onsdag 22. januar 2020

Mass detentions, surveillance, and ethnic repression in China’s far west: the situation right now

Over the last two years, the world has become aware of an invasive surveillance regime targeting Muslim minorities and a vast network of internment camps in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang. James Millward is a professor of history at Georgetown University and a clear-sighted observer of contemporary China. We interviewed him last November at our NEXT China conference in New York about the country’s repression of Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang.

You can watch the video, or read a full transcript of his answers here. But we thought we’d pull out five quotes to examine in closer detail, using the opportunity to update our previous explainers on Xinjiang (from August 2018 and August 2019; if this topic is completely new to you, it’s worth reading those earlier pieces for context).