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Star date: 14th March 2017

SALFORD MAYOR WELCOMES FRIENDSHIP WITH CHINA REGION THAT FORCES CAR OWNERS TO INSTALL TRACKING DEVICES

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has signed an "agreement of cooperation and friendship" with the Mayor of Urumqi in China, related to the huge Middlewood Locks development which avoided over £6million in planning fees.

Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang province which, last month, ordered every car owner in one of its regions to install a GPS tracking device, while swamping the streets with troops. It's also the subject of an Amnesty International campaign to free a critic of the government who has been jailed for life... "It was interesting to meet and find out how much we share in common with Urumqi" said Dennett after signing the deal.

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Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett with Chinese friends Chinese President Visits Manchester 2015 Chinese President Visits Manchester 2015
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"It was interesting to meet and find out how much we share in common with Urumqi" Salford City Mayor

In February, a delegation from Urumqi visited Salford as guests of Scarborough International Properties Limited (SIPL) and Hualing Group, the companies behind the massive Middlewood Locks Development behind the Islington Estate.

The Middlewood Locks development will include 2,215 homes, none of which are affordable, and over 750,000 sq ft of offices, a hotel, shops and restaurants. The developers have already avoided over £6million in planning fees, according to official Salford Council reports (see previous Salford Star articles – click here and click here).

The Hualing Group arranged for the delegation from Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang province, to visit Salford to see its 'investment', while Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, signed what the Council calls "an agreement of cooperation and friendship" with Ilham Sabir, the Mayor of Urumqi Municipal Government in China.

As the Chinese delegation hit Salford, Urumqi was also hitting the world's news regarding its over the top treatment of the minority population of Xinjiang. The Guardian reported that, in the wake of two terrorist incidents, every car owner in Bayingolin - hundreds of thousands of people – had been ordered to install GPS tracking devices in their vehicles so the authorities could keep tabs on their movements. Anyone failing to do so was banned from buying petrol.

Ilham Sabir, the Mayor of Urumqi, said: "Cracking down on terrorist activities is listed in the work report as the region's top task this year because a stable social environment is the foundation for other tasks".

Urumqi also saw 10,000 armed Chinese army troops stage a 'mass anti-terror parade' after the attacks which were by...well, no-one is really sure. The Guardian reported that "The move comes amid an apparent spike in killing that authorities blame on Islamist extremists and separatists but experts say is also fuelled by ethnic friction between Han Chinese migrants and members of the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority to whom Xinjiang is home." (see here)

The Shanghaiist, carrying spectacular photos of the army crackdown (see here), reported that "China has blamed Uighur separatist groups for regular episodes of violence in the region, sometimes cracking down on militants with deadly force..." but added "Uighurs have complained about a number of measures that they say discriminate against their religion by cracking down on religious holidays, customs, and even long beards..."

Meanwhile, Amnesty International is currently promoting a human rights campaign to free university professor, Ilham Tohti, after he was jailed for life in Urumqi ... "Ilham has worked tirelessly to build bridges between ethnic communities in China" states Amnesty "He always opposed violence in his writing and lectures, and sought to encourage cooperation and understanding. But he's been jailed for life – supposedly for stirring up ethnic hatred." (see here)

Salford, with its pioneering history of democracy, would have nothing to do with such a place, one might have thought. But the Council gleefully reports Salford Mayor Paul Dennett saying "It was interesting to meet and find out how much we share in common with Urumqi"...


* See also previous Salford Star article - Salford Girl's Granny Imprisoned in China in Human Rights Atrocity - click here

*See also: 9,000 Salford People Gagged By Council - click here

Read the full Salford City Council 'friendship' press release - click here

Main photo shows Ilham Tohti from the Amnesty campaign film

Part time socialist wrote
at 18:45:57 on 16 March 2017
seems a lot of Star readers want to keep it that way, full of unemployed living in social housing and the city being a wasteland. Your comments mark sorry mate if I was Unemployed and living in Social housing I would be a little miffed. The Council wastes and it needs to be highlighted, check out in the budget, check out the debt levels, Salford Rugby, pots of cash on allowances, who should I blame?
 
Mark wrote
at 17:12:04 on 16 March 2017
@PTSocialist, blatantly skim reading, where did I say I had either a problem with social housing or the unemployed? I grew up in social housing which is where most of my family live. I was unemployed for a while through disability, but thankfully not anymore. Zero hours are across the county as are all the issues you have mentioned. Stop blaming the council for all the ills of society.
 
part time socalist wrote
at 10:20:06 on 16 March 2017
Mark look close the inward investment comes from buy to let flats, speculators, the investment we see are people knowing full well this council backs away on planning section 106 funding. And it's cheaper to build here than prime land in central Manchester. Look on the sky line and ask where the cranes are Manchester. Inward investment brings jobs but like the star said we only see zero hours or poorly paid positions try the job pages jobs in salford don't exist. The Council invest cash to clean only when they are pushed because people are starting to see the neglect. What is your issue with social housing? there is no shame In Council homes what few they have don't you see the stock gone to private companies on the cheap, and yet the council still sits with huge debts for their original build. Salford LABOUR council is like a house built on sand only time before it sinks. Unemployment is not a crime the crime is Past Labour Governments that made it an easy ride for the workshy don't brand ever one the same.
 
Mark wrote
at 07:04:32 on 16 March 2017
Re-read what I said PT Socialist! I said people one here moan everyday that Salford is a dirty dump and then cry again when 1) the council announce money for street cleaning; 2) that's there are lots of developments and now 3) that we are working with the Chinese! I CHOSE to move to Salford as I love the place so I won't be going anywhere, but I'm also not stupid enough to think it's Nirvana, it still needs (and is getting) lots of inward investment. And please don't start on human rights abuses, tell me any country not guilty of them!
 
Part time socalist wrote
at 10:22:11 on 15 March 2017
We buy Chinese goods not by choice, the sad reality is the damn market is flooded with the things. Large Companies Like Apple are happy to pay peanuts to peasant workers in their ever ending search for profits. China cares little how it's workforce and it's people live or their working conditions. The Mayor is trying to bring influence! makes me wonder how you work that one out, by supporting a regime that flouts Human rights. Foreign investment from China I suppose your right if you count the number of takeaways. Star readers on average are the working man wanting to better the city and create a future for it's children you on the other end seem to think it's a dump, perhaps you should pick up your belongings and move to somewhere less appalling. When the Mayor says we have a lot in common I would love to ask what part of Salford does he see,
 
Mark wrote
at 08:24:41 on 15 March 2017
Total non story, please don't get like the MEN, posting any old rubbish! It was only in the last year or so that Manchester hosted the Chinese president! How many people reading this buy Chinese goods? If you are so disturbed about them why not start with boycotting their products, no one will because they are cheap! Cheap shot at the Mayor just because he's trying to bring some affluence to Salford. Everyone quick to cry that it's a dump but it seems a lot of Star readers want to keep it that way, full of unemployed living in social housing and the city being a wasteland. Society is moving fast and it's all foreign investment that's keeping it moving, let's get salford out of the dark ages! I love all the development that's going on!
 
part time socailist wrote
at 21:40:28 on 14 March 2017
Lets keep a check on which Labour members follow the ex leader and get a free trip to China.
 
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