Caught in the grip of Beijing – Geoffrey York and Omar El Akkad

From the Globe and Mail:

A close look at Mr. Celil’s life story, based on interviews and research by The Globe and Mail over the past several months in and China, reveals a portrait of an intensely stubborn man who defied the will of the Chinese authorities for most of his life.

In China’s eyes, Mr. Celil is not just a religious man from a farming community, he is a citizen accused of terrorism, and the definition of terrorism extends well beyond the realm of violence. Human-rights groups argue that peaceful protest or rebellion easily fall under the scope of what China considers a crime.

In the official Chinese view of the Celil case, Canada matters little. [Full text]

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