Interwoven 'Destinies': the significance of Xinjiang to the China Dream, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the Xi Jinping Legacy

Hayes, Anna (2020) Interwoven 'Destinies': the significance of Xinjiang to the China Dream, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the Xi Jinping Legacy. Journal of Contemporary China, 29 (121). pp. 31-45.

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Abstract

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has been an uncomfortable fit within the Chinese state. However, XUAR's location on the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) has increased the importance of this frontier region and it is now an important element in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China's future. Moreover, given the BRI now underpins Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, XUAR has increasingly become interwoven into the China Dream, the BRI and Xi's legacy, resulting in serious human rights violations there. This article argues that the repressive control of XUAR demonstrates Beijing's acute anxiety over opening this region up to external influences, particularly from Central Asian and Middle Eastern SREB states.

Item ID: 58539
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-9400
Keywords: Xi Jinping, China Dream, Belt and Road Initiative, Xinjiang, Uyghurs
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Copyright Information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 00:53
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems @ 60%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9403 International Relations > 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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