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A higher purpose

Q&A | One Christian researcher’s internet sleuthing exposed the misdeeds of a world superpower
by June Cheng
Posted 8/08/19, 06:51 pm

When Chinese officials claimed in February 2018 that reeducation camps for Uighurs in Xinjiang did not exist, German researcher Adrian Zenz decided to prove them wrong. He started digging through Chinese government data on the internet—construction bids, hiring ads, local budgets—and found evidence that the government had built massive reeducation camps that held 1 million Uighurs. Zenz, a Christian, views his research as a way to serve the voiceless, including Uighurs who see China eradicating their language and culture. Here are edited excerpts of our interview.

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Suppression and spin

China | As China continues to jail political opponents and ‘reeducate’ religious minorities, the international community offers little more than reprimands
by June Cheng
Posted 8/02/19, 11:31 am

Three big stories in this week’s China news: The founder of a Chinese human rights website is given a 12-year prison sentence. Pro-Beijing students in New Zealand and Australia violently clash with fellow students supporting Hong Kong freedoms. The Chinese government claims it has set free most Uighurs, who it says are now “living very happy lives.”

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A fatal harvest

Asia | Evidence points to China forcing prisoners of conscience into organ donation, and some countries have banned medical tourism to China as a result. Will the United States do the same?
by June Cheng
Posted 8/01/19, 12:17 pm

Dai Ying, a middle-aged Chinese woman, has fake front teeth. She says she lost her real ones when guards at a Chinese prison forced her to end a hunger strike by ramming a screwdriver between her clenched teeth. Her fingers are also deformed. She says that’s because the guards forced her and other prisoners to make leather shoes each day from 7:30 a.m. to midnight. She’s also blind in her left eye, a result of guards repeatedly shocking her with electric prods.

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