Xinjiang in China’s Foreign Relations: Part of a New Silk Road or Central Asian Zone of Conflict?

  title={Xinjiang in China’s Foreign Relations: Part of a New Silk Road or Central Asian Zone of Conflict?},
  author={Colin Patrick Mackerras},
  journal={East Asia},
  • C. Mackerras
  • Published 31 January 2015
  • Political Science
  • East Asia
This paper analyses how the situation in China’s most northwestern province-level unit Xinjiang has affected China’s overall foreign relations since disturbances in its capital Ürümqi in July 2009. Xinjiang’s most populous ethnic group is the mostly-Muslim Uighurs. The paper assumes a framework that puts a high priority on China’s facing west. Though no more important than the eastward-looking foreign policy that has dominated Western analysis, the paper sees China’s facing west perspective as… 
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