China, Xinjiang and Central Asia: History, Transition and by Colin Mackerras, Michael Clarke

By Colin Mackerras, Michael Clarke

Imperative Asia and Xinjiang – the a long way north-western province of China – are of accelerating foreign significance. the us, having proven army bases in significant Asia after September 2001, has now turn into a strength in what was once formerly predominantly a Russian sphere of impression; when China, Russia and Iran all proceed to exert robust impression. those exterior, overseas impacts have had an important influence on neighborhood politics, with the overthrow of a long-standing regime in Kyrgyzstan, persisted unrest and competition to the present regime in Uzbekistan and the intensification of chinese language keep an eye on in Xinjiang. This publication explores the impact of worldwide and native dynamics around the zone: worldwide affects contain the ‘War on Terror’ and foreign pageant for strength assets; neighborhood dynamics comprise Islamic revival, critical Asian nationalism, medicines trafficking; monetary improvement and integration. The authors argue that those a number of demanding situations, actually, unite Xinjiang and valuable Asia in a typical fight for identities and financial improvement. This ebook offers a finished review of the region’s old importance, the modern foreign forces which impact the zone, and of present political, fiscal and cultural advancements.

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E. 1700 to 2007) can thus be outlined in light of the considerations addressed above. Three major periods can be identified and correlated to the gradual process in the transformation of Central Asia’s political, economic and cultural environment and role in world history. The 1700 to 1900 period can be seen as constituting an era of the gradual apportionment of the region between the imperial states of Russia and China, whereby the political and military power of these external societies overcame that of Central Asia.

His term ‘ethnoscapes’ referred to the shifting terrains of people that constitute the world in which we live: tourists, immigrants, refugees, exiles, and guest workers. 24 Manuel Castells, The Power of Identity , London: Blackwell, 1997, pp. 5–24. 25 Michael Dillon, Xinjiang – China’s Muslim Far Northwest , London: Routledge Curzon, 2004, pp. 156–62. 26 You Ji, ‘China’s Post-9/11 Terrorism Strategy’, Association for Asian Research, 5 November 2004. Online. html> (accessed 24 October 2008). 27 Ji, ‘China’s Post-9/11 Terrorism Strategy’.

In fact, both the frequency and severity of violent incidents in Xinjiang have declined since 1997–98, possibly because of Chinese efforts at interdiction. While it is not negligible, the current threat of organized Uyghur separatism and particularly of terrorist attacks on civilian targets seems less serious than claimed in official and media reports. Episodes of resistance to rule from Beijing, while relatively common, have been discontinuous and characterized by a variety of ideologies, Islam being only one of them.

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