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Islamic Scholars Tour Xinjiang as Part of China’s Efforts to Refute “Western Lies”

A group of 30 scholars from 14 Islamic countries is participating in a highly choreographed tour of China's western Xinjiang region as part of Beijing's latest efforts to push back against well-documented U.S. and European accusations of human rights violations there. ...

Xi-Mohamud Handshake Proves Opposing China on Xinjiang Isn’t a Diplomatic Death Sentence for Small Countries

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was one of at least a dozen heads of state to do a brief meet-and-greet with Xi Jinping during the China-Arab summit in Saudi Arabia on Friday. The interaction was wholly unremarkable, but the ...

Three African Countries Sign Canadian-led Joint Statement on Human Rights in Xinjiang

The bitter debate over human rights in Xinjiang flared anew this week at the United Nations when Canada's UN ambassador Bob Rae read a joint statement on behalf of 50 countries at a meeting of the General Assembly’s human rights committee. The joint ...

China’s Messaging to Africa on Xinjiang in Action

The meeting this week between a group of African journalists and Wu Peng, China’s top diplomat to Africa, became an example of how Chinese government officials use direct engagement with reporters as a messaging tool. China has cultivated ...

Somalia Voted With China’s Critics at the UN Human Rights Council to Initiate a Debate on Xinjiang. But Why?

Somalia was a standout last week when it was the only African country and the only Muslim-majority country to back a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council that called for a debate over China's human rights policies in Xinjiang.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Top State Department Official Says China’s Debt Relief Offer to Sri Lanka is “Not Enough”

Another senior U.S. diplomat has accused China of not doing enough to resolve Sri Lanka’s debt renegotiation, a sign that the island’s financial crisis is increasingly being framed geopolitically.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland said: “What China has offered so far is not enough. We need to see credible and specific assurances that they will meet the IMF standard of debt relief.”

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Xinjiang Human Rights Council Vote Prompts Spirited Debate in Asia Over Why Governments Backed China

The two Asian governments with the world's largest Muslim populations, Indonesia and India, have been on the defensive in recent days for their vote last Thursday at the United Nations Human Rights Council to block a discussion over Chinese human rights policies in Xinjiang. ...

68 Global South Countries Give China Human Rights Cover at the UN

In what’s becoming a standard tactic, China used its support across the Global South to counter a proposal from a U.S.-led group of rich democracies for a special debate in the UN Human Rights Council on China’s anti-Uyghur measures in Xinjiang. The measure followed 

China Thinks Its Measures in Xinjiang Could Help Arab Governments Fight Islamic Extremism

The Chinese Foreign Ministry's top security official, Cheng Guoping, met with security analysts in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month to tout Beijing's "achievements in countering anti-terrorism and de-radicalization in Xinjiang." Cheng was joined by Xinjiang Public Security ...

China Tries to Rally Support For Its Policies in Xinjiang in Indonesia, the World’s Largest Muslim Country

China's ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Deng Xijun, published a scathing op-ed in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday aimed at debunking the recently published report on Xinjiang by the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). ...

China’s Xinjiang Messaging to the Global South in Action

Diplomats from African and Asian countries are currently on a Chinese government-organized tour of the Xinjiang region.  Official Twitter accounts and the Chinese state press provide a glimpse of these diplomats' role in Chinese counter-messaging operations ...
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