I’ve been aware of the Xinjiang situation ever since Chinese President Hu Jintao left the G-8 summit to deal with it. The situation is what we like to call a riot in this part of the globe. It was a bloody one.
The facts are that the Uighur people of the region rebelled against the Chinese government. The region is a Uighur majority, but the government has been encouraging ethnic majority Han Chinese to settle in the region.
Some see this as a clear attempt to push the Muslim population out by reducing their dominion over their own land. A 34% increase in Han population has been noted since 1949–source below.
The assault has (as is often the case with China) even targeted their Turkic language.
Now, everybody has a side and pointing fingers is without purpose. It’s the Chinese government’s fault one way or the other, because regardless of who instituted the riot, they rule the region. When something this big blows up largely because of their own initiatives, they bear responsibility.
But what are they securing? In a run-on sentence regarding a victim of the riots, a Mr. Lu, we find the answer.
“Mr. Lu and his parents are typical of the many Han migrants who, at the encouragement of the Chinese government, have settled among the Muslim Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking race that is the largest ethnic group in oil-rich region of Xinjiang. The influx of Han, the dominant ethnic group in China, has transformed Xinjiang: the percentage of Han in the population was 40 percent in 2000, up from 6 percent in 1949.”
So essentially, while the rest of the world is dutifully pretending to care about carbon emissions and the impending heat-death of our planet, China is solidifying control of a region mainly populated by people who hate them, do not share their religion or language, and are sitting on top of the very thing (we claim) we’re trying to stop using.
Yes, we owe China an utterly abhorrent amount of money. With this they buy a seat at the big table.
Abysmal poverty, military jackboot law enforcement, gestapo-level information control, and this. These are the people we have to pretend to be negotiating with.
This is what the G-20 is inviting to Pittsburgh.
To further the point, a comment from a Reuters article elaborating on the value of the Xinjiang region:
“Xinjiang has long been a tightly controlled hotbed of ethnic tensions, fostered by an economic gap between many Uighurs and Han Chinese, government controls on religion and culture and an influx of Han migrants who now are the majority in most key cities, including Urumqi.
Beijing cannot afford to lose its grip on a vast territory that borders Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, has abundant oil reserves and is China’s largest natural gas-producing region.”