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IN THE MEDIA: China Cables

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The “China Cables”, a series of so far secret government documents on the political guidelines for the mass detention of Muslim minorities in northwestern China, has been made accessible to the public.

Photo: Kirill Sharkovski on Unsplash

The ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) released the documents on Sunday. To get an overview of the now confirmed mass human rights violations in Xianjing, visit the website of The Guardian. China’s political leadership reacts to the accusations by referring to internal security – it claims that the camps set up are anti-terrorist facilities, which primarily serve the detention of terror suspects.

The former China correspondent of Süddeutsche Zeitung in Germany, Kai Strittmatter, also reports in his current book We have been harmonised: Life in China’s Surveillance State (find a summary of the German Edition here) in great detail about the new “gulags” in China. The topic is relevant not only because of the now proven human rights violations, but also because China’s leadership is testing the latest surveillance techniques in order to use them later throughout the country – and then make them an international export hit. In an exclusive getAbstract interview with Strittmatter – conducted about a month ago, on the occasion of the presentation of the getAbstract Book Award to the sinologist – he explains the mechanisms and their consequences for the rest of the world.

“We can no longer afford the naivety when it comes to our image of China under Xi Jinping”

If you want to know more about the topic, getAbstract offers the following channels with relevant knowledge: Foreign Politics of China, Inside China, China – History & Politics, Domestic Politics of China, Doing Business in China – and of course the Tech Channels Artificial Intelligence and Surveillance.

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