My Brush With Surveillance in Xinjiang

China’s crackdown on Uighur Muslims means security checks are part of daily life

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A facial recognition system Korla, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. Photo: VCG via Getty Images

By Yuan Yang

When I boarded a flight to Xinjiang, the north-west desert region of China where some 1.5 million Uighur Muslims are being held in detention camps, I considered the technologies that had been used in the area to track other…

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