China, Xinjiang and the internationalisation of the Uyghur issue

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Title China, Xinjiang and the internationalisation of the Uyghur issue
Author Clarke, Michael Edmund
Journal Name Global Change, Peace & Security
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper argues that Beiijing's handling of the Xinjiang and Uyghur issues at the domestic, regional and international levels is characterised by a number of contradictions. Domestically, the July 2009 unrest suggests that China's longstanding approach to Xinjiang is at risk of failure due to the contradictions inherent in the logic that underpins Beijing's strategy. Regionally, Beijing faces a contradiction between its growing influence on the governments of Central Asia and the ambivalent attitude of Central Asian publics towards China. Internationally, the major implication of the July unrest has been to signal the internationalisation of the Uyghur issue whereby it has become a significant irritant in Beijing's relations with a number of major Western states, including the USA and Australia. It has been Beijing's own approach to Xinjiang domestically and its handling of the Uyghur issue in its diplomacy that has contributed to the internationalisation of the issue.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Global Change, Peace and Security 22(2), 2010, pp. 213-229. Global Change, Peace and Security is available online at: with the open URL of your article.
Volume 22
Issue Number 2
Page from 213
Page to 229
ISSN 1478-1158
Date Accessioned 2011-05-23
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Political Science
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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