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Award-winning Chinese photographer Lu Guang, who has disappeared while visiting China’s remote Xinjiang region. Photograph- Handout

Chinese photojournalist detained in China

A Chinese award-winning photojournalist vanished in the restive northwest region of Xinjiang earlier this month after he was reportedly detained by security agents, his wife said.
Uighur security personnel patrol near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in the western Xinjiang region [File- Ng Han Guan-AP]

China defends internment camps for Uighur Muslims

China has issued an ardent defence of its alleged mass internment of Uighur minorities in far west Xinjiang region amid a global outcry, with a regional official insisting that authorities are preventing "terrorism" through "vocational education" centres.

Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysia freed Uighur Muslims because they did nothing wrong

Malaysia freed 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who fled to the Southeast Asian nation after a Thai jailbreak because they did nothing wrong, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday.
Uighur Muslims from Xinjiang detained in Malaysia have now been allowed to travel to Turkey [Athit Perawongmetha-Reuters]

Malaysia ignores China request, frees 11 ethnic Uighurs

Malaysia has freed 11 ethnic Uighurs detained last year after they broke out of prison in Thailand and crossed the border, despite a request from Beijing for the men to be returned to China.

EU envoy says ‘engagement’ with China is way to solve Xinjiang issue

Suspected Chinese abuses in the region of Xinjiang should be addressed through engagement with the government, the new EU ambassador to China said on Friday, a contrast to the position of U.S. officials who are considering sanctions.
China is facing criticism for its treatment of the majority Muslim Turkic-speaking Uighur people [Burhan Ozbilici-AP Photo]

US ‘weighing’ China sanctions for treatment of Uighur Muslims

The Trump administration is considering sanctions against China over its treatment of the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority, according to reports in the US media.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang (pic) attributed the arrest of Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai to the 'violation of Chinese laws', without further explanation. – EPA pic, February 6, 2018.

China tells UN rights chief to respect its sovereignty

China on Tuesday called for U.N. human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, to respect its sovereignty, after she urged it to allow monitors into the restive far western region of Xinjiang and expressed concern about the situation there.

China: US has no right to criticise minorities policies

China said on Thursday that the United States had no right to criticise its policies on ethnic minorities, after U.S. lawmakers called for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses against Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region.
A man with an umbrella walks with his wife and child on a street on a wet day in Shanghai on August 21, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Johannes EISELE

China may scrap limit on number of children

China appears poised to scrap the limit on the number of children couples can have, with a state-run newspaper Monday citing a draft civil code that would end decades of controversial family planning policies.
Paramilitary police patrol the airport in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region [File- Ng Han Guan-AP]

China’s state media defends Xinjiang Muslim crackdown

An official Communist Party newspaper said China's campaign of pressure against its Uighur Muslim minority has prevented the Xinjiang region from becoming "China's Syria" or "China's Libya."

Cardinal Zen: Vatican, Beijing deal could be ‘disaster’

The Hong Kong Cardinal, Joseph Zen on Tuesday warned that a pending deal between the Catholic Church and Beijing could be a “disaster” for religious freedom in China.

Chinese Muslim county bars children from religion

A mostly Muslim county in western China has banned children from attending religious events over a winter break, an education bureau said in a notice posted online, as authorities step up control of religious education.

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