Precious Little Space for Uyghur or Tibetan Grievances.

Written by Elliot Sperling. It’s already been many years since anyone seriously asserted that continuing political liberalization would be the certain result of economic growth in post-Mao China. One might propose, however, that we are seeing something somewhat opposite: as economic indicators turn downward the post-1989 idea that if left to its authoritarian ways the …

The “Terror” Angle in China’s Domestic “Stability Maintenance.”

Written by Tom Cliff. The foremost aim of Chinese authorities’ “Uyghur terror-threat” mobilisation outside Xinjiang is stability among the Han majority. Initially confined to Xinjiang, China has significantly expanded “anti-terror” mobilisation across the country. Urban police forces are rapidly being augmented with paramilitary units, and equipment including armoured cars and semi-automatic weapons. The Chinese authorities employ …

The Current Status of Ethnic Policy in China

Written by Wenshan Jia. This post discusses China’s Ethnic Policy since the 18th Party Congress. Analysis of literature on evolving theoretical and policy discourses on ethnic relations in China between the founding of PRC in 1949 and the 18th Congress in 2012 reveal the following: The so-called “first generation” of ethnic policy discourse represented by scholars such …

Cracks in China’s New Silk Road

Written by Michael Clarke. Francis Fukuyama recently argued that President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) strategy ‘represents a striking departure in Chinese policy’ whereby Beijing is ‘seeking to export its development model to other countries.’ The OBOR’s emphasis on ‘on massive state-led investments in infrastructure’ to facilitate trans-Eurasian economic interconnectivity, he notes, contrasts with …

From disdain to greater interests: China and the rest of the world.

Written by Daouda Cissé. China is at the heart of the world economy. China’s economy has never been more strongly connected to the global economy than today. Increasingly, China’s economic success or downturn has impact on the global economy. China’s impact on the current crisis of the global commodity market and the recent turmoil in the …

Comparing Tibet and Xinjiang through the structural dimensions of socio-economic change

Written by Andrew Fischer. The similarities between Tibet and Xinjiang are compelling in many respects. Besides the obvious religious differences between Tibetans and Uyghurs, both are minority nationalities struggling with an influx of Han migrants in a context of discriminatory and authoritarian majority rule and heavily subsidized development strategies. However, careful examination of certain structural …

What Explains the Rise of Ethnic Minority Tensions in China?

Written by Reza Hasmath. Ethnic minority tensions have been on the rise in mainland China. In mid-September 2015, a knife-wielding attack in Aksu, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) claimed the lives of nearly 50 individuals and injured another 50. This followed numerous outbursts of ethnic violence between Uyghurs and Han in Kunming (March 2014), and in …

Soft Power by Accident? Food for Thought from a Chinese Dating Show

Written by Wanning Sun. If You Are the One (ITATO hereafter, or Feicheng Wurao in Chinese) is a hugely popular dating show from Jiangsu Satellite TV, a provincial Chinese television station based in Nanjing. Started in 2010, the show has also been bought and screened by numerous television networks, including in countries such as Korea, …

Learning Party-speak: What the New Textbook for Dislocated Minority Students Tells us about China

Written by James Leibold and Timothy A. Grose. Over the last thirty years, China has been engaged in a poorly understood experiment in multicultural education. Since 1980 the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been uprooting Tibetan, Uyghur and other minority youths from their communities in Western China and schooling them in the language and culture …

Spatial Results of the 2010 Census in Xinjiang

Written by Stanley Toops. In this entry, I profile the spatial pattern of minzu (ethnicity) and population of the 2010 census of Xinjiang. The 2010 census shows Xinjiang as having 21.82 million people; the 2000 census registered 18.46 million. The population is concentrated in two segments, the corridor on the northern foothills of the Tengri Tagh …