows importance of region
-3 types of combined-arms brigades:motorized, mechanized, armored
-18 reserve & militia divs
-Most brigades eqpd with older systems
-Struggles with decentralizing planning & operations at lower tactical echelons,complexities of informationized battlefield & modern mech forces
-High #technical demands on informationized soldier
-Heavy logistics & maintenance demand on mechanized forces
-Limited combat power of expeditionary forces
-Marine Corps incapable of deploying heavy mechanized forces outside of shared land borders & territorial waters
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Kyrgyz living in Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan has
a storied past. I will make a thread abt their history navigating empires and nation-states

photo by Matthieu Paley
By 1600s, nomadic Kyrgyz were subjugated by Oirat Mongols who had growing increasingly powerful in the Altai region in their war against Khalkha Mongols in Monglia. Oirat power based in Ili valley of today's #Xinjiang
1 tribe of the Oirat Mongol confederation soon pushed out other Oirat tribes (Khoshot went to conquer Tibet, Torghut went to Volga river in Russia) to establish Dzungar Khanate in present day #Xinjiang/nearby regions. Dzungar Khan Galdan then drove Khalkha frm Outer Mongolia
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News like these are anti-US propaganda and self-consolation. I don't think the #CCP politburo is celebrating this lol, they're just tryna manipulate public opinions against US.

US withdrawal from AFG is probably a risky strategic gamble. AFG neighbours are no longer free riders.
AFG neighbours such as China, Russia and Iran need to deal with the national security threats posed by Taliban's soft power (#islamism) and hard power (#jihadism). Taliban is never trustable, and they were one of the supporters of #Xinjiang islamist militants, according to China.
Apparently, China took down the government study as Taliban seizes power in Afghanistan. Here's the archive:…

| More reading materials |
-Council on Foreign Relations:…
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BREAKING: Global brands, governments, and financial institutions are supporting #ForcedLabor and abuse in #Xinjiang through their purchases and investments Image
In a new report, we reveal how the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) – a sanctioned Chinese government conglomerate that perpetrates mass detention and forced labor of #Uyghur people in #China – is still very much a part of global trade and finance. Image
How did we uncover this? We identified and mapped almost 3,000 majority-owned XPCC subsidiaries. By analyzing trade and financial data, we discovered that the XPCC has continued to engage in economic activity through trade, foreign subsidiaries, and financial markets. Image
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NEW: Hikvision is refusing to respond to pointed questions from the UK's Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner (@BSCCommissioner) such as "whether your camera technology has in fact been used in the Uyghur internment camps"… via @ipvideo
@BSCCommissioner also asked Hik - a major UK #videosurveillance provider - "whether you accept that basic premise, namely that crimes are being committed against the Uyghurs" & whether Hik had "knowledge of the use(s) of its surveillance camera systems in the internment" camps?
yet Hikvision has so far refused to answer, offering a meeting instead, which the Commissioner declined until Hikvision provides a written and public "substantive response"
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Sinopec's exploration area in #China's northwestern desert is flooded
Snow melting is a common scene in southern #Xinjiang each year, but the recent extreme weather of heavy rainfalls is rare.… Image
#China’s Mind-Blowing Weather Modification, Geoengineering, & ELF Transmitter Projects!
Thousands of cloud seeding generators in #Tibet, a new Ionospheric Heater, steering Rivers in the Sky, the size of New York City!… Image
China needs more water. So it’s building a rain-making network three times the size of Spain
to the Tibetan plateau, Asia’s biggest freshwater reserve (2018)
(Note: is severe flooding the result?)🤔… ImageImageImage
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Where is this in the photo? Everyone immediately thinks of Palestine, or the war torn Middle East in general after the US/Nato bombings...

What a contrast with Xinjiang where people live in peace and prosperity sheltered from US bombings and CIA backed terrorism.
A similar scene of children playing in water in Xinjiang!

The photo in my first tweet is in Syria. US wants to turn Xinjiang into Syria. They are at the stage of inventing a genocide as they did to Syria with the staged Douma chemical attack.
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This morning French foreign minister delivered an important speech at @CarnegieEndow and @franceintheus on France's vision for the Indo-Pacific and China. A 🧵 for those who missed it 👇
First, Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that the Indo-Pacific has become "a central region for the balances of the world" and that there is a "rising awareness" among Europeans about this strategic shift.
France is particularly cognizant of the importance of the Indo-Pacific, as it defines itself as an "Indo-Pacific nation" thanks to its overseas territories which are home to 1.6 million French citizens. These territories provide to France the second largest EEZ in the world.
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A deep-dive piece from @BBCWorld about the growing number of foreign vloggers suspected of cooperating with #China's official media in propaganda campaigns related to #Xinjiang and other areas.…
The vloggers include British expatriates Barrie Jones, Jason Lightfoot and father-and-son team Lee and Oli Barrett, who use their platforms to comment on the West's alleged "lies" and China's government policies.
They have subsequently gone on to appear in videos for Chinese state broadcaster CGTN.
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As previously reported, the US government added 14 companies from #China and other entities to its economic blacklist over alleged human rights abuses and high-tech surveillance in Xinjiang.…
The Commerce Department said the companies had been "implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass detention, and high technology surveillance against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minority groups in #Xinjiang.
They include the China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology; Xinjiang Lianhai Chuangzhi Information Technology Co; Shenzhen Cobber Information Technology Co; Xinjiang Sailing Information Technology; Beijing Geling Shentong Information Technology;
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The @JoeBiden administration is set to add more than 10 Chinese companies to its economic blacklist as early as Friday for alleged human rights abuses and high-tech surveillance in #Xinjiang, two sources told the Reuters news agency.…
The US Commerce Department action follows the addition of five other companies and other Chinese entities to the blacklist over allegations of forced labour in the far western region of China.
The additions to Commerce Department’s Entity List are part of the Biden administration’s efforts to hold China accountable for human rights violations, the sources said.
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EU lawmakers on Thursday called for officials from the bloc to skip the 2022 Winter Olympics in #Beijing unless #China improves on human rights in #HongKong and for the #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang.…
The non-binding resolution passed with 578 votes in favour, 29 against and 73 abstentions and had the backing of all of Europe’s mainstream political groups, including the centre-right EPP group of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the centrists of France’s Emmanuel Macron.
Lawmakers called on the EU’s institutions and member states “to decline invitations for government representatives and diplomats to attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics unless the Chinese Government demonstrates a verifiable improvement in the human rights situation...
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US' biggest nightmare is #Xinjiang becoming a stable & prosperous region. (Terrorism breeds in the fertile ground of poverty & chaos.) To prevent this, US has undertaken campaigns to strangle Xinjiang's key industries: cotton, tomato (1/4 of world's ketchup) & now solar panels.
in the name of boycotting "slave labor" which is 100% fake news.

Xinjiang plays a key role in China's BRI connecting the Eurasian continent. Another nightmare haunts the US, ie, Xinjiang becoming the economic model of Central Asia and the Middle East.
If the neighboring countries imitate Xinjiang at China's help and become integrated into the China led vast Eurasian economic zone, the US hegemony will be seriously amputated.
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In what is quite possibly one of the least necessary crossovers ever, here's a botnet that mostly spams propaganda about #Xinjiang but very occasionally tweets porn too .

cc: @ZellaQuixote
This botnet consists of 183 accounts created between December 2020 and March 2021, mostly in batches. Nearly all of their tweets contain random four letter codes, which we've also seen in a previous Xinjiang propaganda botnet (now suspended):
The accounts in this botnet post almost all of their tweets via Twitter Web App, with very occasional tweets posted via Twitter for Advertisers. All of the Twitter for Advertisers tweets are Arabic-language porn tweets.
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It seems highly questionable that the sequences found by @jbloom_lab, which would likely have suggested the wet market origin story was wrong, were deleted just when the Chinese gov’t was actively peddling an outbreak story they very likely knew was false.…
It’s equally outrageous that int'l experts can’t even speak w/ the scientists who did this work & that journalists from countries where so many have died from this totally avoidable catastrophe can’t ask Chinese scientists the most basic questions about their work & actions.
A brave Chinese scientist, Botao Xiao, released a preprint in Feb '20 considering a possible #COVID19 lab origin. His paper was withdrawn and int’l media & experts have no access to him & most other Chinese scientists w/ relevant info. This is outrageous.…
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Personnel at all US ports of entry instructed to immediately begin detaining shipments that contain silica-based products made by Hoshine Silicon Industry as they are suspected of being made with forced labor in Xinjiang, #China.…
ICYMI, I asked @PressSec on Wednesday about this issue:… #Xinjiang #China #HumanRights #solarenergy
Update: Five Chinese entities added to the @CommerceGov Entity List for accepting or utilizing forced labor in the implementation of the PRC campaign of repression against Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang.
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An incredible investigation by @propublica and @nytimes about how #China spreads its #Xinjiang propaganda through "testimonial videos." "An analysis of more than 3,000 of the videos evidence of an influence campaign orchestrated by the Chinese government."…
"Most of the clips carry no logos or other signs that they are official propaganda.
But taken together, the videos begin to reveal clues of broader coordination — such as the English subtitles in clips posted to YouTube and other Western platforms."
"Beijing is trying to use savvier and more forceful methods to broadcast its political messages to a worldwide audience. And Western internet platforms like Twitter and YouTube are playing a key part."
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On @VP planned visit to the border, @PressSec says “this trip on Friday…is part of the coordinated effort” to continue to address the root causes of the migration.
"It's a Department of Justice decision so I point you to them," replies @PressSec when asked about the US seizure of domains of #Iran state-linked news sites.
"Additional progress was made last night" on the path forward in bipartisan negotiations on #infrastructure legislation, says @PressSec.
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Today at #HRC #Canada delivered crucial statement on behalf of 43 countries, reflecting growing international concern over crimes against humanity in #Xinjiang. China’s authorities are NOT above international scrutiny.…
Human Rights Council members must build on this statement to establish an independent, international investigative mechanism that can pave the way for holding to account those responsible for the human rights violations in Xinjiang. There’s not a moment more to lose.
Thanks to Canada Albania Australia Austria Belgium Belize Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia France Finland Germany Haiti Honduras Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Japan Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Marshall Islands Monaco Netherlands
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The top United Nations human rights official said on Monday she hoped to agree on terms for a visit this year to #China, including its #Xinjiang region, to look into reports of serious violations against Uyghurs.…
It was the first time that Michelle Bachelet had publicly suggested a timeline for the visit, for which her office has been negotiating the terms since September 2018.
China's U.N. mission in Geneva said in a statement that China welcomed Bachelet to visit, including Xinjiang, but the visit should be a "friendly one" aimed at promoting cooperation "rather than making the so-called 'investigation' under the presumption of guilt".
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