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July 6, 2009
Q&A: Ask your questions on Uighur unrest in China

As ethnic clashes between the Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese turn deadly,’s weekly radio show explores the recent riots involving China’s Uighur minority. The show also looks at Uighur aspirations of secession, Han Chinese immigration and Chinese nationalism.

The Muslim Uighurs live in the oil-rich Xinjiang region, north of Tibet. The Chinese government has imposed restrictions on the Uighurs’ religious practice in this autonomous region and many Uighurs resent Chinese rule and complain of discrimination.

Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge hosts the following panel of guests:

Enze Han is a PhD candidate in political science at George Washington University. He grew up in Hangzhou, China, and came to the U.S. in 2004. His research focuses on ethnic minorities in China, and he received a fellowship to study the politics of separatism.

Andrew James Nathan is a political science professor at Columbia University. His teaching and research interests include Chinese politics, foreign policy, and human rights. His books include Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization and How East Asians View Democracy. Watch the Worldfocus’ television interview with Prof. Nathan: Scores killed in China in violent ethnic clashes.

Alim Seytoff is spokesperson for the World Uyghur Congress, Vice-President of Uyghur-American Association, and director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project. He came to the U.S. from China in 1996.

The show also includes a statement from Wenqi Gao, the spokesperson for the Consulate General of China in New York, and, as always, questions from our listeners.




I agree with Steve. Since they had no economic relations with Iran, it was easy to condemn the opressive regime there. But they reveal their true colors and their ‘respect’ for human life by staying silent about the opression of the Uygurs when it comes to the big bully that is China. I apologize to the Uygur Turks on behalf of the western world for our lack of sensitivity and action.


Why no damnation from the civilized Western World?
Is this not ethnic cleansing?
I guess we pick and choose fights…we can’t fight a bigger bully like China…

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