Xinjiang leader to visit India next week

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  1. sandeepdg

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    New Delhi: India is reaching out to China's restive province of Xinjiang. Nur Bekri, chairman of Xinjiang province, will make his first visit to India early next week with a business delegation that is primarily aimed at assessing Indian interest in China's north-western province - both politically and economically.

    Bekri will meet vice-president Hamid Ansari and other ministers and also address a CII business meeting. He will visit the Taj Mahal and travel to Mumbai. The interest in Bekri's visit stems from the unique position that Xinjiang occupies in China. The Muslim-majority Uighur population, which has, at various times, opposed the Han Chinese domination in Xinjiang, the only place where extremist Islamic radical groups have targeted the Chinese state.

    On December 9, Chinese General Ma Xiaotian will hold the annual defence dialogue with Indian defence secretary: a sign that in this sector, Sino-India ties are back to a more normal level. Bilateral defence ties had gone through a rocky patch, when India cut off defence ties with China after the latter refused a visa to the Indian Northern area commander last year.

    Earlier this year, militants attacked public places in Hotan and Kashgar in Xinjiang province, setting fire and killing many people. In Kashgar, the government blamed the attacks on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), saying one of the men who had been caught had confessed that some of leaders of the group had trained in Pakistan in bomb-making and weapons handling and had returned to carry out terrorist attacks. This was the first time an accusation has been made against Pakistan, traditionally a close ally of China. The incident brought the Pakistan president and half its leadership to China to reassure Beijing.

    Analysts say, while China's closeness with Pakistan will continue, Islamabad's support for Islamic radical groups may make things difficult for both of them to go forward. Recent reports suggest that China has asked Pakistan for permission to set up military bases in the FATA regions, so they can monitor Uighur camps better. There is no confirmation from China on this.

    Xinjiang leader to visit India next week - The Times of India
     
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  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I read this news.

    Interesting.

    Maybe he is being sent to have a 'feel' of the Indian view on the Xinjiang issue.

    He should be made to meet some fundamentalist Muslim leaders of India so that either side knows how the pennies fall!
     
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    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    I doubt India even has a Xinjiang policy. the guy coming here is going to be disappointed.

    What is the business delegation going to achieve anyway? It's Chinese held territory. China is not goin to approve any business deal that. By passes it's sovereignt.
     
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    Then why is he visiting?
     
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    Nur Bekri :

    Chairman and Vice Secretary of the Party Committee of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and an Alternate Member of the 17th CPC Central Committee.

    Nur Bekri, ethnic Uygur, was born in August 1961. A native of Bole, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, he began his career in August 1983 and joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in December 1982.

    Nov. 1978 – Aug. 1983: Studied in the Political Faculty of Xinjiang University.

    Aug. 1983 – Nov. 1984: Secretary of the Youth League of Xinjiang University.

    Nov. 1984 – Jan. 1989: Vice Secretary of Xinjiang University Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL).

    Jan. 1989 – Jan. 1992: Secretary of Xinjiang University Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL).

    Jan. 1992 – Sep. 1993: Director of the Publicity Department for the Party Committee of Xinjiang University.

    Sep. 1993 – Apr. 1995: Assistant Administrative Commissioner in Kashgar City, Xinjiang.

    Apr. 1995 – Mar. 1996: Administrative Commissioner in Kashgar City, Xinjiang.

    Mar. 1996 – Feb. 1998: Vice Secretary-General for the government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

    Feb. 1998 – Mar. 1998: Vice Secretary of the CPC Urumqi Municipal Committee in Xinjiang, and also Vice Mayor of Urumqi.

    Mar. 1998 – Dec. 2000: Vice Secretary of the CPC Urumqi Municipal Committee, and also Mayor of Urumqi.

    Dec. 2000 – Jan. 2001: Standing Committee Member of the CPC Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Committee.

    Jan. 2001 – Apr. 2003: Vice Secretary of the CPC Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Committee, Vice Secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

    Jan. 2005: Vice Secretary of the CPC Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Committee.

    Jan. 2008: Chairman of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.


    Who's Who in China's Leadership
     
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    Duh!!! Thanks dwarka. Should have checked the antecedents myself. The guy is a commie party member. So what's the party up to sending a delegate to India? Probably the one thing they wild like to extract from Indian leadership is to declare the East Turkistan army as terrorist organization and to recognize the Xinjiang area as integral part of China. India should not do anything of that sort. That would be outright stupid on our part. We have to leverage that with our own interests in Gilgit. Don't yield anything to the Chinis.

    Indian think tanks also have to come up with aims and objectives and formulate a policy towards that region as also other regions of CAR.

    And yeah, India does NOT have to keep Chini sensitivities in mind.
     
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    He is the head of the Xinjian Province and you can't get a govt. job in China without being a member of the CPC. So this is not going to be some covert attempt by Uighurs to solicit Indian help.

    The one thing the Chinese do appreciate from what I have read is how the Indian muslim community is integrated in an overall Indian identity or in general how despite such large ethnic/linguistic diversity, India has been able to maintain its unity. But ofcourse this is because of the recognition and freedom to practice your religion, ethnic or linguistic practices.

    But India should engage this region and use this as an opportunity to increase its links in that region. Maybe open a consulate in Urumqi and assign an intelligence attache there. It will be a long term task but we can use that to develop assets in the region.
     
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