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Peter Mackler: Uygurs battle to survive as terror war takes toll

From the Standard: Few Westerners have heard of the Uygurs, a proud, Turkic-speaking people descended from nomads, who today scratch out a living in the rugged mountains and deserts of landlocked Xinjiang province. But supporters see them as a prime example of a beleaguered population caught in the crunch between the vaunted worldwide drive for […]

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Asia Times: China to develop renewable energy in west

From Asia Times Online: Serious shortages of primary energy sources like oil and coal have prompted the mainaland Chinese government to promulgate a law on the development of renewable energy sources. Solar energy could be the first choice as an alternative to fossil fuels. China’s western areas, especially the Tibet Autonomous Region, Qinghai, Gansu, and […]

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China “smothering” Islam to control Uighurs

From Reuters: Two U.S.-based human rights groups have accused China of using the law heavy-handedly to clamp down on Muslim Uighurs in its restive western region of Xinjiang in the name of anti-separatism and counter-terrorism. Beijing’s “wholesale assault” on the Uighurs’ faith ranged from vetting imams and closing mosques to detaining thousands every year and […]

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Xinhua: China’s westernmost region speeds up wetland protection

From Xinhua Online: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the westernmost region in China, will invest 13.68 million yuan (1.65 million US dollars) in the coming three years to build a wetland reserve along the Ertix River, China’s only river emptying into the Arctic Ocean, according to the local government. The Keketuohai wetland reserve, located in Habahe […]

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SCMP: Censor blocks sensitive issues in BBC series

China blocked portions of the BBC’s China Week reports, according to this report in South China Morning Post, via Asia Pacific Media Network: Transmissions of the BBC World channel’s week-long series of mainland-themed programmes to hotels and apartment compounds for foreigners were repeatedly blocked yesterday during reports on politics and other sensitive issues. A story […]

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SCMP: China arrests more than 800,000 people for endangering state security

From AsiaNews/SCMP: Tibetan monks, Xinjiang Muslims, but also non violent dissidents, farmers and members of underground religious communities are among those arrested. Youth crime climbs by 19.1 per cent. China’s courts were not idle in 2004. More than 800,000 people were arrested last year for endangering state security or for being involved in activities regarded […]

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STUFF : US rights report gives China rap on the knuckles

From STUFF: New Zealand’s leading news and information website: China used the global war against terrorism to crack down on peaceful opponents of its rule in Muslim Xinjiang and committed persistent human rights abuses in 2004, the United States state department said today. China and its neighbours North Korea and Myanmar were the three Asian […]

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Sinopec Oil Find Could Lift China Reserves by Third

From Reuters: “Beijing-controlled oil giant Sinopec has discovered at least one billion tonnes of oil and a gas field in China’s northwest province of Xinjiang, which could add at least a third to the country’s proven oil reserves. Sinopec Corp. , the Hong Kong-listed unit of Sinopec Group, said it had found 1.08 billion tonnes […]

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China’s AIDS Infections on the Rise

A report by a U.N. agency and the Chinese Cabinet’s AIDS commission released shows that the number of people contracting the AIDS virus in China is rising, reported the Washington Post. An estimated 840,000 people have HIV while 84,000 have full-blown AIDS, spread mostly through prostitution and intravenous drug use. President Hu Jintao shown shaking […]

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Fighting thirst, and militants

From Asia Times: “Since China’s annexation of the Xinjiang-Uighur autonomous region in 1950, Beijing has pursued policies that have put considerable pressure on the local environment. This western region, which borders Central Asia, is home to China’s main nuclear testing site. Pollution does not respect political boundaries, which is why the impact of the 42 […]

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