Ethno-Diplomacy: The Uyghur Hitch in Sino-Turkish Relation

Ethno-Diplomacy: The Uyghur Hitch in Sino-Turkish Relation

Ethno-Diplomacy: The Uyghur Hitch in Sino-Turkish Relation
Author(s): Yitzhak Shichor
East-West Center (2009)
Executive Summary
Beginning in 1949, China considered, and dealt with, so-called Uyghur separatism and the quest for Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang) independence as a domestic problem. Since the early 1990s, however, Beijing has begun to recognize the international aspects of this problem and to deal with its external manifestations. This new policy has affected China’s relations with Turkey, which has ideologically inspired Uyghur nationalism, offered sanctuary to Uyghur refugees, and provided moral and material support to Eastern Turkestan movements, organizations, and activities…

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