The fracturing of China? ethnic separatism and political violence in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region
Hitchcock, Bradley D.
Croissant, Aurel S.
Twomey, Christopher P.
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In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, China began to tout its own terrorist problem in the predominantly Muslim-populated province of Xinjiang. Claims that the province's separatists and extremists threaten China's national security seem contrary to literature focusing on the region's ethnic minorities. Yet Xinjiang has historically been a restive, rebellious province, and only in recent years came fully under Beijing's sphere of control. Throughout the 1990s sporadic political violence occurred in Xinjiang, and as the geopolitical situation in Central Asia changed, Beijing's claim that Muslims were a threat to its national security became a legitimate question. An evaluation of the elements that produce an environment ripe for mass organized political violence on such a scale as to threaten China's sovereignty can provide a useful understanding of the current state of affairs within Xinjiang. This thesis concludes that, while each element exists and has existed in varying degrees since Chinese rule of the region began, all of the elements have not been simultaneously at a level to produce the level of violence that would threaten China's sovereignty.
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The fracturing of China?: ethnic separatism and political violence in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region Hitchcock, Bradley D. (Monterey California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2007-09);In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, China began to tout its own terrorist problem in the predominantly Muslim-populated province of Xinjiang. Claims that the province's separatists ...
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