China’s oppression of Xinjiang’s Uygurs

If this is a topic of interest, you absolutely must read this great review of three books on how China has dealt with its Moslems in the west. The critic makes some brilliant points about how China deals with troublesome minorities. Even scarier, however, is how the US has abetted this oppression by giving it legitimacy under our “war on terror.”

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Western China and Islam: Returned

A great follow-up to an old post regarding western China’s apparent immunity to Islamic fanaticism and the people of the region: the Peking Duck …

June 21, 2004 @ 10:42 pm | Comment

Asia by blog

A special Dragon Boat festival edition of news across Asian blogs… The big story is the kidnapping of a South Korean in Iraq. FY has a good summary of links, including a comprehensive one from RiK with more here, a translation of an appeal at Orancka…

June 22, 2004 @ 12:01 am | Comment

Indeed a great article, I especially like the last paragraph on how to deal with Xinjiang’s crisis. I am fascinated by how China’s policy towards Xinjiang has evolved after 9/11, since there were already a couple of street bombings in Xinjiang as well as in Beijing before 9/11. It was rather convenient to brand these separatists as “terrorists” after what happened to WTC, and play along with U.S. policies, just like everyone else (except for, of course, French. But then they banned the headscarf in school… crazy). I will be traveling to Xinjiang myself for the first time next month, so I guess I will see first hand how Xinjiang is like under central government’s rule.

June 22, 2004 @ 11:30 am | Comment

Terrific link.

June 23, 2004 @ 12:58 am | Comment

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