A few months ago I posted about China's internal resistance beyond that of their external political conundrum in Tibet. I concentrated, rather specifically, on the possibility of China's fracture along ethnic lines were it to face a collapse similar to that of the Soviet empire and put forth the Uighar and the Xinjiang province as a possible example.
The Uighur culture survived another near century that saw the fall of Manchu rule, the rise of Nationalist rule and it's subsequent demise at the hands of a communist surge, all culminating in the Cultural Revolution which established the foundations of the Chinese state we have come to know today.
And today there remains some 8 million Uighurs scattered about in the Xinjiang province, and into Uzbekistan. Unsurprisingly the Chinese have supplied the Xinjiang province with a Han influx designed to tone down the native ethnic presence. The result, of course, is a resistance to the rubbing out of ones culture. Tibet isn't the only ethic front of the Chinese struggle:
Now we have this, via Robert Kaplan:
It isn’t only Tibetans who have risen up against Chinese rule, but also Turkic Moslem Uighurs in China’s far western province of Xinjiang. The Chinese have reacted by arresting Uighur (pronounced WE-goor) activists in the Islamic center of Kashgar, and accusing Uighurs of ties to international terrorism. The Uighurs, in return, demand an independent state: that of East Turkestan. Even as China prepares to showcase its growing strength and dynamism at this year’s Olympics, the situation in Xinjiang, as much as the one in Tibet, demonstrates how it has yet to consolidate its border areas, with profound implications for China, the United States, and the world.
Kaplan lays his ideas out in a much more learned and cohesive fashion but it's gratifying to have posted on a subject only to have a coincidental follow up in a much better fashion by such an esteemed journalist.
Note the term coincidental. Contrary to "ripping off" (see commentary) or "plagiarism" (see ryanholiday's remark) which are subjects that entail a minor drama here at Soob.
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