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The Chinese government threatens to respond “in kind” to any sanctions imposed over Xinjiang. Far enough. It should sanction anyone who is detaining a million or more Uyghur/Turkic Muslims to force them to abandon Islam, their language and their culture.

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Beijing's latest Xinjiang "defense": We may have detained 1+ million Uyghur/Turkic Muslims, separated countless children from their parents, and imposed a highly intrusive surveillance state, but it's ok because we lifted people out of poverty. #NotWorthIt 

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Beijing is using access to the Chinese market to press international companies to censor themselves or even to support its horrible repression of Uyghur/Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang. Companies should avoid the huge reputational risk of such complicity.

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The Chinese government is deploying its trolls and partisans to demonize and threaten online people overseas who conduct research into Beijing's unspeakable repression of Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, such as this Australian researcher.

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China’s cover-up of its severe repression of Uyghur/Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang is "the biggest international propaganda campaign on a single topic that [one expert] had seen in her 25 years of researching the Chinese propaganda system."

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The Chinese government has been using Kazakhstan's economic dependence to silent protests about Beijing's severe repression of ethnic Kazakhs (and Uyghur/other Turkic Muslims) in Xinjiang. Activists and victims in Kazakhstan are no longer safe.

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The Chinese government evidently thought it could throw around the word "terrorism" and the world would accept its massive, indiscriminate persecution of Uyghur/Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang. In fact, no one seems to be buying it. Condemnations are mounting.

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For Beijing's detention centers for Uyghur/Turkic Muslims: "anyone from Xinjiang who had travelled abroad was to be presumed guilty: 'If suspected terrorism cannot be ruled out, then a border control should be implemented to insure the person’s arrest.'”

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The Chinese government can't even keep its cover stories straight about its horrible persecution of Uyghur/Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang. First there were no internment camps. Then they were voluntary “boarding schools.” Now Beijing is fighting "terrorism."

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The Chinese government's large-scale coercing of Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang "to pick cotton by hand has spurred a global reaction with Governments and big businesses calling for a ban on cotton imports from China."

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A new documentary, "Reeducated," "presents a haunting reconstruction of detention in the Xinjiang camps" that China has built for Uyghur/Turkic Muslims, "using 360-degree virtual reality technology to place the viewer directly inside."

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Imposing its first sanctions on China since the massacre that ended the Tiananmen Square democracy movement, the European Union targets four officials responsible for running the mass detention centers in Xinjiang for Uyghur/Turkic Muslims. Fully deserved.

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Another dimension of the Chinese government's utter cruelty toward Uyghur/Turkic Muslims: "Beijing's crackdown in Xinjiang has separated thousands of children from their parents."

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We are now using the spelling Uyghur for a Turkic ethnic group native to China’s northwest Xinjiang region. Most identify as Muslims. The previous spelling, Uighur, was based on an earlier romanization of the language. Uyghur, Uyghurs and the Uyghurs are all acceptable usage.

It's understandable that the European Union wants to chart its own foreign policy, separately from the United States, but that shouldn't mean closing the EU's eyes to the Chinese government's ruthless repression, especially of Uyghur/Turkic Muslims.

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A week in China: authorities prosecute democracy activists in Hong Kong. which allows them to meet without criticism in Beijing, which enables them to carry out mass detention, surveillance, and cruelty against Uyghur/Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang.

Let's not get caught up on the genocide question. The Chinese government is clearly committing crimes against humanity against Uyghur/Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang. That's plenty bad enough. All governments--including Muslim-majority ones--should oppose it.

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Sen Rubio released a statement after the @USTreasury 's OFAC announced it has sanctioned 4 Chinese individuals and one gov’t entity for grave human rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

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READ: Sen Rubio's statement in support of @StateDept’s visa ban against Chinese gov't & Communist Party officials responsible for/complicit in grave human rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs & other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

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