China’s Festering Wounds-1:Xinjiang

2I must admit in the beginning that I am not enamoured by so called super power status of China. I am not going to write copious volumes about her doubtful economic progress. There is a valid reason for my doubt or disbelief. China is not a democracy. She does not believe in free society. And she never encourages or permits free discussions. Chinese government simply dishes out statistics of it’s choice and forces the world to believe it. And the world almost acquiesces and agrees in awe.

China proclaims that she has domestic stability and there is no dissent. All the ethnic minorities are living in perfect harmony with the Han majority. The myth propounded by China was exposed during the Beijing Olympics last year. The volatile TIBET, their so called autonomous region, revolted against Chinese rule. There were worldwide protests by exiled Tibetans and Chinese claims of unity and ethnic harmony was thoroughly exposed. For Tibetan unrest, China blamed everyone but herself. But about TIBET I will write later.

Today I am writing about XINJIANG, another so called autonomous region of China. During last year’s Beijing Olympic, precisely four days before the inauguration ceremony, 2 UIGHURS were sentenced to death for killing 17 policemen in KASHGAR. Here again China blamed everyone except herself. Chinese government said that REBIYA KADEER, head of WORLD UIGHUR CONGRESS, is the main force behind the unrest. Sometimes they say that main force behind all these activities is EAST TURKESTAN ISLAMIC MOVEMENT.  Let us go through the facts. On Sunday evening ethnic riots erupted in XINJIANG. As per government sources 140 people died and 800 got wounded. After Tibetan uprising and protests on the streets of LHASA, this is the worst riot in China’s recent history. I am not counting TIEN UN MEN SQUARE massacre here because that is class apart.

TIBET and XINJIANG, why these two autonomous provinces of China are so restive? The truth lies in the hegemonic aspirations of China. XINJIANG, known in earlier history as EAST TURKESTAN, is rich in oil and is the Muslim majority area.It is native place of 8 million Turkish speaking UIGHUR muslim minority. They complain that Chinese government muzzles their religious feelings and tries to control every aspect of their lives. The fact is, HAN majority Chinese are settling in XINJIANG in large number and UIGHURS are becoming a minority in their own land. How can anyone tolerate this?

Ethnic minorities are rising in revolt. You can muzzle people for sometime but you can not muzzle or control everybody forever. Very soon this so called emerging world power will succumb to her wounds.



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