Xinjiang and the 'War Against Terror': We Have Terrorists Too

There was surprise at the speed with which China moved to support the coalition against terrorism led by the United States.

The World Today Updated 23 October 2020 Published 1 January 2002 5 minute READ

Michael Dillon

Director of the Centre for Contemporary in Chinese Studies, University of Durham

Relations with Washington had been strained for some time: many in China still believed that that the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade was not an accident; Chinese-American scientists had been accused of passing nuclear secrets to Beijing; a US reconnaissance plane had made a forced landing on the island of Hainan after a mid-air crash with a Chinese fighter; and the thorny issue of American support for Taiwan’s anti-missile defences remained. But observers had failed to reckon with the biggest threat to the country’s stability.

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