False Alarm: Xinjiang and China's national security

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A remote region in Western China usually avoided by foreigners, and even by Chinese, Xinjiang has reached the headlines over the last two decades. International media, also underscored by Beijing's, have created the impression that Xinjiang is in a state of war, undergoing unrest and a series of violent clashes between the authorities and rebellious Uyghurs. Whereas Beijing attributes Uyghurs unrest primarily to separatism and "pursuit of independence", its response is also induced by "religious extremism" and "terrorism" that Beijing associates with Uyghurs. And this is not just an internal threat. It is believed to be fed by external sources in Central Asia and the Middle East - and on the Internet. These threats are supplemented by unsettled problems with neighboring countries, like the border conflict with India, competition with Russia over Central Asia, the continued US military presence in Afghanistan and Beijing's perceived US (and Turkish) support for Uyghur separatism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies, Second Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315455648
ISBN (Print)9781138210295
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 selection and editorial material, Sumit Ganguly, Andrew Scobell and Joseph Chinyong Liow; individual chapters, the contributors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)


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