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China’s repressive actions against the Uyghurs are undermining national security

By Phil Gurski      

At the same time, by labelling every Uyghur a potential terrorist Xinjiang merely creates the conditions under which more terrorists are created. This does sound like a poor counterterrorism strategy, does it not?

Protesters, pictured in Berlin, Germany, in 2009, against the persecution of Muslims in Uyghur. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia
OTTAWA—Imagine, if you will, the following scenario. In the wake of two successful terrorist attacks in October 2014, in which two innocent Canadians were killed, the Harper government initiated a system of concentration camps for Muslims living in our country. Anyone caught in possession of a Quran, or women in a hijab, or men sporting a beard would be rounded up and sent to a ‘re-education camp.’ Sounds a tad severe, right?

Well, this is exactly what the PRC is doing in the far northwest province of Xinjiang to its Muslim inhabitants.

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