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Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev at the end of a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 11, 2019.

On September 4, Kazakhstan blocked scholar Gene Bunin from entering the country.

Kazakh officials could not tell Bunin why he was prevented from entering the country, but they did tell him he was unwelcome in Kazakhstan for the next five years.

Bunin has been one of the leading researchers shedding light on the Chinese government's abuse of the Muslim peoples of western China’s Xinjiang region, while the Chinese authorities have continued to downplay or deny the severity of the situation in Xinjiang.

Bunin had been working out of Kazakhstan, a country where China has significant investment and influence.

Kazakhstan's decision to ban Bunin from the country was almost surely related to China's displeasure at his work chronicling the incarcerations and torture of ethnic Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other indigenous Muslim peoples in Xinjiang, just across the border from Central Asia.

Meanwhile, lawyers for Uyghur groups have filed evidence with the International Criminal Court that implicates Tajikistan as a being a transit country for extraordinary renditions of Uyghurs back to China.

On this week's Majlis Podcast, RFE/RL media-relations manager Muhammad Tahir moderates a discussion on the ties that bind Central Asia to China and might incline Central Asian governments to cooperate with China, even in Beijing's repressions against Muslims.

This week's guests are: from Washington, Nury Turkel, the commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; also from Washington, Sean Roberts, professor of international affairs at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs and author of the book The War On The Uyghurs: China's Internal Campaign against Xinjiang's Muslims; and Bruce Pannier, the author of the Qishloq Ovozi blog.

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Evacuees from Afghanistan leave a German Air Force plane in Tashkent on August 26.

Uzbekistan might have the best lines of communication with the Taliban of any Central Asian state.

But Tashkent is now facing problems after the Taliban requested the return of 585 Afghan government military personnel along with more than 40 warplanes and helicopters that crossed the border into Uzbekistan in mid-August.

Uzbek authorities have reportedly been speaking with other countries about taking the Afghan soldiers.

And Uzbek authorities are also contending with small numbers of Afghans who continue to try to escape from Taliban rule and flee into Uzbekistan. Uzbek authorities are turning the Afghans back at the border, a move that some countries and international organizations are criticizing.

On this week's Majlis podcast, RFE/RL media-relations manager Muhammad Tahir moderates a discussion that looks at how Uzbekistan’s government is dealing with the Afghan spillover since the Taliban seized control over most of the country in mid-August.

This week’s guests are, from Britain, Shahida Tulaganova, a documentary filmmaker who has been working to get journalists out of Afghanistan; also from Britain, Alisher Ilkhamov, the Eurasia program officer at the Open Society Foundations; from Prague, Alisher Sidiq, director of RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, known locally as Ozodlik; and Bruce Pannier, the author of the Qishloq Ovozi blog.

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About This Blog

Qishloq Ovozi is a blog by RFE/RL Central Asia specialist Bruce Pannier that aims to look at the events that are shaping Central Asia and its respective countries, connect the dots to shed light on why those processes are occurring, and identify the agents of change.

Content draws on the extensive knowledge and contacts of RFE/RL's Central Asian services but also allow scholars in the West, particularly younger scholars who will be tomorrow’s experts on the region, opportunities to share their views on the evolving situation at this Eurasian crossroad.

The name means "Village Voice" in Uzbek. But don't be fooled, Qishloq Ovozi is about all of Central Asia.

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