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China's Uyghur problem after the 2009 Urumqi riot: repression, recompense, readiness, resistance


Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter TerrorismJournal abstract

China's largely Turkic Muslim Xinjiang (Uyghur) Autonomous Region has been considered by the national leadership as the country's frontline in the fight against separatist terrorism since the 1990s. To forestall and punish acts of organised and premeditated violence, different administrations in Xinjiang have variably employed a ‘hard’ repressive strategy, a ‘soft’ reward-based strategy, or a ‘middling’ surveillance/monitoring strategy, and sometimes a combination of all three. Many discontented Uyghurs see the government's approaches to dealing with ethnic unrests as means to achieve its integrationist/assimilationist ends, and this perception does not bode well for the state's endeavour to ensure a more peaceful, and stable society in Xinjiang.

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