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Asia Pacific Nov 13, 2018

Beijing dismisses 'hearsay' on Muslim internment

China defended its internment of Muslims in the country's northwest as a terrorism prevention measure on Tuesday, calling on the international community to reject "hearsay" and believe its official line. Up to a million Uighurs and other Chinese Turkish-speaking minority groups have been placed in ...

Security spending soars in China's troubled Xinjiang region: report

Asia Pacific Nov 6, 2018

Security spending soars in China's troubled Xinjiang region: report

Spending on security-related construction tripled in 2017 in China's far-western region of Xinjiang, where Beijing is accused of detaining as many as 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims, an academic analysis of government expenditure found. Beijing says its "vocational training centers" in Xinjiang camps ...

Kazakhstan denies asylum to China 're-education camp' whistleblower

Asia Pacific Oct 6, 2018

Kazakhstan denies asylum to China 're-education camp' whistleblower

Ex-Soviet Kazakhstan has refused asylum to an escaped Chinese citizen whose court testimony helped expose a secretive network of re-education camps in China's restive Xinjiang region, her lawyer said Friday. Sayragul Sauytbay, 41, was denied political asylum by a migration committee in the Central Asian ...

U.S. criticizes treatment of Uighurs in latest China row

Asia Pacific Sep 22, 2018

U.S. criticizes treatment of Uighurs in latest China row

The United States on Friday denounced China's treatment of its Uighur Muslims in unusually strong terms, adding to a growing list of disputes in increasingly turbulent relations between the two powers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced alarm after a United Nations report described the ...

Asia Pacific / Politics Sep 12, 2018

China urges U.S. to 'abandon prejudice' over Xinjiang

China urged the United States on Wednesday to abandon its "prejudice" over Xinjiang, as the Trump administration considers sanctions against Chinese officials and companies linked to allegations of human rights abuses in the Chinese region. Discussions have gained momentum within the U.S. government over possible ...