Wu’er Kaixi

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The “historic” meeting that is to take place in Singapore on Saturday between the leaders of China and Taiwan is nothing to cheer about. There will be no progress in terms of peace and reconciliation. The world will witness nothing but politics at its most cynical.

This is to be expected of the president of China, Xi Jinping, who has put the world into a swoon with his economic diplomacy while persecuting dissent and freedom of speech at home, systematically arresting human-rights lawyers and parading a Stalinesque purge of his political enemies as a crackdown on corruption. In this sense, he might even be excused for pretending to make history.…  Seguir leyendo »

As an ethnic Uighur, I am horrified by the riots, deaths, injuries and arrests – the worst military-civilian clashes in modern times – in Urumqi, the city my parents call home. I have lost contact with them, and so, like everybody else now, I rely on reports filtering out of Xinjiang. I have to accept the government figures of 156 people dead, more than 1,000 injured and more than 1,400 arrests. Of course I am sceptical about such figures. I was a student leader in the Tiananmen protests; I am still waiting for reliable government figures as to how many people died on 4 June 1989.…  Seguir leyendo »