Why Xi Jinping’s muscular approach in Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong will backfire

Allen Carlson
Nov 24 , 2020

A narrative has taken root around the world that China under President Xi Jinping is making an unprecedented move to strip away the rights previously granted to those living on the country’s periphery. Such a story is wrong.

Not because the Chinese leader isn’t clamping down on this population. He is. But, rather, it lacks proper historical perspective. For while Beijing has long pledged to protect China’s border regions, autonomy for those who call such places home has never been more than a false promise.

Yet, over time, within the walls of such an empty fortress, Chinese policies have varied.

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