Uyghurs and The Xinjiang Conflict

The Xinjiang Wars

The Xinjiang Wars were a series of armed conflicts that took place in what is now the Xinjiang province of the People's Republic of China.  Following the fall of the the Qing dynasty and the creation of the Republic of China--the GMD--the region became a hotbed of political revolt largely centered around pan-Islamic and pan-Turkic ideals as well as a sought after buffer zone between the newly established states of the Soviet Union and the Republic of China (and later the communist People's Republic of China).  The historical result was a complex interplay between Turkic, Han, Islamic and other ethnic, cultural and religious identities within the larger context of the Soviet-era political re-ordering of Central Asia.