Uighur Dilemma (2009): Ever since the violence between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese, a fear of fanaticism has taken hold. Is the government’s decision to demolish the Uighur area Kashgar really due to an earthquake threat?

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Kashgar is a cultural icon. Parts of the city have stood for 2000 years and within its labyrinth, Uighur traditions are unchanged. ‘We live as we did in the old times’ says Tursun, a 6 generation pot thrower. But times are changing. Beijing’s deputy mayor has announced that destruction of the old town is the only way to prepare for an earthquake threat. ‘I spent my whole childhood in this place. If they destroy it, we can’t continue our business’ cries one of Kashgar’s many blacksmiths. Many Uighur’s are convinced that the authorities ‘never tell the truth’. Yet some are happy to be rehoused in government buildings, admitting that their homes are dangerous. Kashgar is of great strategic value for China – if small separatist groups here link with Taliban insurgents across the border, there could be a full-scale armed conflict in Western China. ‘If a handful of religious extremists, or international terrorists appear, we will crack down on them immediately’ says Beijing’s deputy mayor. His plan could rebuild a sour relationship. Or give the Uighurs a new reason to throw off Chinese occupation of their homeland.

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  1. The Uighurs currently living and working in China aren't the ones complaining. It's the East Turkestan government-in-exile (ETGE) being supported by the U.S. that is causing most of the problems. Until about 16 years ago there was no such entity as East Turkestan. Less than a year ago the U.S. took the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) off it's terrorist list. This is all about U.S. Capitalists being afraid of the CPC successfully running China. The leaders of ETIM had nothing to say when asked about the status of Mongols living in the fictitious country of East Turkistan. There is a very long history of Mongols and the Uighurs, and that will also become China's problem if the U.S. has its way.

  2. Wow, it was a hugh transformation done for the better to the people in Xinjiang. With safety in mind, the government had looked at the interest of their people and provided the right infrastructure. The Uighurs are very fortunate to have a good government. Change for the better is always difficult at the beginning. For what it is today, it has transformed from ruins to a safe and beautiful city.

  3. US started Wars in the Middle East , killed 801,000 Muslin and created 37 million refugees ( see Report from Brown University ) .

    With so much attention from US & UK , should Uyghur Muslin in Xinjiang be scared of being killed or becoming refugees 😥 ?

    If you were one of the Uyghurs , what would you say ?   LEAVE ME ALONE 😱  😱 !!!

  4. The good news, as it would seem, is that a decade on and the Chinese government did come good on its promise to rebuild houses, blacksmith quarters, mosques etc. Sadly now haters have a new narrative claiming that they are only doing so to boost tourism. The reality about China is if there is a old building which is about to fall down, the government couldn’t care who lives in it or what it is – mosque, church, home or whatever – they will just tear it down and rebuild it.

  5. Sadly this is what happens when modernisation and progress is condensed into a few years. I can see the importance of integration and anti-poverty, but they really need to understand the importance of preserving culture – maybe don't rush things?

  6. How dare these people wants modern way of life. Let's keep them poor and uneducated And call that a culture preservation. Always love how some people watch this on an iPad and pretend to care.

  7. what's really clever is that you can still visit Xinjiang. And actually they are promoting it for tourism and using that BOTH as an excuse to destroy and disrupt things AND as evidence that nothing that wrong could be going on there.
    You gotta give them credit, and they are going to get away with it. They know at least that they can go up to the point where "genocide" is still debatable, and nothing will happen internationally. (They could actually even holocaust them and nobody would flinch, but trade would be disrupted at that point, so they won't)

  8. I am ashamed that the rest of the world stands by as this population is decimated. That is China's aim. My dad who went through WWII and who got along with ALL nationalities, cultures, religions, would always say " Beware the Yellow Peril" . I know good Chinese people who do not support their government's tyranny and who have left their country behind. I feel certain that many of the people shown in this documentary have been moved to so-called repatriation centres. We look back on the Holocaust and wonder that atrocities could have been visited on so many with such impunity. Well here we are witnessing history in the remaking. During WWII the allies were fighting for their own freedom. What is our excuse today ?

  9. Honestly, I've lived in China for almost 20 years… demolishing old buildings and moving people into new building projects is happening all over China and is not specifically targeted at any ethnicity. If you go to the capital Beijing, you'll find that the exact same thing happened to the Hutongs there. They restore some old living quarters for cultural and historical value, and as tourist attractions, but most have been torn down and people have been moved to apartment blocks. For me this is why I don't trust western media reporting on China, it's always biased and lacks context.

  10. Xinjiang was under Mongol rule for hundreds of years and then later under the Qing Dynasty up until 1911 when the Republic of China took control from the last Emperor. After the Chinese civil war. the CCP took over from the ROC. So Xinjiang have been part of China for over 900yrs.

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