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The Brief: China’s Xinjiang police state

Episode Summary

On this episode of The Brief, Thomas Cliff takes a look at the reality of life under government surveillance for Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province.

Episode Notes

As part of its ‘strike hard’ campaign, the Chinese state claims to be fighting against the “Three Evil Forces” – terrorism, separatism, and religious fundamentalism. Under this banner the government has reportedly forced close to a million Uighur and minority Muslims into internment camps and reeducation centers.

In this episode of The Brief, Edwina Landale talks to Thomas Cliff about the human and cultural impact of mass surveillance in Xinjiang, what the Communist Party finds so threatening about the Uighur minority, and the future of cultural diversity under President Xi Jinping.

Thomas Cliff is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Culture, History and Language at the ANU. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Xinjiang, covering over two decades, and is one of the world’s leading experts on Xinjiang.

Edwina Landale is the presenter of The Brief. She is a student of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the ANU.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

66 Years and counting – Tibet and China – Robert Barnett

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This episode of Policy Forum Pod was written and produced by Edwina Landale.