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'My Family Has Been Broken': Pakistanis Fear For Uighur Wives Held In China

DIAA HADID ABDUL SATTAR Mir, a Pakistani man who used to live in Xinjiang, China, clutches the hands of his two daughters. Since Chinese authorities detained his wife, he's been raising their two girls alone. "My mind just won't work," he says. "I sound incoherent, I can't think, I even forget what to say in my prayers." Diaa Hadid/NPR Last year, the Chinese wife of a Pakistani man traveled back home to China with their two children. She wanted to introduce her younger boy, 18 months old, to her mom. But after she landed in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, she was detained, says her husband, a doctor named Rehman. His wife is a Uighur Muslim, a member of a minority group that has been targeted in a Chinese crackdown. Security officials left their sons at their grandmother's house. Weeks later, they returned and took away the older boy, age 6. ASIA U.N. Urges China To Stop Detaining Uighurs; 'Political Reeducation' Cente

15 Western ambassadors raise concerns about Xinjiang in letter , Jeremy Goldkorn A significant development in the international response to  the situation in Xinjiang : A group of 15 foreign ambassadors  in China, all from Europe other than the ambassadors of Australia and Canada, signed on to a letter primarily drafted by Canada raising concerns about Xinjiang,  Reuters reports . “We are deeply troubled  by reports of the treatment of ethnic minorities, in particular individuals of Uyghur ethnicity, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. In order to better understand the situation, we request a meeting with you at your earliest convenience to discuss these concerns,” the draft of the letter seen by Reuters reads. The letter is addressed to Chén Quánguó 陈全国, the top Communist Party official in Xinjiang. Strangely absent  from the list of signatories is the American ambassador, although the U.S. embassy gave this response to Reuters: “We remain alarmed that since April 2017 the Chinese government has detained an estimated 800,000

Baloch Girl, Nadia Baloch speaks about Missing Baloch

🌸 #Baloch Girl, Nadia Baloch speaks about Missing Baloch . #BalochMissingPersons ✔

Xi takes military reform into a new phase

TRIVIUM CHINA Xi Jinping donned his commander-in-chief hat on Tuesday  – kicking off a two-day conference of the Central Military Commission on reforming various PLA policies. Xi wants to see sweeping changes. He asked the top brass to remake policies on: Party-buildingForce deploymentForce developmentPLA management His goals are simple but ambitious: Establish the Party’s absolute command over the militaryBuild a joint-force systemIncentivize the PLA to improve its capabilitiesImprove discipline Get smart:  One of Xi’s biggest achievements to date has been  reordering long-entrenched power structures within the military. Get smarter:  He’s now looking to enter the next stage of military reform – seeking to institutionalize structural changes and  fundamentally improve military capability.   READ MORE Xinhua:  习近平:建立健全中国特色社会主义军事政策制度体系

CHINA: Government toying with new model of industrial policy

TRIVIUM CHINA Chinese regulators are experimenting with industrial policies. What do we mean? The key steward of industrial policy, MIIT, recently  issued a list of AI technologies that it wants to see developed.  The list spanned 17 different areas, including: intelligent connected vehicles medical imaging diagnosis systems neural network chips intelligent sensors intelligent cyber infrastructureFor each technology, there are development goals to be reached by 2020. That’s all standard stuff. But then MIIT did something new.  They are employing a new method to pick who gets government support:MIIT issued an official request for tender, asking qualified companies and research institutes to apply for the opportunity to pursue each development goalThe government will then organize a group of experts to select no more than five entities for each technology.Those who win the contracts will have two years (until 2020) to develop the technology and prove to the government that they hav