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Beyond Xinjiang: Xi Jinping's Ethnic Crackdown
journal contributionposted on 21.10.2021, 01:56 by James LeiboldJames Leibold
In 2015, Xinjiang authorities provided all minority students with an extra 50 points on the exam, and a further 20 points for students with at least one minority parent in the four prefectures of southern Xinjiang. In January, the U.S. State Department declared that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was committing ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, something later echoed by the new Biden administration. Aspects of China's new policy direction are certainly destructive, yet their colonial intent ultimately seeks to transform - not exterminate - the physical and social landscape of Xinjiang and other peripheral regions under the government's control. In Xi's self-declared "new era", the "party must lead all", with power, authority, and ideology concentrated in the party center with Xi at its core. [Extracted from the article]