February 22, 2019

A TIME FOR CHOOSING:

Will Uighurs upend Turkey-China relations? (Semih Idiz, February 22, 2019, Al Monitor)

Turkey's scorching condemnation of China on Feb. 9 over the treatment of the Turkic Uighur minority in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region caught many, including Uighur activists in Turkey, by surprise. Few expected such an outburst after Ankara's prolonged period of silence despite China's well-documented and ongoing repressive policies against the Uighurs.

Ankara's statement pleased many in the expatriate Uighur community, giving them hope that it signals the start of a new and more dynamic policy regarding their cause. Others are not so sure, however, due to past experience, broken promises and Turkey's openly expressed and actively pursued desire to develop ties with China as a counterbalance to its deteriorating ties with the West.

Posted by at February 22, 2019 5:08 PM

  

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