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China Launches ‘Anti-Terror’ Operation in Inner Mongolia
Amid growing tensions in China’s Inner Mongolia over what herders say is the government-backed exploitation of their traditional grazing lands, police have launched a series of “anti-terrorism” drills in recent days, confiscating weapons and explosives from the the civilian population, a U.S.-based rights group said Wednesday.
Mongolian Netizens ‘Punished’ for Chinese Resettlement Complaints
Chinese authorities have “punished” more than a dozen ethnically Mongolian netizens for “spreading rumors” about the resettlement to Inner Mongolia of hundreds of thousands of Han Chinese left homeless by a 2008 earthquake, a rights group said Monday.
Mongolian Herders Beaten For Refusing to Extend Lease to Chinese Farmers
More than 100 Chinese farmers assaulted minority Mongolian herders when they tried to reclaim their leased land in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, a rights group said at the weekend, highlighting tensions as Beijing expands farming and mining in the area.
Herders Blocked from Protest Marches to Beijing
Authorities in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have blocked and assaulted hundreds of ethnic Mongolian herders who aimed to travel to Beijing to stage protests over land disputes at a meeting of the national legislature, according to a rights group.
Five Tibetans Self-Immolate
Five Tibetans, including a young mother and three teenage boys, set fire to themselves on Wednesday in protest against Chinese rule in the largest number of self-immolations in a single day, triggering massive demonstrations in at least one area, according to exile and local sources.
Chinese Flag Pulled Down
Tibetan protesters have pulled down a Chinese flag, put up posters calling for freedom, and shouted slogans at police in western China, defying a security clampdown following a spate of deadly protests against Beijing’s rule, sources in Tibet and in exile said Tuesday.
Tibetans Attack Slaughterhouse
Tibetan herders angered at the theft of their livestock attacked a Chinese-owned slaughterhouse in Sichuan this week, demolishing the building and scattering meat along the road, a Tibetan source said. The Nov. 29 incident near the town of Minyak Ra Nga Kha in Dartsedo (in Chinese, Kangding) county in Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) prefecture, then [...]
Second Nun Dies in Protest
A second Tibetan nun burned herself to death Thursday in protest against Chinese rule, sparking a rally of thousands calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet, sources said. The 35-year-old nun was identified as Palden Choetso or Choesang by the Tibetan government-in-exile in India, and is the 11th Tibetan to self-immolate this [...]
Tighter Grip on Social Media
In the highest-level indication of a wider Internet crackdown in China, the ruling Communist Party’s central committee has announced plans to tighten controls on online social media and instant messaging tools. The move comes after repeated warnings by officials over the explosion of microblog services which netizens use to expose corruption and criticize the government [...]
Herdsman Killed by Truck
An ethnic Mongolian herdsman has died after being knocked down by a truck in China’s northern region of Inner Mongolia, five months after a similar incident sparked the region’s worst riots in 20 years. The man had blocked traffic driving through an oil field in Uxin Banner (Wushenqi County) in the Ordos subdivision of Inner [...]
Tibetan Protesters Shot
Chinese police on Monday shot two Tibetans following protests calling for an end to rule by Beijing in a Tibetan-populated county in Sichuan province, adding to recent tensions that have seen Tibetans self-immolate to highlight their concerns, according to a Tibetan source living in India. The condition of the wounded Tibetans was not immediately available [...]
Teenager Torches Himself In Protest
Shouting “Freedom for Tibet,” a 19-year-old Tibetan set himself on fire in the Ngaba (Aba, in Chinese) area in China’s southwestern Sichuan province in the eighth self-immolation protest this year. Chinese police chased Norbu Dramdul as he ran in flames for a distance before they extinguished the fire, beat him up, bundled him in a [...]
Dissident Suffers Beatings in Detention
An ethnic Mongolian dissident writer has been subjected to repeated harassment and beatings by authorities while in detention in northern China, according to new photos obtained by a Mongolian rights group. The New York-based Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) said in a statement Thursday that it had received new information showing Govruud Huuchinhuu, [...]
Uyghur Scholar’s Classes Canceled
A university in the Chinese capital has canceled a class taught by prominent Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti on immigration, discrimination, and development in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang, where many Muslim Uyghurs chafe under Beijing’s rule.
Experts Debate China’s Reform Prospects
A new and younger leadership group taking control of China beginning next year may embark upon a program of significant political reforms amid a booming economy, some experts say. But others feel that any changes that occur will take place within continued one-party rule. Late next year and in early 2013, China’s Communist Party will [...]
Hacking Crackdown ‘Targets Dissent’
China has announced a clampdown on domestic computer crime starting this week, but activists say the new rules look more likely to limit political dissent. China’s Supreme People’s Court and state prosecution service issued a set of regulations on Monday, in a move state-run media said is aimed at fighting hacking and other Internet crime. [...]
Warning Over Shrinking Grasslands
China’s government and official media have warned of large-scale ecological destruction of grasslands, including those in the troubled northern region of Inner Mongolia—a factor some say was behind recent protests in the region. “The state of the grasslands should be monitored on an annual basis and a comprehensive survey of grassland resources should be conducted [...]
Tibetans Forced From Homes
Chinese authorities seize land in Tibetan areas for government and commercial development. Chinese authorities are driving Tibetan villagers from their homes near the city of Shigatse to make way for government housing and a parade ground, according to a Tibetan source. Two hundred families were set to be displaced in the move which began in [...]
New Tibetan Leader Takes Office
The new head of the Tibetan government-in-exile took office Monday, vowing to continue the struggle of his predecessor, the Dalai Lama, and warning China’s leaders that the movement to seek “genuine” autonomy in Tibet will be “stronger.” Lobsang Sangay, a Harvard-trained legal scholar who was elected to lead the exile government based in India’s hill [...]
Beijing’s Ethnic Policies ‘Flawed’
As China warns of a harsh crackdown following ethnic violence in its troubled western region of Xinjiang, experts say the latest attacks in Kashgar city point to serious problems with government policies towards ethnic minorities. Kashgar prefecture communist party chief Cheng Zhenshan vowed to fight separatists, religious extremists and “terrorists” with “iron fists,” the official [...]
Ex-Students Protest Broken Pact
Nearly 400 ethnic Mongolian former students in China’s northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have protested in front of a government building after authorities reneged on an agreement to provide them with jobs, an overseas rights group said, in the latest show of unrest in the region. Graduates of the Tongliao Normal (Teacher’s) School, many of [...]
New Controls on Public Wi-Fi
Business owners and netizens in China have hit out at new rules issued by Beijing police requiring surveillance of people browsing online using a public wireless connection. Businesses, including hotels and cafes, in central Beijing that offer Internet access to customers have been told by police in recent days that they must install surveillance software [...]
Fresh Protests in Inner Mongolia
Ethnic Mongolian herders in China’s northern region of Inner Mongolia have protested against the local government for allowing a local businesswoman to illegally seize their land, an overseas rights group said, revealing fresh tensions after bloody riots rocked the region in May. Over 1,000 herders demonstrated calling for the return of their land on July [...]