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  1. SubscriberWOLFE63
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    04 Feb '19 10:382 edits
    Seems that China is hoping that the world will forget.

    "Xi Jinping's government has been detaining hundreds of thousands of Uighurs in re-education facilities in Western China."

    From a National Pubic Radio (NPR) interview hosted by LAKSHMI SINGH:

    "Much of our reporting on China these days focuses on its role as a big player on the world stage - its enormous economy and troubled trade relationship with the United States, its growing political influence around the globe. But this past week, NPR's Shanghai correspondent Rob Schmitz has been presenting some extraordinary reporting on a topic that speaks to China's internal insecurities - its massive repression of ethnic Muslim minorities in far western China. Rob Schmitz joins me now to share more of what he learned and tell us how this repression is now coming to light. Welcome."

    ROB SCHMITZ, BYLINE: "Thanks, Lakshmi."

    SINGH: "So begin by telling us about the ethnic minorities involved - Uighurs and Kazakhs. The Chinese have interned hundreds of thousands in so-called re-education camps. How religiously observant are these Muslim minorities? Why does the Chinese government see them as a threat?"

    SCHMITZ: "Well, Uighurs and Kazakhs in Xinjiang have typically been on the secular side of the religious observance spectrum among Muslims. And part of this has to do with history. Xinjiang is on the ancient Silk Road, and both groups have interacted regularly with outsiders throughout history. But after communists came in the 1950s, China's government sent millions of Han Chinese there. And they were from China's ethnic majority from eastern China. And that caused a lot of friction, and that friction has played itself out with some Uighurs carrying out several attacks on Han Chinese people. And that's why China's government has clamped down, and these re-education camps are part of that."

    https://www.npr.org/2018/11/17/668953524/china-s-repression-of-ethnic-muslim-minorities-comes-into-clearer-relief
  2. Zugzwang
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    04 Feb '19 20:181 edit
    @wolfe63 said
    Seems that China is hoping that the world will forget.

    "Xi Jinping's government has been detaining hundreds of thousands of Uighurs in re-education facilities in Western China."

    From a National Pubic Radio (NPR) interview hosted by LAKSHMI SINGH:

    "Much of our reporting on China these days focuses on its role as a big player on the world stage - its enormous economy a ...[text shortened]... pr.org/2018/11/17/668953524/china-s-repression-of-ethnic-muslim-minorities-comes-into-clearer-relief
    I would expect the US government to be as 'concerned' (sarcasm intended)
    about the fate of the Uighurs as it has been about the fate of the Kurds.
    The USA would 'support' the Uighurs or the Kurds only to the extent that it's
    politically expedient to demonize its perceived enemy of the moment.

    The USA's now quite willing to allow Turkey to crush Kurdish forces (once a US ally) in Syria.
    If the USA makes a favorable trade agreement with China, then I would expect
    the US government to turn a blind eye to China's repression of the Uighurs.

    Not long ago, the US government classified some Uighur groups as 'terrorist'.
    Reportedly, some Uighurs have trained in camps run by Al-Qaeda or ISIS.

    Some reports suggest (as one pro-Israeli American analyst recommended) that
    Israel has offered its vaunted 'anti-terrorist expertise' to China in opposing the Uighurs.
    By doing so, Israel hopes to cultivate a closer strategic relationship with China
    in addition to exerting influence upon Chinese arms sales to Arab states or Iran.

    The single most notorious case of Uighur terrorism was this 2014 attack at a railway station,
    killing 31 persons and wounding 143 more persons (including children).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Kunming_attack

    "In the evening of 1 March 2014, a terrorist attack occurred inside the Kunming
    Railway Station in Kunming, Yunnan, China. At around 9:20 p.m., a group of eight
    knife-wielding men and women attacked passengers at the city's railway station.[2]
    Both male and female attackers pulled out long-bladed knives and stabbed and slashed passengers."

    In 2009, Uighur-led riots broke out in Urumqi, reportedly (according to Western sources)
    killing about 200 people.

    I support a more conciliatory approach by China's government toward the Uighur minority.
    But if American (not foreign) Muslims were responsible for hundreds of violent deaths
    in the USA, how much more harshly would the USA repress its own Muslim minority?

    One of China's national heroes, Admiral Zheng He, was of Muslim heritage,
    a fact that's well-known (not covered up) in China.

    By the way, according to a Hong Kong newspaper, a Chinese aircraft carrier offers
    special meals for the devout Muslims aboard. This (rather surprising) news shows
    that 1) there may be more than a very few devout Muslims serving on the ship and
    2) the Chinese authorities are ready to show tolerance and respect to Muslims
    who have established beyond doubt that they are loyal to China.