21st Century Ethnocide: China’s Plan for the Uyghurs of Xinjiang

This week on China Watch: the Chinese Communist Party’s Plan to de-Uyghurize and Sinicize Xinjiang

In this special edition of China Watch we look at perhaps the most extreme exercise in ethnic assimilation ever attempted: the People’s Republic of China’s campaign to Sinicize its far west holding, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, through bleeding edge security and demographic measures.

The PRC’s Xinjiang program has attracted the critical interest of the Western world as an egregious violation of human rights, focusing on an apparently extensive campaign of extralegal detention and indoctrination in re-education camps of hundreds of thousands and perhaps as many as a million Uyghurs.

China’s critics have aired their grievances before the U.N. Committee to End Racial Discrimination in Geneva. China sent a 48-person delegation to the hearing, raising expectations that next week the PRC will for the first time publicly acknowledge and seek to defend its activities in Xinjiang.

It would seem the re-education camps are a recipe for disaster for the PRC: crowding together thousands of rightfully aggrieved Uyghurs together under conditions highly conducive to not only a heightened sense of grievance, but also activism, networking, and, potentially radicalization.

Well, maybe there’s something more at work.

We’ll look at the history and context of the PRC attempts to pacify Xinjiang, the current policies, the mystery of the re-education camps, and whether dreams of integrating Xinjiang into the greater Chinese polity will end in success, catastrophe, or somewhere in-between.

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Show notes

The Stan That Never Was: China and the Uyghurs   A piece I wrote for the CounterPunch print magazine in 2014.  It describes the governance crisis besetting the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Xi Jinping’s pivot away from localized  “hearts and minds” laissez faire to intensive central management.  Purchase required.

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  1. Amber Sayman says:

    Great episode! Always a pleasure to watch. 🙂

  2. Robert Barricklow says:

    You covering Nicaragua?

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