Originally published by jamestown.org,16 Apr 2010
By Russell Hsiao
Publication: China Brief Volume: 10 Issue: 8
As the political crisis in Kyrgyzstan reaches a turning point, after opposition forces seized the capital Bishkek in a bloody clash and ousted the president and his allies, Chinese leaders from regions across China have reportedly descended upon Xinjiang en masse in a rare spectacle that carried with it a heavy political undertone. The sight of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders at the top provincial party-secretary level arriving in droves in Xinjiang appears to highlight the importance that the Chinese leadership attaches to the future of this restive northwestern region in the People’s Republic that still hangs uncertainly against the backdrop of the violent Urumqi uprising last July (Ming Pao [Hong Kong], April 13).
There is little doubt that the turmoil transpiring in the neighboring Central Asian republic is on the minds of the Chinese leadership. Following the quick succession of events that eventually forced former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakyiev to flee the capital, the Chinese Foreign Ministry immediately issued a statement expressing that it “is deeply concerned” about the situation and hopes the country will restore peace soon and maintain stability. “China hopes issues will be settled in a lawful way,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular briefing. Additional reports indicate that China is suspending road and public transportation links with neighboring Kyrgyzstan (China Daily, April 8; Ming Pao, April 13; Radio Free Asia, April 13).Continue Reading →