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Radnitz: Prosperity can’t buy minorities’ loyalty in China

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November 12, 2013

Xinjiang_in_China_(de-facto).svgEllison Center Director Scott Radnitz looks at China’s strategies for integrating ethnic Uighurs in his latest Foreign Policy Magazine article. Radnitz and co-author Sean Roberts argue that neither sticks nor carrots are working to integrate the population. Rather, the Chinese government’s outdated development strategy is at the root of increasing instability. Modernization and material goods did not buy loyalty among the disparate nations of the USSR and it has not been effective among China’s ethnic Uighurs. Read more about Why the carrot isn’t working, either, and join the Ellison Center this Thursday for Dr. Dru Glaney’s talk “China Plays the Uighur Card.” The talk will examine China’s important and changing relationship with the Middle East, especially with regard to the recent tumultuous events there following several uprisings and revolutions across North Africa and the Middle East, known as the “Arab Spring.”  

China Plays the Uighur Card: Central Asia & East Turkestan between Baghdad & Beijing
Thursday November 14, 2013
12:30 – 2:00 | Thomson 317