Dear comrades in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China,

This is not a letter of protest and, as a sympathetic friend of the Chinese Communist Party, I hope you will read the following till the end. I am writing after I was alarmed by a recent New York Times report on a missing female Uighur professor with the headline "Star Uighur scholar disappears amid a crackdown in China."

This may seem like more fake news to you, but I am a little concerned because I like the Uighur culture. Although it is always fascinating to visit Urumqi, a few years ago when I visited the beautiful Islamic Central Asian city on my way to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, what I saw in the Uighur capital was almost shocking.