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    Central Asians cry out over China's secret detention camps
    Last month Alymkulova and a dozen others formed a lobby group, called the Committee to Protect the Kyrgyz People in China.

    The group has called for the Kyrgyz government, which depends heavily on Chinese economic assistance, to press Beijing about the camps in Xinjiang.

    Chinese officials have described the camps as "vocational education centres" for people who appear to be drawn towards Islamist extremism and separatism.
    https://news.yahoo.com/central-asian...101732645.html
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    Default ‘Now We Don’t Talk Anymore’ Inside the ‘Cleansing’ of Xinjiang

    An article by a long time expert visitor to Xinjiang who is able to catalogue the changes. Near the start:
    I witnessed the most abject sense of fear and trauma I have encountered in 27 years of researching identity and religion among its Uighur communities. Mosques were deserted and cloaked in razor wire, restaurants were stripped of their halal signage, and local people carefully avoided any expression of religious piety.
    She ends with:
    I felt compelled to read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four when I returned home. The parallels between that masterpiece and a Xinjiang now in the grip of “de-extremification” and “thought liberation” are astonishing. In the book’s final part, the protagonist’s government torturer reveals that the state does not “merely destroy our enemies, we change them. . . [So] long as [the heretic] resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. . . You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.”
    Link:http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-o...t-talk-anymore
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    Default China's community counter-terrorism

    Hat tip to WoTR for this article by Dr Jerome Doyon, a SME @ Oxford University.

    Unlike most active Western CT policies the PRC:
    it targets the community rather than individuals.

    (Ends with)...Xinjiang can be seen as a laboratory for the Chinese party-state’s social engineering policies.
    Link:https://warontherocks.com/2019/01/co...orism-tactics/
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    Default China's foreign fighters problem

    Hat tip to WoTR for this article, with both details on law enforcement cooperation - not always working - and whether there are many fighters.
    Link:https://warontherocks.com/2019/01/ch...hters-problem/
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    Default Engineers of the Soul: Ideology in Xi Jinping's China

    Another China expert accepts the unpleasant truth of China's trajectory towards deepening totalitarianism at home and abroad. The author goes into sufficient detail to show the clear linkage of how Xi's ideology deliberately aligns with Stalin, and why Xi thinks deviating from it would pose an existential threat the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The language in the previous posts describe how Xi leverages technology to revitalize Mao's Mass Line concept, and condition people to think along party lines. As the author in the article points out, ideology is the critical component of Mao's, and now Xi's totalitarianism.

    Mao’s discursive advantage was Marxist-Leninist ideology. Language was not just a tool of moral judgment. It was an instrument for shaping acceptable behaviour and a weapon for distinguishing enemies and friends. This is the subtext of Mao’s most famous poem, Snow. Communist ideology enabled him to “weaponise” culture in a way his imperial predecessors had never managed.
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    Engineers of the Soul: Ideology in Xi Jinping's China by John Garnaut

    Some now say he has become a China hawk, but I see it as more the evolution of a sophisticated China watcher who believes in seeking truth from facts, no matter how difficult it may be to accept the reality of the direction Xi and the CCP appear to be taking China. This is a trajectory I have found myself on, along with many of the most experienced foreign China watchers I know.
    Stalin described artists and authors as "engineers of the human soul." They simply served for promoting the party and its views. In other words, art and writing was purely propaganda intended to as means to facilitate cultural and ideological security.

    Xi uses the same ideological template to describe the role of “media workers”. And school teachers. And university scholars. They are all engineers of ideological conformity and cogs in the revolutionary machine.

    Among the many things that China’s modern leaders did – including overseeing the greatest burst of market liberalisation and poverty alleviation the world has ever seen – those who won the internal political battles have retained the totalitarian aspiration of engineering the human soul in order to lead them towards the ever-receding and ever-changing utopian destination.
    Combine the findings in this article, with the insights from the previous article, "The CCP Vision and Future of Chinese History," you'll gain a greater appreciation of incidious threat the CCP poses.
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    Default Facial recognition

    Yet another article on China's use of technology for mass surveillance, this time exposed to view by accident. So via The Soufan Group's briefing and BLUF:
    • A Dutch cybersecurity researcher reported that Chinese company SenseNets exposed millions of people’s facial recognition information.
    • China has used facial recognition to target Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.
    • Venezuela is also adopting an identification card system similar to the Chinese model to track and collect information about their citizens.
    • Personal information collected by states and their corporate partners is valuable to criminals and its exposure could place citizens at greater risk.

    Link:https://thesoufancenter.org/intelbri...ently-exposed/

    There is a wider application of this technology.
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    Default China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority

    A 'long read' which appeared a week ago:https://www.theguardian.com/news/201...ce-recognition
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    Default Mold & Direct

    A 'long read' on WoTR on re-education camps and the policies involved. With a note that open source information can be gathered in support. It ends with:
    It is rather a regime that has developed an innovative set of “governmental technologies” that proactively seeks to mold and direct the behavior of citizens.
    Link:https://warontherocks.com/2019/04/ch...itarians-past/
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