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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tough Luck

Some report about very professional performance of Chinese police and the army during the crisis in Xinjiang, China. This is for example from a blog by the Telegraph reporter.

A note on the performance of the Chinese police during this crisis: from what I’ve seen they have been highly disciplined and professional under extremely challenging circumstances and deserve real praise for this.

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I don’t claim to be an expert in riot control, but I have reported on mass protests in many different cities around the world - in the UK (football riots in London), in Africa (Harare and Lagos), in Pakistan (Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar) and in several cities in India - and I’m happy to say that China’s police have showed far greater professionalism, discipline and restraint than I’ve observed in many of those places.


Another thing that calls attention - China was actively courting media during this crisis. Until now I did not really encounter reports about the Chinese blocking access to Xinjiang for media or deporting foreign reporters. This is in striking contrast to the coverage of the green revolution in Iran.

From the practical point of view, however, the question is really if the latest events, and the overwhelming majority of victims seem to be Han Chinese, will deal a blow to the Chinese policy of resettling Xinjiang and Tibet with thousands of ethnic Chinese. In Tibet Han Chinese account for more than 50% of the population, but the Chinese are reportedly struggling to establish a massive enough core of permanent colonists. Tibet's high altitudes are apparently not a very healthy environment for people who did not grow up there. Many Chinese eventually leave on the grounds of health and climate only to be replaced by new migrants.

This is not the situation in Xinjiang, however, where the ethnic Chinese population is about 50% and its core is stable. The next decade may become crucial in this sense since if the current migratory patterns persist, the fate of Xinjiang will be soon sealed for the foreseeable future, if not forever. Admittedly, such violent uprisings is the only means left to the Uighur nationalists if they want to try to stop the inevitable. Together Xinjiang and Tibet account for roughly 40% of the territory of China. The superpower, now chronically short on land, water and other resources, is in no mood for compromises. These days being a Tibetan or Uighur nationalist is a tough luck.

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