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China - Silenced, January 2005


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Synopsis of "Silenced"

INTERVIEW WITH SERENE FANG
Secret Meetings and an Unexpected Arrest

FACTS & STATS
Who are the Uighurs? The People of Xinjiang Province

LINKS & RESOURCES
Uighur History, Separatism, U.S.-China Relationships, Uighurs in Guantanamo, Uighur News

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Interview With Serene Fang: Secret Meetings and an Unexpected Arrest

Serene Fang

FRONTLINE/World reporter Serene Fang
FRONTLINE/World reporter Serene Fang found herself covering the arrest of a Uighur citizen when she traveled to the remote northwest Xinjiang province in China. FRONTLINE/World series editor Stephen Talbot talked with her about her investigation into the issues of this troubled region -- oil, Muslims, rhetoric about terrorism and political tensions.

Part One: The Wild West -- The Roots of Uighur Nationalism
In part one of the interview, learn more about the background of Uighur nationalism and the current situation in Xinjiang. Fang describes "a stark, beautiful landscape ... and a very segregated one, where each town has its modern Chinese section and its poorer Uighur section." read more

Part Two: Arrest and Disappearance
In part two, learn about Serene Fang's secret meeting with Sitiwaldi (Dilkex) Tilivaldi, a Uighur man who wanted to talk with her; their arrests by Chinese state security; and his disappearance. "Those state police told me that they could keep me for as long as they wanted," recounts Fang, "and they weren't going to inform anybody where I was." read more