ChinaPower, ChinaPower Podcast, 17 November 2020

How Should the World Respond to the Humanitarian Crisis in Xinjiang?: A Conversation with Darren Byler

On this episode of ChinaPower, Dr. Byler joins Bonnie Glaser to discuss the international response to the ongoing crisis in Xinjiang. They touch on the history of Xinjiang, specifically pertaining to the build-up of the police crackdown as well as the strategic importance the region holds to the Party. They discuss current global humanitarian responses, as countries like the USA impose sanctions on cotton products and Germany calls for more transparency and access to the region. Lastly, the conversation moves to how hard it is to know what will make China shift its current policy in the region, and what calls to action will be most effective.

To find more of Dr. Byler’s work, check out our Academic Publications section.

Economist Radio, The Intelligence, 20 October 2020

“They feel the Chinese state has a gun to the heads of their mothers”—Uyghurs repression goes global

The Intelligence podcast examines the push to eradicate cultural and historical aspects of the Uyghur identity. The podcast argues that the government is pushing to re-educate Uyghurs living in China and if re-education does not work, reduce their population through any means necessary. Reporters note that this repression is taking place on a global level, as Uyghurs living abroad still live in fear of the Party’s reach.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Policy, Guns and Money, 24 April 2020

Uyghurs for sale

This podcast comes as an accompaniment to a report released from ASPI highlighting forced labour practices and transfers throughout Xinjiang. Reporters note that Uyghurs are being forcibly transferred throughout Xinjiang and into other parts of the country to work in factories. ASPI discovers “83 companies [that] use forced labour of some kind to manufacture their products”. This podcast emphasizes the need for transparent and ethical supply chain management.

ASPI’s written report, Uyghurs for sale, can be found here.

A security camera in Kashgar, a city in northwestern China. Members of the largely Muslim Uighur minority in the city have faced Chinese surveillance and persecution for years.
The New York Times, The Daily, 06 May 2019

The Chinese Surveillance State pt. 1

The Chinese Surveillance State pt. 2

This two-part series on the Daily discusses the impact surveillance technology has had on shaping Xinjiang. Part 1 uncovers the intense surveillance networks being used to monitor and target the everyday lives of Uyghurs living in Xinjiang. Part 2 follows the story of a Uyghur American whose family is currently detained in a re-education camp and his ongoing fight to free them.

A perimeter fence is constructed around what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang
The Guardian, Today in Focus, 14 January 2019

China’s Muslim detention camps

The Guardian’s Beijing bureau chief, Lily Kuo traveled to Luopu County in Xinjiang to get an on-the-ground perspective of how the development of what the PRC government calls vocational training centers has shaped life in Xinjiang. Kuo discusses the intense security measures in place, especially for reporters, reluctance from community members to talk to her, and what it’s like to have family members disappear into vocational training centers.

SupChina, Sinica, 01 February 2018

Gerry Shih on China’s Uyghur Muslims, under pressure at home and abroad

Sinica partners with Associated Press reporter Gerry Shih to discuss the current and historical situation of Uyghur Muslims living in Xinjiang and abroad. Shih traveled extensively throughout Syria and Xinjiang to ask contentious questions about how the situation has been escalating in the region. Shih explores the government’s usage of biometric data collection, the impact of Chen Quanguo 陈全国 on surveillance in the region, and the truth behind the re-education camps.