Xinjiang is the ‘pivot of Asia’, where the frontiers of China, Tibet, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia approach each other. The growing Uyghur demand for a separate homeland and continuing violence in Xinjiang have brought this region into the focus of national and international attention. With Xinjiang becoming the hub of trans-Asian trade and traffic , and also due to its rich energy resources, Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang are poised to assert their ethno-political position, thereby posing serious challenge to China’s authority in the region.
This book offers a new perspective on the region, with a focus on social, economic and political developments in Xinjiang in modern and contemporary times. Drawing on detailed analyses by experts on Xinjiang from India, Central Asia, Russia, Taiwan and China, this book presents a coherent, concise and rich analysis of ethnic relations, Uyghur resistance, China’s policy in Xinjiang and its economic relations with its Central Asian neighbours.
It is of interest to those studying in Chinese and Central Asian politics and society, International Relations and Security Studies.
"This volume is a valuable addition to the existing scholarship about Xinjiang, extending our understanding of Xinjiang’s history, its ethnic-religious diversity, its relations with neighbouring Central Asian countries, and China’s efforts in stabilizing this geo-strategic region, both for experts and general readers." – Hang Lin, ASIEN 2016
1. Introduction K. Warikoo 2. Cultural Heritage of Xinjiang K. Warikoo 3. Energy and Natural Resources in Xinjiang Ji Zen Tu 4. Xinjiang under the Qings K. Warikoo 5. Rethinking Ethnicity in China Qiu Yonghai 6. China’s Ethnic Tangle with Special Reference to Xinjiang K. R. Sharma 7. China’s Policy in Xinjiang, 1949-1978 Debashish Chaudhry 8. Kazakh Diaspora in Xinjiang Natalia Ablazhey 9. Economic Cooperation between Central Asian Republics and Xinjiang Region of China Kh. Umarov 10. Xinjiang Factor in Kazakhstan-China Relations A M. Yessengaliyeva and S.B. Kozhirova 11. Cross-border Interaction between Xinjiang and South Siberia in Central Asia: The Big Altai Approach Evgeny Vodichev 12. Economic and Social Development in Xinjiang Chen Xi 13. China’s Western Development Programme in Xinjiang Wang Jianming 14. Religious Policies in Xinjiang Wang Qinji 15. Ethno-Religious Separatism in Xinjiang and China’s Response K. Warikoo 16. Uyghur Nationalism and 5 July 2009 Incident in Urumqi Fu Jen-Kun