A police delegate from the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region wears medals on his uniform as he arrives for the opening session of China’s National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in March this year. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Xinjiang’s history would not be surprised by the problems of this restive region. Photo: AP

Independence today? History instructs, but don’t take seriously the ‘what ifs’ of the past and future

Philip Bowring says while national borders are fluid over time, from Europe to the Middle East and Asia, the study of history should not blind us to present realities. National leaders, in particular, should heed the lessons of why empires rise and fall

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A police delegate from the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region wears medals on his uniform as he arrives for the opening session of China’s National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in March this year. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Xinjiang’s history would not be surprised by the problems of this restive region. Photo: AP
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