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Xinjiang’s Kaleidoscope of Cultures


As hard as the Beijing government works to incorporate the Central Asian province of Xinjiang into its concept of a "core" nation, resistance on the part of minority Uyghurs remains strong and focused. Many see the central government's regional efforts as nothing more than a ploy to prey on abundant natural resources and to force Han majority rule on territories that for centuries were marked nomadic independence. While China has made some inroads, contradictions are more evident than gains.

As hard as the Beijing government works to incorporate the Central Asian province of Xinjiang into its concept of a “core” nation, resistance on the part of minority Uyghurs remains strong and focused. Many see the central government’s regional efforts as nothing more than a ploy to prey on abundant natural resources and to force Han majority rule on territories that for centuries were marked nomadic independence. While China has made some inroads, contradictions are more evident than gains.

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