Author profile: Stanley W. Toops

Understanding the disturbances in Xinjiang

Stanley W. Toops • Jul 9 2009 • Articles

Xinjiang is economically and geopolitically important to China. It is the country’s number three oil producer and represents one-sixth of China’s territory. Given the significance of oil and the role of China in Central Asia, stability in Xinjiang is key to the Chinese state. The underlying factors behind the events of July 5, 2009, in Urumqi include cultural, economic and political dimensions.

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