Indonesian Muslims gather in front of China’s embassy in Jakarta to protest against the treatment of Uygurs in China on December 27, 2019. Photo: dpa Indonesian Muslims gather in front of China’s embassy in Jakarta to protest against the treatment of Uygurs in China on December 27, 2019. Photo: dpa
Indonesian Muslims gather in front of China’s embassy in Jakarta to protest against the treatment of Uygurs in China on December 27, 2019. Photo: dpa
Raffaello Pantucci
Opinion

Opinion

Raffaello Pantucci

Why China is becoming the bogeyman in its border lands

  • Chinese people, embassies and projects are increasingly the target of separatist and terrorist violence as protests against Uygur treatment grow
  • As a big player, China’s mere presence and support for the authorities in the region makes it a target for local anger

Indonesian Muslims gather in front of China’s embassy in Jakarta to protest against the treatment of Uygurs in China on December 27, 2019. Photo: dpa Indonesian Muslims gather in front of China’s embassy in Jakarta to protest against the treatment of Uygurs in China on December 27, 2019. Photo: dpa
Indonesian Muslims gather in front of China’s embassy in Jakarta to protest against the treatment of Uygurs in China on December 27, 2019. Photo: dpa
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Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci is a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. His work focuses on terrorism, counter-terrorism and China's Eurasian relations. He has a forthcoming book on China's relations with Central Asia and most of his work can be found at raffaellopantucci.com. Prior to Covid-19, he spent a good portion of his time traversing the Eurasian continent seeking understanding about the new continental dynamics.