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The Past and Present of the Xinjiang Separatist Movement

Xinjiang, located at the North-west of China, routes of the ancient silk roads, is a deep inland of vastness and mysteriousness composed of two distinct regions, geographically, historically and ethnically. They are respectively Dzungaria north of the Tianshan Mountains, and the Tarim Basin south of the Tianshan Mountains, currently mainly inhabited by the Uyghurs. The two distinct regions were renamed Xinjiang in 1884, meaning “new frontier,” when both regions were reconquered by the Chinese Qing dynasty after the Dungan revolt (1862–1877). A natural beauty and cultural richness, Xinjiang is a fascinating place of attraction. But in the eyes of some…

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