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B. For this week’s response, I decided to have us examine the current situation in Xinjiang Province, China.  The Chinese government has reportedly detained more than a million people in reeducation camps. Most of the people who have been arbitrarily detained are Uighur, a predominantly Muslim, Turkic-speaking ethnic group primarily from China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang. 

Human rights organizations, UN officials, and many foreign governments are urging China to stop the crackdown. But Chinese officials maintain that what they call vocational training centers do not infringe on Uighurs’ human rights. They have refused to share information about the detention centers, however, and prevent journalists and foreign investigators from examining them.”

Please read the two articles below and then answer the 3 questions. 

  1. China’s Crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang

https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/chinas-crackdown-uighurs-xinjiang (Links to an external site.)

  1. China’s Prisons Swell After Deluge of Arrests Engulfs Muslims (NY Times)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/31/world/asia/xinjiang-china-uighurs-prisons.html (Links to an external site.)

1. China includes the threat of terrorism by “extremists” among the reasons for its actions in Xinjiang province.  (NOTE: the Uighurs have supported the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and other separatist groups that are accused by Chinese authorities of conducting these kinds of extremist activities). Is this a correct and prudent judgment, or an overreaction by Beijing and an infringement on the personal freedoms and liberties of the Uighur population?

2. Do you agree with China that this is an internal matter and an issue of state sovereignty, or should the international community become more involved? 

3. Looking to the future, do you see a solution to this dilemma?

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