Artificial resuscitation: Beijing’s manipulation to pan-Turkism

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Pan-Turkism emerged in the middle of the 19th century as an attempt to uniting all Turkic people along the Silk Road from the Mediterranean to China. After the ascent of modern Turkey under Mustafa Kemal as well as the Soviet incorporation of Central Asia, pan-Turkism had practically withered–although apparently not as an ideology. Indeed, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent independence of the Central Asia republics have provided for the revival of the pan-Turkism vision, perceived by Beijing as a threat not only to its interests in Central Asia but, moreover, to Xinjiang’s internal stability and China’s sovereignty. While this vision could hardly be accomplished, China’s intensive preoccupation with pan-Turkism has facilitated its artificial resuscitation, though it appears already deceased. Xi Jinping’s One Belt One Road initiative aims, among other things, at blocking pan-Turkism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-318
Number of pages18
JournalAsian Ethnicity
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • China
  • Ottoman
  • Pan-Turkism
  • Tujue
  • Turkey
  • Uyghurs
  • Xinjiang
  • Yaqub Beg

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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