Heritage Foundation: Asia Insights Weekly – January 26, 2021

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January 26, 2021


The Heritage Foundation is excited to announce the China Uncovered podcast available on AcastApple PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app. In this podcast, Heritage Senior Policy Analyst Olivia Enos hosts representatives of world-class data projects to discuss how their projects are shining a spotlight on the Chinese Communist Party’s actions and emerging trends from their data. This is an ongoing effort of Heritage’s China Transparency Project.
On December 28th, we released our seventh and final episode of Season One: Asia Power Index featuring Hervé Lemahieu and Special Remarks from Speaker Newt Gingrich. Olivia sat down with Hervé Lemahieu, Director of the Power and Diplomacy Program at the Lowy Institute to discuss the 2020 Asia Power Index. To wrap up the season, the Honorable Newt Gingrich delivered his special remarks. Stay tuned for Season Two!
We now have a website for the China Transparency Project. Check it out to discover world-class data tracking projects from organizations across the globe.



How the U.S. Should Respond to Genocide in Xinjiang



On the last day of the Trump administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a determination saying that genocide and crimes against humanity are taking place against Uighur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, China.
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In China’s far west the ‘perfect police state’ is emerging

During a trip through China’s violence-plagued Xinjiang, the Guardian witnesses dramatic security surge as Communist party fights to ‘pacify’ region

Shopkeepers perform daily anti-terror drill outside the bazaar in Kashgar, in March.
Shopkeepers perform daily anti-terror drill outside the bazaar in Kashgar, in March. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air not a muezzin’s wistful cry.

One by one armoured personnel carriers, some with machine guns poking from their turrets, rolled towards People’s Square where a 12-metre statue of Mao Zedong was preparing to preside over the latest in a series of tub-thumping “anti-terror” rallies to be held here in the heartlands of China’s Muslim Uighur minority this year. Tiếp tục đọc “In China’s far west the ‘perfect police state’ is emerging”

Chinese official demoted for not smoking in front of Muslims

BEIJING: A Chinese official who allegedly declined to smoke in front of Muslims in Xinjiang has been demoted for taking an “unstable political stance,” a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday (Apr 11).

Xinjiang, home to China’s Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, restricts religious practises – such as growing beards, wearing headscarves, and fasting during Ramadan – that are seen as symbols of “Islamic extremism”. Tiếp tục đọc “Chinese official demoted for not smoking in front of Muslims”

Uighur militants could turn to Southeast Asia as destination of choice

ISIL video threatens China with ‘rivers of bloodshed’

Al Jazeera

SITE Intelligence Group says footage from Uighur fighters in western Iraq warns China of upcoming attacks.

Chinese police take part in drills in Tacheng, in Xinjiang region, in 2016 [China Daily/via Reuters]

ISIL fighters from China’s Uighur ethnic minority have vowed to return home and “shed blood like rivers” in what security experts said marked the first such threat against Chinese targets.

The threat came in a half-hour video released Monday by a division of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) featuring fighters from China’s Uighur minority, said the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which analysed the footage.

China has for years blamed exiled Uighur “separatists” for a series of violent attacks in its western Xinjiang region – the Muslim Uighur homeland – and warned of the potential for them to link up with violent groups.

In the video, a Uighur fighter issued the threat against China just before executing an alleged informant.

“Oh, you Chinese who do not understand what people say. We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenging the oppressed,” according to SITE’s translation.

The footage also showed fighters, including heavily armed children, giving speeches, praying, and killing other “informants”. Tiếp tục đọc “ISIL video threatens China with ‘rivers of bloodshed’”

China ‘anti-terror’ rallies: thousands of troops on streets of Urumqi

More than 10,000 forces gather in capital of violence-stricken region of Xinjiang for second time in just over a week

Paramilitary policemen board a plane in Urumqi as they head for an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Kashgar.
Paramilitary policemen board a plane in Urumqi as they head for an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Kashgar. Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters

Thousands of troops have poured on to the streets of one of west China’s most important cities for the second time in just over a week, as a senior Communist party leader heralded an “all-out offensive” against terrorism in the violence-stricken region.

More than 10,000 rifle-toting forces gathered at the heart of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, for the latest in a series of spectacular mass “anti-terror rallies”. Tiếp tục đọc “China ‘anti-terror’ rallies: thousands of troops on streets of Urumqi”