Uyghurs: Chinesization, Violence and the Future
IUP Journal of International Relations, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 18-38, Winter 2012
22 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2012
Date Written: February 23, 2012
This study examines ethnic tensions and conflict in the China’s conflict-ridden Xinjiang region where Uyghurs, who share distinct traits such as language, culture, and religion, claim geographical domination. The major thesis of this study is that Chinesization of Xinjiang region by the Chinese Communist party (CCP) has fuelled an ethnic conflict and violence. The study attempts to understand violence of both parties. Each party’s violence or violent attitudes against the other increases the sense of distrust between them. This paper also discusses some fundamental historical factors that play a role in understanding Xinjiang’s ethnic violence. It finally suggests solutions to the protracted ethno-political conflict -- partition or power-sharing.
Keywords: Uyghurs, Han, Power-sharing
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