Category: China

Sources of Conflict in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Separatist activity in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has created a divide between east and west. Chinese central policies intended to provide for cultural and ethnic equality, cohesion and stability can be seen as the root cause for this division and angst common among Uyghurs. Is there an end to the conflict and sparatist extremism, or will it continue for years to come?

An immovable object and an unstoppable force: the Uyghurs and Beijing

Mubashar Hasan discusses the political dynamics between the ethnic Uyghur and the Chinese administration. In this post the author argues “…Unless China is willing to pursue a more nuanced, diplomatic and inclusive approach to integrate Uyghurs, and Uyghurs choose to deal with the Chinese administration through civil and political channels, we can expect to see further clashes in the Xinjiang province over the coming years.

Is Beijing Considering a Policy Change in Xinjiang?

In this article, Brett Elmer argues that an escalation in Xinjiang and Uyghur-related violence since the October 31, 2013, car bomb attack in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, may finally have prompted Chinese President Xi Jinping to take steps towards rectifying the genuine Uyghur grievances that exist in the volatile region.