border review | 4 August 2011

What happens in Xinjiang?

While the agencies (Reuters, UPI)  and news channels (Al JazeeraCNN) cobble together the bits and pieces known about the recent incidents in Xinjiang, and Indian commentators mischievously report cracks in the ‘all-weather friendship’ between Pakistan and China because of alleged terrorist training camps in Pakistan, we still have no idea  about anything. Were the incidents in Hotan and Kashgar in any way linked? Is there anything that points at a political agenda? Is there any statement by the elusive Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), if it still exists as a group (what many specialists doubt according to Micheal Dillon)? Who exactly was targeted and why?