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Mass detention of Uyghurs
Germany accidentally deported a Uighur man to China. His lawyer hasn't heard from him since. / Washington Post
“The deportation of a member of China’s persecuted Uighur minority from Germany in early April took place accidentally due to a breakdown in government communications, according to reports Monday in local media. More than four months later, the fate of the unnamed 22-year-old man is unclear, and his lawyer fears that he has been arrested in China, where a mass detention of Uighurs has been reported.”
‘We’re a people destroyed’: Why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear/ Guardian
A shorter version of the must-read piece that scholar Gene A. Bunin published a week ago: How the “happiest Muslims in the world” are coping with their happiness.
‘No Releases’ of Thousands Held For Years in Xinjiang Township Political ‘Re-education Camps’ / VOAJoint-venture universities to get Party cells
China tightens grip on foreign university joint ventures / FT (paywall)
“Foreign universities looking to set up joint ventures in China are being required to establish internal Communist Party committees, the latest sign of Beijing tightening its ideological grip over all spheres of life in the country.”
“The directive, which took effect last year but whose existence is being revealed for the first time by the Financial Times, mandates foreign education institutions to include a clause that supports the establishment of a Party organization in any application to set up a joint-venture university.”
See on SupChina: Closing down foreign education partnerships.Taiwan
Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen seeks US$11bn defense budget as China threat grows/ AFP via HKFP
“Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said Monday she is seeking to ramp up spending on the armed forces, as relations with China deteriorate. Her proposal to increase the 2019 defense budget by 5.6 percent to Tw$346 billion (US$11.3 billion) will go before parliament following the summer recess.”Religious repression — Christianity 
Christian heartland opens window into fight for China's soul / AP
“Under President Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival. Experts and activists say that as he consolidates his power, Xi is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.”Government surveillance
Dazzling surveillance / China Media Project
“At a conference back in June — a video conference, no less — Chen Yixin 陈一新, the director of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, urged the rapid and full implementation of what the Chinese Communist Party calls ‘Project Dazzling Snow’ (雪亮工程 xuěliàng gōngchéng). Chen spoke in glowing terms of the project, a comprehensive video surveillance network intended to cover communities in rural China down to the village level, as a ‘thousand-mile eye’ (千里眼 qiānlǐyǎn) protecting the security of the people.”Chinese money in South Asia
Chinese investment in Bangladesh rings India alarm bells / FT (paywall)
“When it opens this year, a 6km bridge over the Padma river will link the north and south of Bangladesh by road and rail, completing one of the most challenging engineering projects the country has ever built.”
The project is “ringing alarm bells in India, which surrounds Bangladesh on three sides and considers itself Dhaka’s natural and principal ally.”Crackdown on Hong Kong independence party
‘No justification for censoring people’: Ex-Hong Kong governor Chris Patten hits back at Beijing over press club row / Hong Kong Free Press
“Former British governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten said it was ‘quite simply wrong’ for Beijing to urge the city’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club to cancel a planned speech by an independence activist.”

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