An anti-terror exercise by security forces in Xinjiang in February. Xinjiang’s location has always made Beijing vigilant about its security and apt to respond with a heavy hand to outbursts of anti-state violence or unrest. Photo: Handout

Why Xi Jinping’s belt and road rhetoric of inclusion rings hollow among the Muslim Uygurs of Xinjiang

Michael Clarke says the creation of a veritable police state in Xinjiang, along with curbs on religious freedoms, is fuelling alienation and even radicalisation among Uygurs, amid concern over whether greater trans-Eurasian connectivity will help to channel jihadist tendencies

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An anti-terror exercise by security forces in Xinjiang in February. Xinjiang’s location has always made Beijing vigilant about its security and apt to respond with a heavy hand to outbursts of anti-state violence or unrest. Photo: Handout
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