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What does China want?

Jonathan Steele: China in the Stans, 24 October 2013

Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia 
by Philip Shishkin.
Yale, 316 pp., £20, June 2013, 978 0 300 18436 5
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The Chinese Question in Central Asia: Domestic Order, Social Change and the Chinese Factor 
by Marlène Laruelle and Sébastien Peyrouse.
Hurst, 271 pp., £40, October 2012, 978 1 84904 179 9
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... far worse problems in the part of Central Asia subject to China’s rule, as Marlène Laruelle and Sébastien Peyrouse, two French scholars of the region, both at George Washington University, point out in their book. In Xinjiang, where massive immigration by Han Chinese has reduced the Muslim Uyghurs to about 45 per cent of the population, resentment is ...

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