Colonization with Chinese Characteristics: Politics of (In)Security in Xinjiang and Tibet

Anand, D. 2019. Colonization with Chinese Characteristics: Politics of (In)Security in Xinjiang and Tibet. Central Asian Survey. 38 (1), pp. 129-147. doi:10.1080/02634937.2018.1534801

TitleColonization with Chinese Characteristics: Politics of (In)Security in Xinjiang and Tibet
TypeJournal article
AuthorsAnand, D.
Abstract

China as a victim rather than a proponent of modern colonialism is an essential myth that animates Chinese nationalism. The Chinese statist project of occupying, minoritizing and securitizing different ethno-national peoples of Central Asia such as Uyghurs and Tibetans, with their own claims to homelands, is a colonial project. Focusing on China’s securitized and militarized rule in Xinjiang and Tibet, the article will argue that the most appropriate lens through which this can be understood is neither nation-building, nor internal colonialism but modern colonialism. It argues that the representation of Uyghurs and Tibetans as sources of insecurity not only legitimizes state violence as a securitizing practice but also serves contemporary Chinese colonial goals.

KeywordsColonialism; Securitization; China; Uyghurs; Xinjiang; Tibet; Nationalism
JournalCentral Asian Survey
Journal citation38 (1), pp. 1-19
ISSN1465-3354
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Routledge
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/02634937.2018.1534801

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