Pao Pao, an internet news platform supported by Greatfire.org, RNW, Hong Kong Independent Media and the China Digital Times among others, has sought insights from Nicholas Dynon about the use of the term “terrorism” in reportage on violent incidents in China. For readers of Chinese, the report is available on the Pao Pao website.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) has sought insights from Line 21 Project coordinator Nicholas Dynon following the most recent incident of reported violence in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region. Read a copy of the article published in the West Australian newspaper / Yahoo7 here.
- China authorities say 8 police station “attackers” shot dead in Xinjiang (channelnewsasia.com)
- 8 terrorists killed in Xinjiang attack – Xinhua (news.xinhuanet.com)
When a blazing SUV rammed traffic cordons and ran over sightseers at the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing two weeks ago, killing five and injuring 40, media outlets reached for their usual suspects. Both Chinese and international commentators were quick to frame the suicide attack on the symbolic epicenter of China within the context of long-running ethnic tensions in the country’s peripheral Xinjiang region.
Chinese state-controlled media reported the incident as an act of terrorism, claiming that the East Turkistan Independence Movement (ETIM) – a group Beijing lists as an international terrorist organization – was behind the attack. Despite blaming ETIM for the incident, China’s top security official, Meng Jianzhu offered no details of the allegations against the group.
Fast-forward one week, and the November 6 bombing of Communist Party headquarters in the Shanxi province capital of Taiyuan has further heightened sensitivities just days out from the Party’s third plenum in Beijing. With no hint of jihadist involvement for authorities to point the finger at, this attack appears to be the latest in a spate of terror attacks emanating from well within China’s heartlands and far from its restive borders…
Read more of this article by Nicholas Dynon at The Diplomat website.
Line 21 Coordinator Nicholas Dynon recently fielded questions from Agence France-Presse (AFP) in relation to this week’s Tiananmen jeep incident in Beijing. This article appears today in The Australian newspaper online:
FESTERING discontent with China’s governance of Xinjiang is on the rise and Beijing is intent on clamping down, analysts say, in a vicious cycle that will only spin faster after this week’s fatal attack in Tiananmen Square.
Authorities say attacker Usmen Hasan and his wife and mother were carrying jihadist banners and machetes in the vehicle that they crashed into crowds outside the Forbidden City on Monday, before setting it alight and dying in the blaze… read more