gillian Wong

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Use of deadly force up amid Uighur crackdown

| Sep 8, 2014

Use of deadly force up amid Uighur crackdown

When attackers from China’s Uighur minority killed 37 people in a July rampage in far western Xinjiang province, police responded by gunning down at least 59 of them. When three Uighurs allegedly killed a top state-appointed Muslim cleric, police shot dead two of them. ...

China targets ordinary Uighurs with beards, burkas

Aug 25, 2014

China targets ordinary Uighurs with beards, burkas

Outside a mosque in China’s restive west, a government-appointed Muslim cleric was dodging a foreign reporter’s question about why young men of the Uighur ethnic minority don’t have beards when one such youth interrupted. “Why don’t you just tell them the truth?” he shouted ...

China officials stashing families, cash overseas

Jun 10, 2014

China officials stashing families, cash overseas

China’s anti-corruption campaign is now targeting officials who have sent their spouses and children abroad, where they can create channels to potentially funnel illicit gains and establish footholds for eventual escape from the mainland. Nearly 900, mostly midlevel, government officials in the southern province ...

Xi hopes power play can secure his goals

Mar 4, 2014

Xi hopes power play can secure his goals

Xi Jinping looks more powerful than any Chinese leader in recent decades as his government prepares to deliver its first one-year report card Wednesday, but a deadly weekend slashing spree by alleged separatists was a reminder of the serious challenges facing his administration. In ...

China rushes to try activists during Western holidays

| Dec 19, 2013

China rushes to try activists during Western holidays

Chinese authorities are ramping up prosecutions of rights activists during the year-end holidays, apparently hoping the West will be paying less attention to its wide-ranging crackdown on dissent, which has drawn international criticism all year. In recent days, prosecutors and courts in various localities ...

Xi extends power with security plan

Nov 16, 2013

Xi extends power with security plan

China’s plan to create a new security committee demonstrates President Xi Jinping’s success in cementing his authority as Communist Party leader, analysts said Wednesday. Chinese academics for decades have advocated a body to oversee coordination among police, intelligence, military and other security organs, which ...