Separatism in Xinjiang: Between Local Problems and International Jihad?
This paper discusses the separatist and terrorist elements in the Xinjiang region and the Chinese authorities' reaction to them. The author argues that the incidents at Urumqi in 2009 and in Hotan and Kashgar in 2011 have questioned the assumption by Chinese authorities on maintaining strict vigil over the separatist elements. She also examines the lack of precise definitions for the attacks (separatist, terrorist or extremist) by the Chinese authorities as well as the international reaction to the violence in Xinjiang.
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