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China Begins Separatism Trial of Uighur Scholar

China has begun its trial of ethnic Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti, a widely-regarded academic who has also openly criticized China’s ethnic policies in the remote and restive region of Xinjiang.  Chinese authorities have charged the former economics professor with separatism, an accusation Tohti denies.   Security was tight outside the court in Xinjiang’s capital of Urumqi where the trial of Ilham Tohti was held.  Much like his arrest earlier this year, details about the...

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